The magic that President Obama once enjoyed at political rallies appears to have vanished into thin air, as a crowd of spectators walked out on the president during a speech for Democrats Sunday in Maryland.
During an appearance for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who is running for governor of Maryland, “early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity,” reported Reuters.
“A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke,” the wire service noted, “and a heckler interrupted his remarks.”
“You’ve got to vote,” Obama repeated numerous times at the rally in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, not far from the nation’s capital.
“There are no excuses. The future is up to us,” Obama said. “Go find your friends to vote. Get your cousin to vote. Get your uncle to vote.”
The heckler was a pro-immigration-reform protester holding a handwritten sign reading “#Not1More.”
“The problem is, I’m actually for immigration reform,” Obama asserted. “Of course, he should be protesting the folks who are blocking it, but that’s OK.”
“Maryland, we have made progress,” Obama said, as he listed his prize achievements of his presidency, such as Obamacare. “Don’t let folks say otherwise.”
But Obama also admitted: “Tonight we’re here because we know there is more work to do,” which he said included battling terrorism and infectious diseases, his sole reference to Ebola in his address.
“When you cast that vote you’ve got a choice to make,” Obama said, between “two very different visions for America.”
“I believe that Republicans are patriots, that they love their country, but they are a broken record,” he said.
He also urged the crowd to select hope over cynicism.
“Hope is a better choice and we’re selling hope.”
The most recent poll from the Baltimore Sun showed Brown leading Republican Larry Hogan 49 percent to 42 percent.