Some may consider film and TV celebrity Rosie O’Donnell a heavyweight in the world of entertainment, but her ability to draw people to a John Kerry rally this weekend appeared somewhat light.
According to the Drudge Report, O’Donnell spoke to a nearly vacant Club Ovation last night in Ft. Lauderdale, acknowledging the lack of a big crowd.
“You know, there’s only like, you know, maybe 38 of us here and maybe we can just like tap a keg and put on some disco, and totally party,” she said, according to Drudge.
The small turnout came just a day after Cher was able to attract a few hundred people for a Kerry event at the Crobar disco in Miami Beach.
“There were supposed to be thousands of people here tonight,” Cher told the audience, “I’m not sure why that didn’t happen, obviously the people putting on this thing were just not very good at it.”
An official with the Democratic Party in Florida dismissed the low turnouts as an indication of low voter enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate for president.
O’Donnell recounted the “global test” theme as she spoke to her small audience.
“The best part to me in the entire debate was when John Kerry said we have to pass a global test before we enter into a war. And you see George Bush got all nervous because frankly the word ‘test’ terrifies him,” she said, according to Drudge.
“He never passed one at Harvard or Yale, but whatever. But there is a global test. It’s the global test of decency, of humanity, of integrity. That’s what our country stands for as we lead the free world. Let’s take back our country. Let’s elect John Kerry.”
O’Donnell continued to assail Bush on both foreign and domestic policy.
“Every single thing this White House has done goes against the foundation of what our country was built on. For us to tell the United Nations we would ignore their doctrine and their resolutions, for us to say that we will not adhere to the Geneva Convention during this war. We are America, we are better than that. We were built on the foundation of freedom and truth and equality for all people. And the rich, corporate, horrible, horrible people who have been destructing and ruining everything this country was made on has been really unbelievably damaging to all of us spiritually, emotionally, monetarily.”
And she proclaimed that people should not believe the media in the final days of the race for the White House.
“Tell yourself every day when you wake up and every morning when you have a worry or a doubt or whether you believe Fox News: Kerry by a landslide. Because America knows the difference between genuine and junk.”