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President Obama finally starts his 2012 campaign

**Written by Doug Powers

Yesterday, after a hundred-something fundraisers and countless other rally-style speeches not officially labeled campaign events, President Obama officially kicked off his 2012 campaign.

Maybe it’s because Obama has been in perpetual campaign mode since taking office that this “first 2012 campaign rally” didn’t pack the house to the rafters like in ’08:


The above photo was tweeted by the Romney campaign, and other pictures also show an empty upper tier (click for full size):


Sticking to the campaign theme, the crowd was asked to move Forward™:

The rally was one the Buckeye men’s basketball team might have envied, with the revved up audience repeatedly chanting “four more years.”

But the event fell short of the 20,000 supporters the campaign had forecast as organizers moved people from seats to the arena floor in front of the dais to project fullness to television audiences. Obama volunteers had worked feverishly over the last week to gin up a crowd, making multiple calls to residents believed to be supportive of the president.

From the Toledo Blade:

At the same time, he acknowledged the pain that still exists more than three years into his presidency. Two years ago, when campaigning on the Ohio State campus for former Gov. Ted Strickland, he drew some 35,000 people. There were a lot of empty seats today in the Schottenstein, which seats 20,000.

The enthusiasm may be waning compared to 2008, but as you can see here, Obama can still cast a spell on those willing to suspend disbelief (click for full size):


If you look closely at one of the photographs you can see that Julia was in attendance:


To convince Julia to show up, the campaign told her the rally would feature Joe Biden riding around the arena in a golf cart shooting free contraceptives into the crowd from a hot dog cannon, but that never happened, and early reports are that Julia left unhappy.

**Written by Doug Powers

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  1. Well another thing that didn’t go all that wonderful, bho started to go down the ramp on AF1, flopping hands/wrists, but forgot mo was with him?

  2. Obama can still cast a spell on those willing to suspend disbelief

    *Could it be those women in the picture came to verify what ImBiben referred to as “a big stick”?; Wake up people, ladies included, to a future failed socialist state with 4 more years of P-BO, or at least a chance of a better future for your children and grandchildren with Romney!
    *Starting to read Tom Coburns’ “The Debt Bomb”, and he is giving us 2 years to reverse course or we are doomed; He is right and that means under any and all circumstances, P-BO must be fired!

  3. Start spending money now so that when it comes to the final push the Dems will be broke.

  4. Those women look like goldfish in a pet store waiting to be fed; you know, how they all gather at the top of the water when you wave your hand over the tank?

  5. On May 6th, 2012 at 12:10 pm, shimauma2 said:

    By golly, I think you are right!

  6. I cannot believe the picture with all the women looking up. That has to be the creepiest picture of the year. Talking about being led by the nose. Julia would be so proud of these independent women /sarc. I’m so glad my daughter grew up with some common since.

  7. “The enthusiasm may be waning compared to 2008,but as you can see here,Obama can still cast a spell on those willing to suspend disbelief (click for full size):”

    Actually they look like baby birds waiting for the mother bird to drop a contraceptive worm into their mouths…including the guy with the beard.

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