Odd optics: Connecticut Obama fans cheering as president passionately talks about "putting 154 bullets into school children"
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 8, 2013
So, we’re not the only ones who found the crowd’s whistles, cheers and chants a little out of place at President Obama’s afternoon gun control rally in Connecticut.
Cheers and shouts of "we love you Obama" from crowd offer sharp contrast to Obama's somber words and the sad faces of the Newtown families
— Daniela Altimari (@capitolwatch) April 8, 2013
Obama: "I love you back" – to adoring minions at his "Get the Guns" rally.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 8, 2013
“Connecticut, this is not about me,” said the president, perhaps as a reminder to the audience or even to himself. Even CBS News’ Mark Knoller couldn’t help but notice the “campaign-style cadence.”
In campaign style cadence, Pres Obama vows to Newtown families "we're here with you…we won't walk away."
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 8, 2013
Hey look, an Obama campaign rally on my tee vee. #ohwait
— Dan Isett (@DanIsett) April 8, 2013
This Obama so called gun push sounds more like a campaign speech.
— zachary carello (@TheFunnyM4n) April 8, 2013
There’s no denying that the president feeds off of an audience’s enthusiasm, and today’s speech was no exception, with journalists describing Obama not as the relatively safe “passionate” but rather outright “angry.”
Editorial board member comment on #Obama at U of Hartford shouting: "I love it when he gets wound up."
— Carolyn Lumsden CT (@CarolynLumsden) April 8, 2013
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) April 8, 2013
That was a pretty emotional plea for gun control from Obama. At times could hear his voice cracked, his eyes were teary.
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 8, 2013
Obama on fire in Conn., saying gun control is not about the politics and that victims in Newtown and eleswhere deserve a vote
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) April 8, 2013
WE WANT A VOTE WE WANT A VOTE (Obama inspires chant from crowd)
— AAmom? (@AVD911) April 8, 2013
There’s also no denying that Obama’s fans do love him.
Watching Obama speak on gun control. Im literally crying, tears pouring down my face. I love him y god can't we all get along. #Powerful
— Jay Wirts (@CirrusJay) April 8, 2013
Loving Barack Obama right now. Love to see him fighting for what's right.
— Jamie (@j_con24) April 8, 2013
I love you Obama #youthebest
— CHK (@chlooohart) April 8, 2013
Here’s a pretty solid recap for those who missed the live telecast.
Obama will say good words. Students will cheer. Obama will leave. Done.
— Always Right (@JR_CorLite) April 8, 2013