Media: Obama Is Still a Draw on Campuses… Even Though His Crowds Are Much Smaller

Obama is sucking raw egg on college campuses right now. For some odd reason the unemployed youths are not flocking to hear the great orator like they did in 2008. In fact Obama takes only 49% of the youth vote today – down 17 points from the 2008 election.

So how does the media report this…
“Obama still a draw on college campuses”The Gazette-Times reported:

The crowds may be smaller and the candidate grayer, but college towns are still proving to be President Barack Obama’s best shot at enthusiastic audiences.

More than 26,000 people combined showed up to hear the president speak during his three-state college town tour this week, which ended Wednesday with a rally near the University of Virginia. The crowds at the outdoor rallies have tilted younger, underscoring the Obama campaign’s efforts to target college students as they return to school and re-energize a constituency that was critical in propelling Obama to the White House.

“Change was possible because you made it possible,” Obama told 7,500 people at a pavilion near the University of Virginia. “So you can’t get tired now because we’ve got more work to do.”

The school declined the campaign’s request for the president to speak on campus, saying it would disrupt classes on the second day of the semester.

By the standards of most presidential campaigns, Obama is speaking to impressively large audiences. But Obama is being held to the standards he set in 2008, when the youthful candidate with the rousing speeches attracted jaw-dropping crowds.

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  • Mad Hatter

    Obama knows he can fool the “dude, I got a cool new cell phone”, video game playing, Comedy Central crowd.

  • coolidgerules

    They are starting to see they are screwing themselves supporting the SCOAMF.
    He doesn’t dare talk to taxpayers anymore……..colleges and union halls

    Things are starting to get North Korea like creepy:

  • Sam Stone

    “More than 26,000 people ***combined*** showed up to hear the president speak during his three-state college town tour this week”

    8666 people per day. The Magic Negro (hat tip/David Ehrenstein, LA TIMES) has lost his magic.

    Especially since so many just out of, or still in college, not able to work in the field of their choice.

  • Sam Stone

    “University of Virginia Refuses Obama Visit Request. President Obama wanted to speak at the University of Virginia on a campaign swing through Charlottesville. UVA said no.”

    From the story, “which ended Wednesday with a rally ***near*** the University of Virginia”

    Downplaying the refusal while sounding like it was a U of V event.

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  • Sam Stone

    Town Hall Questioner To Obama: “I’m Exhausted Of Defending You” 9-20-2010

    From Democrat Underground “DAMN!!!! this is what can happen when politicians take the African American vote for granted.And I think the officials in his Administration have done that like Rahm…” 9-20-10

    Has anything gotten better for Obama since then form the same people?

  • MicahStone

    Many people are still confused about the massive support for “You Lie” choom hussein from the young. Hey, dude, it’s simple – we want somebody that appreciates drugs as much as we do! If re-elected and he has “more flexibility,” hussein is, like moRon Paul, the MOST LIKELY to legalize the weed, he is the MOST LIKELY to de-emphasize prosecution of drug use, he is the MOST LIKELY to allow unlimited “medical” use of marijuana, he is the MOST LIKELY to soften sentences for coke (his favorite refreshment) and he is the MOST LIKELY to abolish the DEA. He’ll even set-up San Francisco-style “pot clubs” in every federal office throughout America. He’s our kind of toker!


    And as for those massive tax increases he’ll enact – h*ll, as slugs and slackers we don’t pay no taxes and we’ll definitively get some of those massive welfare handouts he’ll provide so we can buy even more drugs and booze. Dude, we can’t lose with this guy!

  • TXPatriot

    26,000 people COMBINED in a THREE-STATE tour of COLLEGE CAMPUSES?


    Oh, and Obama’s holding an online chat while Louisiana hunkers down for Hurricane Isaac. Well, at least he’s not playing GOLF!

  • Granny

    The candidate is grayer because he stopped dyeing his hair LOL – or started dyeing it gray.

    The crowds of college students are significantly smaller because Obama is not offering the free concerts like he did in ’08 – remember the one out in Portland with admittedly communist “The Decembrists” that drew 80,000? They didn’t come for TheWon.


    That’s just how they roll at

  • Scaffoo

    College campus. A perfect place for the bamster. A bunch of children living off of their parents means, few real world experiences and perspectives. They should love him since they can sit on their parents couch until 26. Hey, maybe I’ll forgive your loans!?

  • Tom63010

    I watched a portion on C-Span today. There were hecklers today but I couldn’t understand. Our wonderful leader stumbled and humbled through a verbal response but it was nonsensical as the chant.

  • Valerie

    If I were a student at one of those colleges, I’d have gone, simply because of the office he holds, and I would advise my kids to go, too. What he says is important, because he is the President, and our students should listen to him very carefully.

    Afterward, they should go visit their local TEA Party, and volunteer their help to get his sorry a$$ voted out of office.

  • l.barney

    Frankly all this ‘smaller crowds on purpose” nonsense reminds me of “Death of a Salesan”, the scene where Willy Loman keeps adding on larger numbers on how many customers brought his product.

    Tacky and lame..O!

  • Sam Stone

    Should be shown at the RNC.

    This is from only 2 years ago .
    “AUDIENCE MEMBER: Thank you very much. And quite frankly, good afternoon, President Obama. I’m deeply honored to be in this forum and so grateful for CNBC for making the forum available so you can speak to American citizens just like myself. I’m a chief financial officer for a veterans service organization and that’s here in Washington. I’m also a mother, I’m a wife, I’m an American veteran, and I’m one of your middle-class Americans.

    Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I’ve been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting, sir, I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. While I thought it wouldn’t be a great measure, I would feel it in some small measure. I have two children in private school, and the financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family. My husband and I joked that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives. And quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring through that that might be where we’re headed.

    And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer honestly, is this my new reality?”

  • Militant conservative

    Obama only won by 53%.

    Not gonna take a whole lot to

    Reduce this below 50%.

    Lesse, pissed of mililitary,

    women, Hispanics, Catholics,

    Gays, given up on white vote,

    Pissed off blacks due to gay

    stance, youth vote. Yea sure

    Run on that. He is looking at

    a landslide defeat greater

    than Carter. Hello it’s the

    Economy stupid!!

    I look forward to his exit and

    Possible suicide.

  • US Navy Corpseman

    I saw an item that said Obungle has abandoned a 30 year precedent of not campaigning during opponent’s convention. This asshat is desperate and frantically searching for votes. Even the LSM is having difficulty propping up this failed dipstick. I’m sure the muslim/gay/OSW LIBFEST next week will give him a bounce in the polls BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

  • Chris

    Did Obama tell stories about his records while he was at College? Oh wait…those records are sealed. But student loan forgiveness for everyone. Come vote for me!

  • MVH

    Well, there’s is that section of the population that can be told anything and they’ll swallow it hook, line, and stinker!

    Besides, Abu Obama needs to feel a little love from the kids.