Multiple media sources are reporting that at a campaign rally in Maryland, Sunday, crowds dispersed early as President Obama made an appearance in support of Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor. Reportedly, within ten minutes of his speech, people started stampeding toward the exits causing a “traffic jam.”
Reuters reported that “early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.”
Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.
Until this weekend, Obama had appeared at zero campaign rallies for Democrat candidates. Later Sunday evening he appeared at a rally for Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, who is running for re-election.
The pool report via The Weekly Standard noted the “unusual” timing of the mass exodus – specifically – that some of the people started leaving as soon as Obama started speaking. He was also “heckled” by a pro-amnesty activist – if you consider a left-winger who shares the same ideology and objectives as the president a “heckler.”
Remarks are open press, but one unusual thing that fellow veterans of campaign rallies confirm: some in the crowd started leaving as soon as Obama started speaking and by the time he was about 10 minutes in, there was a traffic jam next to the pool’s tables as folks tried to exit the gym. As that was going on, a young man started shouting. Pool couldn’t tell what he was saying but as he was taken out of the room, we could see his sign, which read “#not1more,” a reference to the deportation of immigrants. As the man screamed, the crowd drowned him out, chanting, “Obama! Obama!”
More reports from journalists via Twitchy:
Steady stream of people leaving Maryland rally continues as Obama speaks. It’s noticeable and noisy. They would have waited hours to get in.
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) October 19, 2014
Empty bleachers – all of these people left after Obama started speaking at a campaign rally in Maryland pic.twitter.com/xdYvwhp2K9
— Katie Zezima (@katiezez) October 19, 2014
.@jeneps Ya know, you could always pull up one the other thousands of speeches he’s delivered the past 6 years. They’re all the same
— Matthew (@Matthops82) October 19, 2014