No “Overflow” For Obama 2012 Campaign Kick Off At OSU –Not..Even..Close [Update: Obama Camp Was 'Trawling For Warm Bodies' -- NYT: "Feeling Of A Concert By An Aging Rock Star"]
The Obama campaign’s boast of an “overflow of people” attending…fell way short of expectations. Not only was there no “overflow”, the stadium was not even filled to capacity. (May 5, 2012)
(Breitbart) –According to ABC News, the Obama campaign had expected an “overflow” of people. Instead, the arena looked half-empty. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Obama organizers even had people move from the seats to the floor of the gym in order to project a larger crowd on television.
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 official Barack Obama Tumblr boasts a figure from ThinkProgress that 14,000 attended the event–70% of the stadium’s seating capacity.
The Lantern’s [Ohio State University's student newspaper] Obama empty OSU seats tweet:
(TWS) –President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign paid nearly $93k to hold a kick-off event at the Ohio State University in May. And, at the time, photos of the event showed large sections of the arena unoccupied, causing the New York Times to write that the kick-off event “had the feeling of a concert by an aging rock star.”
A new ebook published today by Glenn Thrush [Politico] explains that the empty seats that marred the expensive kick-off event were not because the Obama campaign did not try to fill them:
“In the week or so leading up to the Obama campaign’s official kickoff rally on May 5 at Ohio State University’s basketball arena in Columbus, Obama’s campaign had put out a maximum effort to fill the Schottenstein Center’s eighteen thousand seats. Trawling for warm bodies wasn’t an exercise Team Obama had experienced much in 2008. [...]
Obama’s Ohio team figured the downshift to a relatively small venue would guarantee success and assured Chicago the place would be full. [...]
[....]“There was one more thing: Obama would literally be staring at the empties, which were intentionally clustered outside the view of the camera pit facing his lectern [...]
Also see: LMAO! Obama Camp We Are “Intentionally” Limiting Crowd Size At Events’ (August 2012)