About That Enthusiasm Gap . . .

I mentioned yesterday that continued comparisons between the two campaigns could be interesting.  I’m just laying out what I found, with no cherry-picking.  Here’s a line of folks (via Twitter) waiting outside an OFA office August 11th, for tickets to Obama’s appearance at Oskaloosa today, Tuesday August 14th:

Next are the photos of the actual Obama in Oskaloosa event that I found on Twitter today.

First, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” is now stuck in my head.

Second is the line of folks waiting outside the Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum.  “Really, really, really long line for tickets to attend Pres. Obama’s event in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Enthusiasm gap? HA!”

The above photo of the queue is getting some distribution on the Twitterz.  I’m not sure what time it was taken, but the tweet above was sent at 11:11am.  The event was to begin at 9am according to this report.

Here are the rest that I found, in chronological order.  10:19am:





 2:19pm:  Oh dear.  I couldn’t embed this picture for some reason.  You’ll have to click over.

And finally, a Fox News photo from a 2:37pm tweet:

Whew, this linking and saving and attaching is pretty tedious.  Nevermind, I shall perservere.

On to the Paul Ryan event in Lakewood, Colorado, also held today (Tuesday August 14th).  This event was set to begin at 10am.

9:14am, the queue waiting to get inside:

9:44am, another view of the queue:


At 12:03pm @Chris_Moody tweets:  “Paul Ryan about to address totally packed gym in Lakewood, Colorado.”  Here’s his photo:


At 12:10pm, @JoyLinFN tweets:  “Fire marshal says gymnasium at Lakewood High School has reached max capacity for Paul Ryan speech.  Crowd waits.”  Here is her photo:

At 12:13pm, @tripgabriel tweets:  “Packed to the rafters awaiting Paul Ryan at Lakewood HS in Colorado.”  His pic:


12:57pm from @ShepherdCNN:

And finally, at 12:58pm, @KContiforCO tweets:  “Paul Ryan.  Addresses a Rockin’ crowd at Lakewood High School.”  Her photo:

These comparisons are proving interesting to me.  What do you think?

Here’s a strange thing.  At this very moment, the headlining topic at Memeorandum is  “GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan.”  Huh.  Perhaps there is a disconnect between the pros and the actual voters?

Related:  Rasmussen: Ohio likely voters favorable toward Ryan, 51/39

UPDATE:  cross-posted at Disrupt The Narrative

SUPER MEGA EXCITING UPDATE:  Instalanche!  Thanks you Glenn Reynolds!  If you’d like to know how I feel, please click on this link to see George Takei doing a Happy Dance . . .

Since you’ve come this far, please go ahead and click on over to Disrupt the Narrative.  They have great stuff like uncovering the shady works of the Voter Participation Center, and raw footage of leftist demonstrations while awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.


22 thoughts on “About That Enthusiasm Gap . . .

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  2. Conservatives on Fire 14 August 2012 at 5:43 pm Reply

    Looking good for the good guys!

  3. Citizen Tom 14 August 2012 at 7:02 pm Reply

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  5. Yos / Si Vis Pacem 14 August 2012 at 8:33 pm Reply


    Congrats Lin. Awesome!

  6. mark l. 14 August 2012 at 9:00 pm Reply

    love the pics…
    the one of ryan reminds me of the norman rockwell’s ‘free speech’.

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  8. Carol M 14 August 2012 at 9:44 pm Reply

    Nothing showcases the division between the races in this country that Obama achieved better than these photos. Sadly, there is not a black or brown face to be seen in the crowds.

  9. elkh1 14 August 2012 at 11:03 pm Reply

    Obama: no teleprompter!

  10. victorerimita 15 August 2012 at 1:34 am Reply

    It’s one of the famous “Four Freedoms” paintings, “Freedom of Speech.”

  11. stan 15 August 2012 at 4:25 am Reply

    GOP election strategists should never set foot in DC. Ever. The CW inside the beltway has no relation to the real world.

  12. wormme 15 August 2012 at 7:15 am Reply

    NOPER! A NoOnePhotoEventReport!

    You have found your calling. Enter the tunnel of carpal!

  13. Freedom, by the way 15 August 2012 at 11:05 am Reply

    I am laughing/gagging at the hay bales. That is the Obama campaign tyring WAY TOO HARD to appear like “one of the folks”.
    Thanks for sharing these pics!

  14. kellsbellsfrompc 16 August 2012 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I’m so glad I popped in. I thoroughly enjoyed your post and the pics. I think I may have to shamelessly steal your Rockwell painting pic…..

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  17. Keith DeHavelle 20 August 2012 at 5:41 pm Reply

    One subtlety, dear friend: The “Four Freedoms” paintings were part of the campaign for FDR’s New Deal, and were a re-imagining of freedoms in a way that moved from the Constitution and Declaration to a more socialist notion. Freedom of speech and freedom of worship made it in there as these were too sensitive to change — but the other two pointed away from equal opportunity (guaranteed by the Constitution) to equal outcome (proposed by the New Deal and, of course, socialism in general).

    The other two freedoms were “Freedom from Want” and “Freedom from Fear.” In both cases, the underlying rationale was that “the government will take care of you.” This, of course, undercut the other two freedoms, but it was all done in a homespun, aw shucks sort of style that people naturally liked.

    You’ll remember the “Freedom from Want” painting: It’s the famous Thanksgiving Dinner one.

    I like Norman Rockwell’s work, certainly, and I doubt he had anything but the best notions in mind when he did these. But philosophically, the second pair of “freedoms” are problematic.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

    • nooneofanyimport 20 August 2012 at 10:06 pm Reply

      Ah, thanks so much for the additional background info regarding Rockwell’s paintings. I did not start this blog with the idea of educating myself, but thanks to you that has been one of the main effects of blogging. “freedom from want” and “freedom from fear” certainly convey a collectivist meaning. They aren’t part of those “negative liberties” found in the Constitution, anyway, wink.

  18. Keith DeHavelle 21 August 2012 at 12:54 am Reply

    The Four Freedoms Flag was not a US flag, despite the Rockwell paintings surrounding the notion. It was the original (pre-formation) flag of the United Nations, and is now also called the United Nations Honor Flag. Here:

    FDR’s “Four Freedoms” business was interwoven with his plans to implement a new, stronger League of Nations to eliminate war.

    That didn’t exactly work — though at one point earlier “the world had all agreed to put an end to war.” (A case could be made that this agreement made World War II inevitable.)

    Happily, the “Four Freedoms Flag Ceremony” used by the Girl Scouts is not the UN flag — and it’s not the same four freedoms. That one is explicitly US flag- and First Amendment- based.

    Best wishes!

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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