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Not #ReadyToGo? New Hashtag Doesn’t Fill Ohio Arena for Obama Campaign

Posted on | May 5, 2012 | 17 Comments

The Obama campaign, after watching its previous Twitter slogans swiftly hijacked by Republicans, rolled out #ReadyToGo for its official kickoff rally in Columbus, Ohio:

Speaking at his first official campaign rally six months and a day before Election Day, a fiery and combative Obama, his sleeves rolled up, touted a “forward-looking America” while taking a series of shots at his likely opponent before a raucous audience in this swing state. . . .

Unfortunately for the “fiery and combative” incumbent, a lot of Ohioans were apparently not #ReadyToGo to his rally:

But the arena was not a sell out. The 14,000 in attendence left empty sections in the upper deck of the 18,300 seat arena, a different image than four years ago when the president — then a fresh-faced senator who changed the political landscape — addressed sell out crowds across the country.

More from Todd Starnes of Fox News:

Romney’s national press secretary, Ryan Williams, found his way to a seat in the arena and later characterized the speech as “a retread, a cut-and-paste job of President Obama’s 2008 campaign rhetoric.
“Unfortunately,” Williams continued, “for him this time around he has a record to defend, a record of exploding deficits, job losses and fiscal mismanagement in Washington.” Twitter was abuzz with photos and comments about vast areas of empty seats in the arena’s upper deck.

UPDATE: Yeah, it looks bad for O:

His first stop was at Ohio State University where he and his crack staff expected an “overflow” crowd. Turns out, the only thing that overflowed was the empty seats, and maybe some toilets. Even indoctrinated college kids aren’t turning out in big numbers for the Messiah Obama anymore. It’s reported that there were at least 6,000 empty seats at Obama’s “overflow crowd” rally.


17 Responses to “Not #ReadyToGo? New Hashtag Doesn’t Fill Ohio Arena for Obama Campaign”

  1. Rose
    May 5th, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    But, “Are you IN?” “Are you ALL IN?”

  2. GAHCindy
    May 5th, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    Ready to go? He’s been in office more than 3 years, and *now* he decides he’s ready to get started? Yeah. I’m ready for him to go.

  3. Obama regime predicted overflow crowd at Ohio State rally – at least 6,000 seats empty (Picture) : Fire Andrea Mitchell!
    May 5th, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    […] State University where he and his crack staff expected an “overflow” crowd. Turns out, the only thing that overflowed was the empty seats, and maybe some toilets. Even indoctrinated college kids aren’t turning out in big numbers […]

  4. Al Garcia
    May 5th, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    And a Half-Full-Arena Obama will still be the severely Conservative Mitt Romney… That is how pathetic Obama’s competition is.

  5. smitty
    May 5th, 2012 @ 7:23 pm


  6. newrouter
    May 5th, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    #ReadyFor O!ToGo

  7. MJosephSheppard
    May 5th, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    The strangest thing about the launch was the Obama team decided to mount an attack on the  supposed irrelevant  has-been Sarah Palin! (worthy of being eaten as a delicious pit bull though)
    Palin is obviously living rent free in their heads and has become an obsession for them

  8. AnonymousDrivel
    May 5th, 2012 @ 8:35 pm


  9. Adobe_Walls
    May 5th, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    Ready or not he’s gotta go.

  10. Adobe_Walls
    May 5th, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    What a deal, housing is so expensive nowadays.

  11. Remember those huge crowds Obama drew in 2008? « The Daley Gator
    May 5th, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    […] “change”, and now it seems that Obama can only “hope” to half-fill arenas. Stacy McCain delights in this, as do I. Funny thing about great campaigners, eventually they have to stand on their record The […]

  12. McGehee
    May 5th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    I hope the Teleprompter-in-Chief is #ReadyToGo into retirement.

  13. ThePaganTemple
    May 5th, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

     Romney took his Socker Mom wife and kids on vacation with the dog in a carrier on top of the car, where the dog liked feeling the wind blow.

    Obama says he would rather blow Pit Bulls than Socker Moms.

  14. Dai Alanye
    May 6th, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I hate to add a serious comment to this display of humor, but seriously, folks…

    Isn’t Obama gradually becoming irrelevent to present-day American politics? How long before even the moonbats begin to give up on him? Mitt might yet manage to stumble into the Presidency.

  15. rbeccah
    May 6th, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    That would make a great slogan.

  16. Datechguy's Blog » Blog Archive » Demoralized as Hell: Pay no attention to the empty seats » Datechguy's Blog
    May 6th, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

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  17. Quartermaster
    May 6th, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    I could stand that, but I’m under no illusion that Romney will do any better than Obama.