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Scranton Yawns for Obama

President Obama heads to Joe Biden’s fabled hometown of Scranton Wednesday – a place Biden left about 83 years ago but still calls home so he can help Obama carry the state – but it seems Scranton is not much interested.

Et tu, Scranton? Photo by Keith Koffler

Pennsylvania was carried Obama in 2008, but its unemployment rate and large population of white middle class workers – just the type of voters the Obama campaign frets daily about losing – make it not a happy place for the president.

He and Romney are tied in the state, which voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries even as her campaign was sinking.

Looks like when they started handing out FREE tickets to Obama’s appearance tomorrow at Scranton High School, the city let out a collective Mehhhhh.

From the Pocono Record:

When Hillary Clinton was on the campaign trail in 2008 and spoke at Scranton High School, the line to get tickets a few days before her appearance stretched about 1,000 people long.

Monday’s line to grab the available free tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday was noticeably shorter — about 225 people were waiting when the doors opened for the distribution.

“It’s a little disappointing to see that,” said Cathy Kneeland, 64, of Scranton, who showed up more than three hours early to stand in line and found herself second. “You would think more people would want to see the president speak.”

The campaign eventually managed to get rid of all 1,000 tickets. Perhaps they’re busing them in.

Biden has been assigned to target the state, along with Florida and Ohio. These are the states where the election will be won or lost.

I’m sure the famous Biden magic will do the trick.

H/T to Jammie Wearing Fools, where I first saw this.

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19 Responses to Scranton Yawns for Obama

  1. You couldn’t PAY me to hear zero speak, let alone give me free tickets. I think the tides of middle America have definitely turned against O. I hope that this is a wake up call for the campaign/admin.

  2. Scranton, PA is in Lackawanna County, and today, the county housing authority has closed applications for Section 8 housing. There are 1,100 units now in use, and over 1,700 applicants on the waiting list. 4 years ago, there was no waiting list and 200 available units not being used.

    There also seems to be a lot of unemployed in Scranton. The Catholic hospital just closed for financial reasons.

    They’ll go to see the Presidental circus, the motorcade, the cameras. They’ll go home and tell their neighbors what they saw, and next year they’ll vote for whomever the Repubs put on their ballot.

  3. This doesn’t mean that they won’t vote for him — they may well fall in line when the time “to send a message” is over and the voting begins.

    Obama is NOT down and out — a year to go — much psychological territory to be traveled. Incumbents have an advantage. How well I remember peopel saying they would vote for Bush because “You don’t change horses in mid stream.” My answer, “You do if your horse is dead,” only made them surprised, not enough awakened to change their vote.

    Incumbents are nearly always re-elected – – DON”T THINK OBAMA HAS LOST.

  4. Why do you even have to bring the whole race thing into the equation with ‘large population of white middle class workers’? Ahhh…that’s right. Whites can’t believe they voted a black man into office, wait….a 1/2 black man. White middle class workers should be cheerin’ this guy on because when the repubs beat him the focus on the rich in this country will help the middle class whither away even more. But race does trump the class warfare card so those white middle classers won’t be able to see past the most base of darkness in our hidden hearts….Obama better unite all the blacks, hispanics, white women, and elites he can because the white man won’t go for him. They didn’t last time and it will simply be magnified this time. So keep on bringing up race Koffler because it IS still relevant.

    • This has been in the news the last few days. The Obama campaign has decided not to waste time courting white blue collar (middle class) and they, along with the DNC, want to build their coalition around intellectual elites, educated (??) whites (teachers, librarians, professors) and hispanics and of course the old reliable black vote.
      They are not focused on white blue collar and working white Americans, because they have lost them completely.

    • chris, I never suggested they were opposing him because he is black. You did. Actually, and unfortunately, you are the one bringing a “racial” element into this.

      The fact is that the white working class is a real demographic that campaigns target or don’t, just like they might target blacks or Latinos. The Obama campaign has made a specific decision that it will lose this group and so to not aggressively court them – instead, to try to minimize losses. It is important to discuss reality, even at the risk that someone like you will make a racial issue out of it.

      • White middle class workers should be cheerin’ this guy on because when the repubs beat him the focus on the rich in this country will help the middle class whither away even more.

        This is EXACTLY what we don’t think. Thanks for stating it so clearly.

        • Keith, you stated the race of folks. Sure…cover it by saying they are a specific demographic…blah, blah, blah. Obama should be real about this because race is a huge issue in this country and racism is hidden in the hearts of many, many people on all sides of the street. His campaign is smart for not focusing too much on the middle class white men specifically because they simply won’t get his vote and I largely believe it is more due to racism then anything Fox spouts from its mouth whether it be economy, class warfare, energy, regulations, etc.

          Star, you are simply wrong. I respectfully disagree with you.

  5. “It’s a little disappointing to see that,” said Cathy Kneeland, 64, of Scranton, who showed up more than three hours early to stand in line and found herself second. “You would think more people would want to see the president speak.”
    Well, Cathy, if Little Barry was actually a president wortha crap, more people might want to line up to hear him speak.