Oh No — A No Show Crowd!

Russ Steele


Barack Obama launched his campaign today at Ohio State University, the largest college in a crucial swing state.  According to ABC News, the Obama campaign had expected an “overflow” of people. Instead, the arena was half-empty.

According to the Toledo Blade, the venue for Obama’s rally seats 20,000 but “there were a lot of empty seats.” Comparatively, Obama drew a crowd of 35,000 at Ohio State when he campaigned for former Governor Ted Strickland in 2010.

The crowd has a message when they fail to show.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

6 Responses to Oh No — A No Show Crowd!

  1. gjrebane says:

    That is not the message this morning from National Propaganda Radio which reported overflowing SRO crowds cheering and chanting wherever the messiah set foot and opened mouth.

    • Russ says:

      According to the repot, the organizers herded those in the back of the room to come forward, to fill the TV Camera viewing areas. The visual image this morning on Fox News was people standing behind Obama. There were no long views of the seating arrangements.

  2. The official Barack Obama Tumblr boasts a figure from ThinkProgress that 14,000 attended the event–70% of the stadium’s seating capacity.

  3. Brad Croul says:

    What do you expect if they were not serving free beer. I have never understood why people show up for these events anyway. You either like the guy, or not.

  4. Dena says:

    Obama really missed out on something when he was talking to Iran. He should have got some of Iran’s Photoshop people to fill in the upper levels.
    Second thought, maybe that’s not such a good idea after all.

  5. gjrebane says:

    Never mind filling in the upper levels at the rallies. Obama should have used some of that good Iranian talent to do a better job photoshopping a much more important document.

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