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Obama Cries In IA, Has Half Empty Arena In OH

From ABC News:

Tearful Obama Ends Campaign in Iowa

By Mary Bruce | Tue November 6, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – At one point even feeling the need to wipe a tear from his eye, President Obama ended his presidential campaign Monday night with an emotional appeal to voters in the state that started it all, asking Iowans to help him finish what he started four years ago.

Well, it worked for Hillary.

Or maybe Obama was crying because the turnout was so lo:

"We have made real progress over these last four years," the president told an estimated crowd of 20,000 standing outside in the bitter cold. "But Iowa we are here tonight because we have more work to do. We are not done yet on this journey. We have more road to travel."

ABC News is inflating the turnout, just like the mainstream media always does for Obama events. (Just like they always lowball Romney’s crowd sizes.)

In fact, the facility only holds 18,500 and according to reports and photos (see below) almost half of the seats were empty.

Just steps away from the campaign office set up for his improbable victory in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, a nostalgic Obama told Iowans they taught him "to bet on hope."

"To all of you who have lived and breathed the hard work of change, I want to thank you. You took this campaign and you made it your own," he said as he wiped away a tear streaming from his left eye. Obama concluded the final event of his self-proclaimed "last campaign" by retelling the story of Edith Childs, the South Carolina woman who coined his "fired up, ready to go" rallying cry. It’s the same anecdote he told in the final rally of his 2008 campaign.

A rallying cry we’ve never heard of before. And we have been following Mr. Obama’s brilliant career for some time now.

From Real Clear Politics:

Fired-Up Crowd, Empty Seats Greet Obama in Ohio

By Scott Conroy – November 5, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The optics surrounding the penultimate campaign rally of President Obama’s political career here on Monday likely served as a Rorschach test for election-outcome prognosticators in this most coveted of swing states.

Those who doubt the polls showing a slight but consistent lead for Obama in the Buckeye State would point to the empty seats scattered around the upper-level of Nationwide Arena. (The facility holds 18,500 for Columbus Blue Jackets NHL games.) Four years ago, after all, Obama was easily filling venues larger than that as he rode a wave of enthusiasm to a 4.6 percent victory here over John McCain…

It’s fitting. Obama kicked off his 2012 campaign in a half empty arena, too.

But those who believe the president is in good shape in Ohio might just as easily point to the crowd’s sky-high energy level, which was facilitated by warm-up performances from two of the biggest musical stars on the planet: Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z…

The event even featured Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z, and Obama still couldn’t fill it the arena.

By the way, why isn’t Mr. Springsteen spending his time helping New Jersey?

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