Where are the Obama T-Shirts and Posters?

I would have never predicted this four years ago.

I just took an extended stroll across the UCLA campus. I walked past approximately 750 people (yes, I counted), yet I saw only two Obama t-shirts. I think if I had performed the same experiment on Election Day four years ago, the number would have been something like 150 t-shirts.

My stroll took me through all the hallways of (i) the African American Studies Department, (ii) the Sociology Department, and (iii) the Cezar E. Chavez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.  Yet, I saw no Obama posters, nor any other kind of pro-Obama paraphernalia in those hallways.

In contrast, although I saw zero Romney t-shirts, I did see two “Liberty for North Korea” t-shirts and three ROTC uniforms. I also saw three “UCLA Track and Field” t-shirts. The latter especially warms my heart. UCLA students seem to have more enthusiasm for a dying sport than they do for President Obama.

  1. Britanicus

    I think that all of the signs are here in Arlington, VA outside the polling stations. Also on a lot of people in line with me. However, I haven’t seen very many on lawns the whole election season. It looks like the Dems are turning out, but they aren’t as enthusiatistic as before. I saw one Romney sticker on the shirt of one gentleman. We made eye contact, and I gave an approving nod. We had an understanding.

  2. Duane Oyen

    In every other recent election (particularly 2004 and 2008), there have been people on street corners and bridge overpasses around my campus waving signs for the lefty candidate(s).

    I have not seen one today.

  3. BlueAnt

    Yes, but how many Che Guevara t-shirts did you see?

  4. Idiophone

    I’ve been in several neighborhoods in San Francisco today – Western Addition, North Beach (home), Union Square, and SOMA (work) –  and I counted one Obama hat and one Obama shirt.

    Obama merch (as we say in the music biz) was EVERYWHERE here in 2008. One couldn’t avoid it. Now it’s like seeing somebody wearing a Nickelback shirt. They are few and far between and you have to be really bold to want to wear one out of doors.

  5. Idiophone

    One more thing - 

    I did see people holding signs in the Fillmore district, but it was all for local stuff. Yesterday in Berkley, people were holding signs for Prop 37. Shocking, I know.

    Again, in 2008 the air was thick with Obama signs, and I was stopped several times on the street by people asking me if I’d voted. A homeless guy even asked me my opinion of Obama.

    Now….nuttin’.

  6. Southern Pessimist

    I live in a very blue enclave in a very red state, and there is only one Obama sign on the 750 lawns of my neighborhood. The most liberal activist has signs for every other Democrat running but no Obama sign.

  7. Laurausc

    Out here in mid-Loudoun County, VA I see a lot more Romney signs, about 8 or so to 1.  Lots of large Romney signs next to George Allen and Frank Wolf ones out in western Loudoun.  No surprise, but a delight to see.

    When I voted this morning, I saw one man wearing an Obama t-shirt.  I was behind a gentleman in line with a Salt Lake City 2004 Olympics parka on.   Very cool.

  8. Kervinlee
    Andy Freeman: I’ve been in several neighborhoods in San Francisco today – Western Addition, North Beach (home), Union Square, and SOMA (work) –  and I counted one Obama hat and one Obama shirt.

    Obama merch (as we say in the music biz) was EVERYWHERE here in 2008. One couldn’t avoid it. Now it’s like seeing somebody wearing a Nickelback shirt. They are few and far between and you have to be really bold to want to wear one out of doors. · 50 minutes ago

    Saw just one Obama sticker near my polling place in the East Bay today – and it was from 2008.

    This campaign is notable for its lack of bumper-sticker and t-shirt support.

  9. Idiophone

    Yup. Agreed in full. I still see more 2008 stickers than 2012.

    Kervinlee

    Saw just one Obama sticker near my polling place in the East Bay today – and it was from 2008.

    This campaign is notable for its lack of bumper-sticker and t-shirt support. · 1 hour ago

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