During Obama’s Speech at Democratic Campaign Rally, Crowd Does Something ‘Weird’

During President Barack Obama’s speech at a Maryland Democratic campaign rally Sunday, crowd members departed while he spoke — an action that “underscored his continuing unpopularity,” Reuters reported.

President Barack Obama campaigns for Maryland gubernatorial Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP/Cliff Owen)

Despite the fact that Democratic candidates have by and large avoided appearing with Obama on the trail, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown — who’s running for governor — was not one of them, Reuters added.

But as Obama spoke at the rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington, a “steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium,” Reuters noted, adding that a heckler also interrupted him.

People depart the gymnasium while President Barack Obama makes a campaign speech for Maryland gubernatorial Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (Image source: AP/Cliff Owen)

“There are no excuses,” Obama said, according to Reuters. “The future is up to us.”

People walk out of the gymnasium as President Barack Obama gives a campaign speech for Maryland gubernatorial Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP/Cliff Owen)

UPDATE, Tuesday 11:20 a.m.: A challenge has been circulating saying that the people leaving during Obama’s speech were from an overflow room. But the Reuters reporter, Jeff Mason, stood by his account in a Twitter post: “nope, not the overflow folks. They were in a different room. These were people leaving from the main auditorium.”

(H/T: Drudge Report)

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