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Obama still a draw on college campuses (even though attendance has dropped significantly)
Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | August 29, 2012 | Julie Pace

Posted on 08/29/2012 3:21:07 PM PDT by Zakeet

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.

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... even some of those who went through heavy security to see Obama speak said their enthusiasm had waned.

"It no longer has the distinctiveness that it used to have," said William Proffitt, a University of Virginia student. "That was amazing, seeing the first African-American president elected, but that died off within a year."

In 2008, more than 100,000 people showed up to hear him speak in Denver. He spoke on the same trip at Colorado State University, where upwards of 50,000 people filled a quad in the center of campus. When Obama returned to Colorado State on Tuesday, the crowd totaled 13,000.

Obama's campaign dismisses the notion that the smaller crowds equal less enthusiasm for the president this time around. Aides suggest the numbers are purposely being kept low, citing the cost of holding larger events and the president's desire to travel to smaller cities in battleground states.

(Excerpt) Read more at gazettetimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: attendance; campaign; college; obama

Reading between the lines on this APe puff piece, it appears that for some mysterious reason, far fewer people want to hear this doofus read from his teleprompter than did in 2008, even among the most liberal and entitled masses.

1 posted on 08/29/2012 3:21:17 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Better than going to class I suppose.


2 posted on 08/29/2012 3:25:19 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Zakeet

Unemployed youth facing a mountain of debt... welcome to the ‘post American’ world and your Dear Leader.


3 posted on 08/29/2012 3:26:03 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: funfan

Required attendance by professors.


4 posted on 08/29/2012 3:27:57 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: TigerClaws

Well, I am sure that these university students are just looking to hear detail from ‘the One’ on how all of the ‘working classes’ are going to forgive and repay their student loans..


5 posted on 08/29/2012 3:30:49 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Zakeet

“More than 26,000 people combined showed up to hear the president speak during his three-state college town tour this week” Now they add up all of the events, need to get to a respectable number I guess!


6 posted on 08/29/2012 3:32:01 PM PDT by WorksinKOP
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To: funfan

“Better than going to class I suppose.”

Extra credit...


7 posted on 08/29/2012 3:33:05 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: WorksinKOP

“More than 26,000 people combined showed up to hear the president speak during his three-state college town tour this week” Now they add up all of the events, need to get to a respectable number I guess!”

He played 9,000 colleges, though....


8 posted on 08/29/2012 3:34:13 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Zakeet
26,000 people combined showed up to hear the president speak during his three-state college town tour

Now there's a turnout to keep the 'rats awake at night.

9 posted on 08/29/2012 3:36:52 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: jessduntno

Was going to say something in the same fashion, any idea what the number of events actually was.. Secondly, they’d inflate the numbers either way...


10 posted on 08/29/2012 3:37:31 PM PDT by WorksinKOP
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To: Zakeet
Obama is just so inspiring - they simply can't stay away!


11 posted on 08/29/2012 3:39:53 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: jessduntno
Extra credit...

Actually, more probably a real class assignment. I learned this over the course of four years doing undergrad in DC where professors mandated attendance at various Left-wing rallies. You had to show up, bring some kind of freebie back and write a "reflection paper" on it.
12 posted on 08/29/2012 3:45:34 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Zakeet
“More than 26,000 people combined showed up to hear the president speak during his three-state college town tour this week”

They were passing out free rubbers to the girls and free toenail polish to the boys.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 3:47:14 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Zakeet

http://resistance.ning.com/video/video/show?id=2600775:Video:5902821


14 posted on 08/29/2012 3:50:28 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Iron Munro

The only people left that are dumb enough to vote for him are the youth and he knows this. They haven’t lived long enough to realize that just because someone looks you in the eye, smiles, speaks with confidence, and entertains them that it doesn’t mean they are telling the truth nor have they lived long enough to endure hardships that will make them understand the true impact that bad decisions will have on them later.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: TigerClaws
Unemployed youth facing a mountain of debt.

But deeply thankful to Baraq for their EBT and "free" healthcare to age 26.

16 posted on 08/29/2012 3:54:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: Zakeet
Thinking I was going to see something happening at the Republican Convention, I turned on C-Span this afternoon only to catch the ending of Obama's speech at UVA. I couldn't believe the students behind him clapping and smiling. Obama, of course, was full of what he was going to give to various groups, even in the 4 minutes that I saw.

The most heartening thing was the call to C-Span from someone named Matt, head of UVA's college Republicans. He said that there had been an activities fair a few days before at which their table had lots more people signing up that at the Dem table. The College Republicans held a counter rally at a park near Obama's speech, neither of which were on campus. The University had rejected a request to hold it on campus, according to Matt. I'm glad there are Young Republicans on college campuses.

17 posted on 08/29/2012 4:15:42 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: nascarnation

Well lemmie see-—if junior registers to vote in Frostbite Falls (home of Watsamatta U.). That means he has established a residence, and must NOT be a dependent of Mommy and Dad.

Ergo, they cannot claim junior as an exemption, and he no longer is eligible for their health insurance until he gets his PhD.


18 posted on 08/29/2012 4:37:59 PM PDT by Ed Condon (Give 'em a heading, an altitude, and a reason.)
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To: Ed Condon

In a more perfect world, your scenario is probably correct.

In the real world, I’d guess the cross-reference never happens.


19 posted on 08/29/2012 4:59:01 PM PDT by nascarnation (Defeat Baraq 2012. Deport Baraq 2013)
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To: tanknetter

“...and write a “reflection paper” on it.”

I doubt he could have read the brown smear on the paper I would have passed in...it would have been my true reflection on the left, though...


20 posted on 08/29/2012 5:12:03 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Racism is not dead...it is on life support - kept alive by politicians..." - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Zakeet

So the headline could just as easily read:

Interest in Hearing Obama has Plummeted. or
Obama Generates Little Enthusiasm Among College Students. or
The Numbers Say Obama’s Campaign is Derailed.


21 posted on 08/29/2012 5:22:16 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Zakeet

What everyone should be asking is why is President Obysmal campaigning when there is this little disaster happening in New Orleans?


22 posted on 08/29/2012 5:58:52 PM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: jsanders2001

15 ... “haven’t lived long enough” ...

And the Gen Ys and Gen Zs have been thoroughly indoctrinated by educators that the white Republican party is the fountainhead of all evil in America.


23 posted on 08/29/2012 6:55:48 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: bushbuddy
What everyone should be asking is why is President Obysmal campaigning when there is this little disaster happening in New Orleans?

Obviously he thinks it's OK to campaign while people who look like him are drowning. Sorry, just applying libtard logic.

24 posted on 08/29/2012 8:33:19 PM PDT by MCH
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To: Zakeet

“Aides suggest the numbers are purposely being kept low, citing the cost of holding larger events and the president’s desire to travel to smaller cities in battleground states.”

Absolute bullish*t. He’s plummeting.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 9:43:57 PM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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