With only four days before Election Day, both Presidential campaigns were running hard in the battleground state of Ohio. Liberty groups across the state helped organize Benghazi Truth Rallies outside of each of President Obama’s campaign stops.
Our goal was to follow the President to each of his stops in Ohio. The President held events in Hilliard, OH, Springfield, OH, and Lima, OH. At the first event in Hilliard, we got some media coverage from Mike Tobin of Fox News.
Nationally syndicated radio host, Rush Limbaugh also mentioned our effort on his radio show after the second event in Springfield. From the Friday show transcript at RushLimbaugh.com (link):
RUSH: Ed Henry, Fox News, has tweeted a photograph of some signs along the route in Ohio that Obama took to get to a campaign appearance. The signs say:
“Tell the truth about Benghazi!”
“Worse than Watergate!”
“You let them die!”
I’m sorry, does this stuff happen with winning campaigns? I guess it did. I guess they had some Bush stuff in 2004. I don’t want to make too much of it, but, man, it’s out there. The point is, it is out there. This Benghazi stuff is trickling out.
When the President’s day in Ohio was finished, we made our way to the Romney rally in West Chester, OH. Several speakers at the Romney event mentioned the topic of Benghazi and the need for better answers from the Obama administration about what really happened.
One consequence of attending all these events was a firsthand view of the enormous disparity in crowd sizes between the President’s events and the Romney event. The best attended event for the President (as far as we could tell – see pictures below) was his Lima, OH rally. Between all three of the President’s events, he had a cumulative attendance of perhaps five thousand or so supporters all day. The Romney rally crowd on Friday night, estimated at around thirty thousand attendees, outdistanced the President’s attendance numbers many, many times over.
Our first stop yesterday was Hilliard, Ohio. At all of the President’s rallies, we set up along his travel route so we would be seen by him and his press entourage.
Hilliard, OH pictures (click to enlarge).
Individual signs at the Hilliard stop.
The Springfield event had about three people out front rallying in support of the President.
Springfield also turned out a PETA supporter. With all the issues facing our country; 23 million unemployed or underemployed, the unwanted government takeover of healthcare, high energy prices, high food prices, crushing debt, more than a trillion dollars a year in deficits, stifling regulations, foreign policy disasters, etc., etc., the left still has time for this?
Our third stop of the day was, Lima, OH. Here is the only location we saw any evidence of Obama supporters forming a crowd or a line for an event.
There was some confusion as to where the President’s entourage and the press would drive by us on their way to the Lima event. As a result, we ended up getting spread out along a longer route. The press ultimately went a different way than we did, but we were perfectly situated to be seen by the President and his motorcade.
Individual Lima, OH pictures.
There were so few Obama supporters at even this event, we observed only one campaign vendor (the first and only one we saw all day). This is worth noting because usually these guys are everywhere at such events. One measure of voter enthusiasm might be how much of which candidate’s stuff sells the most?
Our fourth stop of the day was the Romney Ryan rally in West Chester, OH.
Here is a small part of the line waiting to get into the event (Panorama – click to view).
Line looking right.
Line looking left.
Inside the Romney Ryan rally (click to view).
This picture was sent to me early this morning via email. It appears to have been taken from the rear of the stage. This is opposite the pictures taken above.
Here is a terrific panorama from barracudabrigade.blogspot.com facing east toward the stage.
A display mentioning, “You did build that”.
This final picture was provided courtesy of KingsLiberty.org.
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