Over the weekend, Team Romney kept pointing out something about the crowd sizes President Obama was getting for his first campaign appearances. Here's a sample from a launch event at The Ohio State University.
The Columbus Post-Dispatch reported:
In a 37-minute speech, the president reminded the audience that he inherited a severe economic crisis and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the country now is more secure.
The rally was one the Buckeye men’s basketball team might have envied, with the revved up audience repeatedly chanting "four more years."
But the event fell short of the 20,000 supporters the campaign had forecast as organizers moved people from seats to the arena floor in front of the dais to project fullness to television audiences. Obama volunteers had worked feverishly over the last week to gin up a crowd, making multiple calls to residents believed to be supportive of the president.
Even the New York Times said, of these campaign events, "At times, the rallies had the feeling of a concert by an aging rock star ..."
Looks like the frenzied, emotional support surrounding Obama in 2008 will be difficult to sustain, even among the normally reliable media and youth.