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People left Obama rally while president was still speaking

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:24 pm - November 4, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

If Obama wins on Tuesday, he will owe much of his success to his most immediate Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton. That one-time Arkansan gave the most memorable speech at their party’s convention — and offered the best case for Obama’s reelection despite the sluggish economic recovery.

And yesterday, after Clinton spoke at an Obama rally in Virginia, the president wonder if he were a “sort of a prop” in his own campaign.  Does seem like some of the participants thought so as well.  As the Democrat was still speaking, Charlie Spiering reports, “many people took their cue and began making their way to the exits to beat the parking lot traffic on the way out.”

Better to avoid traffic than to hear the presidential candidate you support?

No wonder that a New York Times reporter finds that “There’s a real sense of enthusiasm for the Romney Campaign… And, on the other side, the excitement and enthusiasm is not there.

SOMEWHAT RELATED:  Bill Clinton:   Obama’s best frenemy.

UPDATE: Obama campaign getting crowds totally excited about voting for Bill Clinton on Tuesday

ALSO SOMEWHAT RELATED: Obama points to Clinton’s example in final days of race:

Mr. Obama also leaves unstated that his own economic policies have yet to produce strong growth.

. . . .

A spokesman for the Romney campaign said Mr. Obama is reaching back to the Clinton presidency because his own leadership hasn’t produced enough jobs.



  1. They know he’s losing.

    Comment by Sue_Purb — November 4, 2012 @ 3:36 pm - November 4, 2012

  2. But Romney lost ths race weeks ago! The election is over!!!

    Comment by Rattlesnake — November 4, 2012 @ 3:40 pm - November 4, 2012

  3. A news article I read earlier makes me wonder how many people are saying they support Obama in public, but when that curtain closes behind them….and in some areas of the country, look around to make sure they aren’t being secretly watched….will vote for Romney.

    Comment by Tom — November 4, 2012 @ 3:59 pm - November 4, 2012

  4. I’m pretty sure a very SIGNIFICANT number of people fit that description, Tom.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — November 4, 2012 @ 4:03 pm - November 4, 2012

  5. To be fair, the same thing happened at a Mitt Romney event here in Jefferson County, Colorado a few weeks ago. It also happens at sporting events before the game is over, even if the game is very close. They’d rather see 8 innings of a game and get home at a reasonable hour, instead of seeing all 9 and getting home 3 hours later.

    I guess the real question is, “How many is ‘many’?”. If it was a quarter of the people there, that’s significant. It it was three dozen, that’s not. Just saying that “many” people left early is pretty vague.

    Comment by David Henderson — November 4, 2012 @ 4:16 pm - November 4, 2012

  6. This is getting off subject, but with the ongoing relief effort on the East Coast, the following site might help you decide where to donate if you’re not sure:

    I am not a Mormon, but it seems like they have their act together when it comes to getting it done.

    Comment by NOT a liberal Mom — November 4, 2012 @ 4:24 pm - November 4, 2012

  7. I guess the SEIU wouldn’t authorize anymore overtime.

    Comment by Sean A — November 4, 2012 @ 4:26 pm - November 4, 2012

  8. I kinda feel like people are clinging to anecdotes because they don’t like what the polls are saying.

    Comment by V the K — November 4, 2012 @ 4:37 pm - November 4, 2012

  9. People left Obama rally while president was still speaking

    Why? They found out they weren’t REALLY getting a “free” Obamaphone?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — November 4, 2012 @ 4:44 pm - November 4, 2012

  10. Two for one. Casting a vote for Mitt Romney will not only end Obama´s career, but we won´t have to see David Axelrod on the sunday morning talk show, except to explain why and how they lost the election.

    Comment by Roberto — November 4, 2012 @ 6:27 pm - November 4, 2012

  11. The people are tired of Obama’s empty rhetorical platitudes. They have had enough.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 4, 2012 @ 7:52 pm - November 4, 2012

  12. Roberto–it brought a tear to my eye to see David “Templeton the Rat” Axelrod rendered speechless by a question about Ohio early voting results. Did you happen to catch it?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — November 5, 2012 @ 1:08 am - November 5, 2012

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