The Obama walk out during a Maryland Democratic rally on Sunday shocked some Democrats. As President Obama began speaking many members of the crowd simply got up and left. The refusal of some crowd members to listen to what President Obama had to say “underscores his continuing unpopularity,” according to a Reuters report.
Democratic candidates have largely appeared on stage while campaigning without President Obama, but Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown chose to invite the president to share the podium. During the campaign event in Maryland, a heckler interrupted President Obama and a “steady stream” of attendees simply got up and left the Upper Marlboro auditorium.
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” President Obama said at the beginning of his speech. Obama and Brown were reportedly classmates at Harvard. Recent polls shows Antony Brown ahead of his Republican opponent, Larry Hogan, by 11 points. The president also appeared at a campaign event for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Sunday as well. Quinn was also leading in the polls, but only by a margin of 1.8 percent.
According to CBS News, there were extremely long lines for the Maryland Democrat rally, but not all who wished to attend were able to get inside.
“I think we can do it, but we brought in a little bit of reinforcement,” Anthony Brown told the crowd of about 8,000 people, before introducing President Obama.
The CBS News report about the event and President Obama’s appearance does not include any details about the massive crowd departure, but the incident has been widely reported elsewhere.
“Anthony Brown has devoted his life to fighting for you, you now need to fight for him. You need to knock on doors, make some phone calls, talk to your friends, talk to your neighbors,” President Obama said after reaching the microphone.
Time magazine political reporter Zeke Miller tweeted that the president told folks at the Maryland campaign event to “include cousin Pookie sitting at home on the couch” in their voting outreach efforts.
During the Illinois campaign stop, the president told potential voters that while Republicans “mean well,” they “just have bad ideas.” While traveling and spending the night in Chicago for the Pat Quinn event, Obama also said, “The power to move our society, our government, it really is in your hands. You’re the reason that I had the audacity to actually run for president of the United States.”
Pool: “by the time [Obama] was about 10 minutes in, there was a traffic jam next to the pool’s tables as folks tried to exit the gym. ”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 19, 2014
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