If ever there were a picture of Barack Obama’s seriously sinking popularity, this is it — a shot taken at a rare campaign appearance made by the president — a photo showing people leaving a Democrat rally in Maryland while Obama was speaking.
Multiple news sources are reporting that people actually walked out in droves while President Obama was urging them to get out to vote for Democrats in the midterms. And these were not Obama opponents — by all indications, these were the president’s people — those who would likely have been jumping up and down and blowing kisses a few years ago.
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Obama went to Maryland on Sunday to campaign with the Democrat candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, the current lieutenant governor. Reuters reported on the walkouts by lots of folks as Obama tried to rally the troops in the high school auditorium:
…early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
“You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington.
Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
A politico.com piece on Obama’s campaign appearance noted that the president was speaking in a location where one would assume his popularity remains high:
This is Obama country — Barack Obama Elementary School is just down the road, and close to 90 percent of votes cast here in the 2012 presidential election were for him, the best he did in any county in the state.
The crowd was energetic in waiting for the president and in welcoming him to the stage, but once the president started speaking, the crowd began streaming out, a few at first, but then by the dozen once Obama was about 10 minutes into his talk.
A tweet from a political reporter covering the event for TIME tells the story:
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 19, 2014
The Reuters reporter on scene echoed the surprise at the walkout:
Lots of people, at least up front near where journalists are sitting, appear to be leaving this rally now that Obama has started speaking.
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) October 19, 2014
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