Yesterday, Obama made a rare campaign trail appearance in Maryland where he spoke in support of Democratic candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, proceeded with his usual bulletin of reading fabricated economic data off the teleprompter in which he highlighted improvements in US unemployment (if not the 46.5 million people on foodstamps or the 93 million Americans out of the labor force), a rebounding housing market (just as the bouncing dead cat is once again dead), the benefits of health insurance (if no mention of the disaster for small businesses that Obamacare now definitively is) a resurgent manufacturing sector (just don't look at this chart) even if he did point out the unfairness of families having "two folks working", and... a mass audience exodus followed.
This is how Reuters summarized it:
President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election.
It has gotten so bad, "most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity," according to Reuters.
Here's why: "A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks."
And then this from the Free Beacon:
Many attendees of an Obama campaign rally headed for the exits shortly after the president began speaking Sunday evening.
Speaking at campaign rally in Maryland for Democratic candidate for governor Anthony Brown, Obama either ignored or didn’t notice the movement of attendees out of the event.
Reports were unclear if attendees left due to unhappiness with President Obama. Disapproval of the president is currently at an all-time high.
And then the eyewitness reports:
Lots of people, at least up front near where journalists are sitting, appear to be leaving this rally now that Obama has started speaking.— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) October 19, 2014
Steady stream of people leaving Maryland rally continues as Obama speaks. It's noticeable and noisy. They would have waited hours to get in.— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) October 19, 2014
One thing is clear: people have had enough of both hope and change.