Posted by: iam0nly1 | July 28, 2008

Free Concert Lures Obama’s Crowd AGAIN, Media Silent

Well, Axelrod isn’t called the King of Astroturfing for nothing. I’m sure all have heard the reports on Obama’s obvious star power, evidenced by his ability to draw a crowd of 200,000 screaming Germans. Too bad he had to bring in actual rock stars.

The German newspaper Berliner Morganpost reported on the rally today (translated) [H/T to Gateway Pundit]:

The speech will begin clock to 19 and up about 20 clock time. Admission to the event area is from 16 clock. At 16 clock begins the inlet to Obama spectacle on the streets of the 17th June. For the spectators, the further back have been enlarged picture screens. 

To the waiting time of up to the speech of the presidential candidates to shorten a second stage built on the musical framework programme to take place. The German Reggeasänger Patrice and the German pop band Reamonn 17.30 from occur there. Before and during the breaks, the British disc jockey Mantu. 

Snack and drink stalls are also up – the area is converted Fabnmeile-Obama.

Did the US media do us the courtesy of fully reporting the event?…Of course not. The New York Times ran a front page story on the event, and while fairly critical of the empty message he delivered, fail to critique the crowd:

So far for Mr. Obama, who came to Europe once in the last four years, making a stop in London on his way to Russia, the response of many Europeans to his potential presidency has been gratifying — emotional, responsive, replete with the sense of hope he seeks to engender about a more flexible, less ideological America.

On Thursday evening in a glittering Berlin, cheered by as many as 200,000 people, Mr. Obama delivered a tone poem to American and European ideals and shared history.

Accompanying this description was this propagandist photograph and caption:

Senator Barack Obama drew a crowd of more than 200,000, according to German estimates, in Berlin on Thursday.

But, this isn’t the first time the media was complicit in propagating the “Barack-star” false narrative. The blogs had to give us the real story:


From CNN to the New York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama’s Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday, some comparing him to a rock star.

Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007’s The Crane Wife.


CNN headlined its 10 p.m. segment on May 18 with “Barack Obama: Achieving Rock Star Status in Oregon.”


The New York Times, which ran a color photo of the crowd, estimated the throng at 75,000, noting that it was “the largest crowd of his campaign so far.” There was no mention of The Decemberists, and the Times described the weather as “an unseasonably hot day.”


I hope this is the way they plan to fill the Invesco Stadium. As a delegate, at least I’ll be treated to a concert and free food before I have to sit through his ramblings. While I enjoy The Decemberists, I could be persuaded to join the chants of “Yes We Can” if I’m treated to a free, joint Maroon 5, Ani Difranco, Sara Bareilles, The Fray and Cold Play concert. If he’s willing to bribe us for support, I have no problem making my demands known 🙂

The Just Say No Deal Coalition offers an amazing response to the continuing Obama fraud, and they even include a photo:


The Just Say No Deal Coalition issues the following in response to Senator Obama’s address at the site of the Victory Column following a free rock concert on July 24, 2008 in Berlin, Germany.

“While coverage of Senator Obama’s Berlin speech provided audiences here at home nothing less that a visual “shock and awe,” it neglected to mention that the well-hyped speech had an opening act: a gratis concert by two wildly popular groups, Reggae artist Patrice and rock band Reamonn (pictured below).

“While we appreciate the Obama Campaign’s hospitality, on behalf of furthering US international relations, offering free bratwurst, pizza and even beer for three hours during the free rock concert, we question whether or not the monies might have been better spent here on financially strapped US citizens.

“Furthermore the Just Say No Deal Coalition identifies this pattern as deceptive to media consumers. Similarly, back on May 20, 2008 in Portland, Oregon, the critically acclaimed local band Decemberists performed a rare free concert prior to Senator Obama’s appearance (note: there are no reports of free refreshments being served during this appearance).

While news stories generated by both appearances focused on the enormity of the crowd size, few reports mentioned the accompanying perks, leaving some to question whether revelers are showing up for Senator Obama or for free food and entertainment.

Without this additional information, Just Say No Deal contends that Americans are being misled about the presumptive Democratic nominee’s true popularity.”



  1. iam0nly1,
    I take it you’re not impressed.
    Well, I for one, am all a-twitter.
    I’m surprised you can’t feel it.
    Go ahead, touch your keyboard…

    “She gi’ me muhn-eh…”

    Oh, yeah, I’m tingling like Chris Mathews’ leg.

    “…when I’m in nee-ee-heed…”

  2. Obama’s going to lose, live with that.

  3. Lukas,

    If you haven’t noticed, this post has nothing to do with Hillary.

    My response to you would be, “Obama is a loser, get over it.” Just because our preferred candidate is no longer in the race does not mean we cannot justifiably criticize and bring to light Obama’s faults so that more people don’t make the mistake of voting for him.

    Lastly, while I appreciate you removing “f*cking” and “b*tching* from your comment so that it would no longer be caught in the spam filter, your dismissive and demeaning attitude isn’t going to lead to anyone “getting over it.”

  4. Hillary lost. Get over it.

  5. josgirl,

    i thought u were joking. now i’m totally sickened. but i guess if a tactic has been working, why change it?

  6. “Kanye West has planned to perform at the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August, along with Wyclef Jean and N.E.R.D. in support of Barack Obama.”
    That’s just one of many sources.

  7. A number of German papers estimate the crowd at around 100,000 persons. the 200,000 number comes from Obama’s people.

    I’ve checked the information on Yahoo Deutschland and got 33,600 positive hits for the following words: Siegessäule Berlin Menge 100 000 Obama (menge = crowd). The first stories listed on Yahoo confirm the first paragraph.

    Don’t trust Mr. Obama’s numbers please. He has shown some difficulty with numbers.

  8. Ugh, really 😦

    Maybe that would be okay…I’m certain Kanye would create an unholy ruckus by singing Gold Digger.

  9. iam0nly1, I think you’re going to have to settle for Kanye West.

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