Obamateurism of the Day

The only thing missing here was TOTUS:

Well, at least it makes Obama’s half-full gig at The Ohio State University look like his Inauguration Day crowd. The worst part about this campaign appearance? One of the two homeowners standing behind Obama may not even vote for him:

As leader of the free world President Obama will be used to making speeches to millions of people around the globe.

So he might have felt the occasion was a little beneath him yesterday when he stopped off in Reno, Nevada, to deliver an address outside a couple’s garage.

In what could be a disastrous photo opportunity for the President’s campaign, Mr Obama spoke to a handful of people in the crucial swing state.

The president’s 15 minute address outside the home of Paul and Val Keller on Friday afternoon, drew a small audience of neighbours and supporters – though even his hosts said they were not sure if they would vote for him in the coming election.

Who chose these non-supporters for this photo op? Did they win the Obama-campaign lottery?

Ace points out another mistake made in choosing this venue:

Who’s going to see this as “connecting with ordinary Americans?” And is that even a good objective. He looks “small”, and looking small doesn’t really help him right now. He’s got all the advantages of an incumbent president. Power. Bully pulpit. Air Force One. The lapdog media.

So standing behind a teensy podium, with a Presidential Seal smaller than the headlights on that Jeep behind him, it just seems to diminish him.

He’s doing it to himself, actually.

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