If you’re part of the dwindling number of Americans who still rely on the news networks for your information, then surely you saw how awesomely popular our failed president is as he stumped in Ohio Saturday. Problem for him is even events he holds that are free to the public can’t fill an arena.
The president, who was propelled to power in the 2008 election thanks in part to huge rallies across the nation, hoped to regain that momentum with events in large arenas in Columbus, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia.
Come game time, however, with his first event – which was free and open to the public – held at Ohio State University, his numbers appeared to fall flat, according to several reports.
One photo taken and posted to Twitter by Republican rival Mitt Romney’s campaign spokesman Ryan Williams showed the floor and seats with more space than people.
The Columbus Dispatch reported 14,000 filling the center’s 20,000 seats.
According to the paper, event organisers busied themselves moving people from the stage’s surrounding seats to the arena’s floor to depict a better crowd to television cameras.
The Republican National Committee released their own email statement earlier Saturday morning, however, in the mocking form of fake prepared remarks for the president’s rally in Columbus.
‘Ohio, thanks for the tepid welcome. I know I’m not as popular here as I once was, so I’ll take what I can get,’ the RNC said in the imagined speech it dubbed ‘as prepared for reality.’‘It turns out the hope and change I promised didn’t work out. So, we’ve launched a new strategy: hype and blame,’ the RNC’s email said.