And where are the ‘bots” and their changelings? Have Obama’s trolls, birthed in 2007 and 2008, wandered off after discovering that their bonds with Obama’s dreams quickly have become frayed or mercilessly cut off, that their country has become more fractious, and that unholy promises have left them barren? Have they become like those in the film Children of Men, with “No children. No future. No hope.”

Now — four years squandered — Obama exhorts a message (?) of “FORWARD” to the sparse attendees bunched together to trick the photographers with the illusion that they’re witnessing a far larger crowd.

Try saying the word “Forward” out loud to your self. Do try it. When I did, I discovered the word has NO ring to it. “Forward” doesn’t excite or move people with reborn optimism. And the word suggests two possibilities: 1) that people hit hardest continue on the same path, and (2) that there’s somewhere that they can go. Try telling that to the increasing numbers of people who’ve given up getting a job even if they are willing to work at most any job.

From “OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN EMPTY ARENA” at Big Government, via Drudge Report:

“Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular fashion today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the crucial swing state.  A photo posted to twitter by Mitt Romney’s campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance.”


The above image, according to Williams, was taken during the President’s first official campaign speech.

During the speech, Obama ripped into the presumptive GOP nominee and discussed nation building at home, but the most newsworthy item of the day was not the talking points Obama delivered: it was the crowd… or lack thereof.  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.

It’s a campaign faux pas to hold an event in a room that isn’t full; to promise the media a more-than-capacity crowd then fall this far short of that promise is utter incompetence.  In 2008, Obama ran a near-flawless campaign, buoyed by enthusiasm and effective organizing.  But it’s not 2008 any more, and on day one of the 2012 campaign, Team Obama has already made an embarrassing blunder.

Check out “OBAMA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN IN EMPTY ARENA” — an excellent compilation of new reports on Obama’s campaign kick-off … it sure was off.

Perhaps Obama can clone hundreds of Julias who he could transport around the states.

We have to acknowledge that those fictional Julias, like Obama’s composite girlfriends, are more real to Obama than the actual attendees who, most of them, gave up on the hype sometime in 2009 to 2011.