Obama Pleads for Applause

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Video: ‘Golf Clap Lite’ for the Jobs Bill

By Doug Powers  •  October 20, 2011 10:50 PM
**Written by Doug Powers
At some point earlier in the week I read an LA Times article about President Obama encouraging an audience at a fire station to applaud a mention of his much ballyhooed but tough-to-sell-to-Congress “jobs bill.” I didn’t mention it at that point because it seemed to be one of those “video or nothing” moments when mere words wouldn’t suffice. Now, by way of Allahpundit over at Hot Air, there’s video.
One reason for the lax reaction could be that the “applause” sign was on the audio/video equipment truck that was stolen and hasn’t been recovered yet. What made it even more awkward was that I think the first few claps were from a guy who was only trying to smack a mosquito, but who knows:

If anything, this might serve as evidence that Obama’s audiences aren’t coached on the applause lines going in. However, Team Obama could still be planning their events under 2008 rules, back when no extra encouragement was necessary. Big mistake. Things have changed, and maybe this will turn out to be a teachable moment. By the time next September/October rolls around, cattle prods installed under the seat of each audience member could be a mandatory requirement.
Tom in NC

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0 responses to “Obama Pleads for Applause

  1. Obama made a bus tour through our end of the state this week starting in Asheville. A drug rep from Marion, NC brought my hubby lunch this week, and he filled him in on Barry’s visit to his hometown last Monday. Seems Marion is one of THE most conservative towns in the mountains. They chose a not-so-good Barbeque spot for lunch. The Secret Service made them throw away the food prepared, and re-prepare everything on the menu while they watched. Most of the locals paid NO attention to him when he came in. The others asked him some very challenging questions. The caravan then left and travelled to Boone, home of baby daughter’s alma mater, Appalachian State University, a very liberal, hippy place. He could not even bring people here out to see him. I honestly do not understand how this monstrous black bus made it on the narrow, snaky road through Linville Gorge.

    • “The Secret Service made them throw away the food prepared, and re-prepare everything on the menu while they watched.”
      Getting paranoiac about poisoning?

  2. Dennis H. Bennett

    Nestled in the foothills, there is no lobster in Marion – only crawdads, patriots….and sawed-off shotguns.
    And the’re able to know a phony “leader” when they see one.

  3. Jeesh, can’t stand listening to him…every word out of his mouth is a lie!

  4. I wish I could take credit for those comments but they were from the author, Doug Powers. I usually italicize any comments after someone else’s article.

  5. I wouldn’t go see the Dear Ruler if he was passing out $100 bills.

  6. Dave,
    Isn’t that how they get their audiences now? They give SEIU stimulus money and then the SEIU pays their members to show up.
    I do not want to ever be in his presence. He is a liar and a fraud but evil emanates from him.


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