What are they giving away? You know dang well that people are not voluntarily going to see Obama. First all his fans have already saw him in person so why go again. Secondly, the enthusiasm of the Democrats is down due to reelection and also disappointment (first). They are going to spend a ton on this night to make it a success.
Any event that features any POTUS/VPOTUS/FLOTUS is a royal pain. SS insists each person requesting a ticket submit his/her SS# for a quick check; then they issue a ticket so you can stand in line for two hours before getting through security so you can wait another 2 hours for the ‘star’ to appear. Then it’s an hour or so to empty out of the stadium and get to your car. Takes a LOT of enthusiasm to go thru all that.