Obama Launches Campaign In Nearly Empty Arena

Barack Obama launched his campaign in unspectacular vogue today at Ohio State University, the largest college in the important swing state. A photograph posted to twitter by Mitt Romney’s campaign spokesman Ryan Williams reveals sparse attendance.  The above image, according to Williams, was taken during the President’s first official campaign speech.

During the speech, Obama ripped into the presumptive GOP nominee and discussed nation building at home, but the most newsworthy item of the day was not the talking points Obama delivered: it was the crowd… or lack thereof. According to ABC News, the Obama campaign had expected an “overflow” of people. Instead, the arena looked half-empty. The Columbus Dispatchreports that Obama organizers even had people move from the seats to the floor of the gym in order to project a larger crowd on television.

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