What if you put on a presidentially sponsored climate rally, and nobody showed up?

It appears that is exactly what happened today, from Obama’s “Organizing For Action” website (now disappeared) there was this announcement:


Reality is a bitch sometimes:


See http://freebeacon.com/ofa-gets-zero-attendance-for-climate-change-rally/

Timing is everything I suppose. Checking the forecast helps too.

OFA’s climate change ‘rally’ has zero environmental impact, zero attendees | Twitchy

To be fair, there were multiple rallies scheduled today, and some did attract tens of people.

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August 13, 2013 2:44 pm


August 13, 2013 2:48 pm

Oh, this is amazing! Not ten minutes ago, I thought to myself, “We’ll know it’s over when no one shows up to these meetings, protests or lectures.”
Yes, I know one isn’t the whole, but it does seem that attendance is very clearly lighter nowadays.
Then this! So nice! Thank you! 😀

Tom Harley
August 13, 2013 2:48 pm

What, not even James Hansen? Or Bill McKibben? Watts has won then. Congratulations …

August 13, 2013 2:49 pm

Was this planned before or after he flew his dog on a private helicopter to their summer vacation house?

August 13, 2013 2:50 pm

It’s obvious that Climate Rallies cause cold, rainy weather. To prevent future Global WarmingClimate Change we must institute a feverish schedule of Climate Rallies.

August 13, 2013 2:52 pm

Was Al Gore in Georgetown?

August 13, 2013 2:53 pm

Looks like the Chicken Littles are coming home to roost.

Mike M
August 13, 2013 2:57 pm

Maybe more like Chicken Littles are feeling a bit roostered.

August 13, 2013 2:57 pm

The money hucksters were off spending their gains somewhere else and did not have time for such loose change events.

August 13, 2013 2:59 pm

That does not stop the regime from forcing CO2 rules and Obamacare down our throats.

Mark Bofill
August 13, 2013 3:03 pm

See, that’s the problem with bots. They can’t actually show up in RL.

August 13, 2013 3:05 pm

It’s hard to protest global warming when you’re cold and wet.

High treason
August 13, 2013 3:12 pm

If anyone makes a big deal of this in the media, they will just shrug it off saying someone goofed in the publicity (propaganda) department.

Paul Westhaver
August 13, 2013 3:14 pm

It was a “virtual rally”…. attended by millions. See the clicks?
You deniers are such Luddites, Welcome to the the 3rd millennium
That was sarcasm for those of you who don’t know me.

george e. smith
August 13, 2013 3:18 pm

“”””””……MattN says:
August 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Was this planned before or after he flew his dog on a private helicopter to their summer vacation house?……..””””””””””
Well it wasn’t a helicopter; it was an Osprey; the stupidest piece of flying scrap metal, ever to leave the ground.
You would never catch me riding in one of those junk piles..
As for “the dog”, actually it was BO, as in Barack Obama; the Presidential alter ego.
Anybody with that much of a self aggrandizement fetish, ought to take a page out of Icarus’s book, and not fly up towards the sun, in a pile of alloys, just waiting to plummet to earth.
If I were BO, I would chooses that much older flying bedstead gizmo, that looked like a jet elevated pulpit. It would be fitting for BO to be seen in a flying pulpit, specially fitted with stereo Tele-prompters.

August 13, 2013 3:22 pm

I love the smell of political embarrassment in the morning. It smells like….Victory! 🙂

Unite Against Greenfleecing
August 13, 2013 3:24 pm

No wonder the dog travels separate from the president, in the interest of national security the two are not allowed to travel together. Was there any canine present at the climate rally or maybe Biden was their holding the dog by the tail?
Rumor has it all the warmists were busy attending the Nazi Climate Bondage Show in Vegas.

August 13, 2013 3:28 pm
August 13, 2013 3:37 pm

The Gore Effect is alive and well!

August 13, 2013 3:41 pm

Elmer, where were your cameras mate? The Chicken should have made an appearance!

August 13, 2013 3:43 pm

I thought that given his background he would be using a flying carpet for this…. So much less environmental impact.

August 13, 2013 3:56 pm

Witches can’t survive the rain. Prima facie evidence my statement is true.

David L.
August 13, 2013 3:57 pm

But at least 97% of those that attended believe in AGW

Chuck Nolan
August 13, 2013 4:05 pm

Excellent David L.

August 13, 2013 4:05 pm

But the polls show a majority of people are concerned about our change of climate. LOL. What a bunch of climate clowns.

August 13, 2013 4:14 pm

People are bored. People are not worried by our booming biosphere. People want more warmth not more cold. People want to eat, have good standards of living and healthy lives. It’s as simple as that. ‘Climate Change’ issues are on the edge of being vote losers.

August 13, 2013 4:23 pm

Barry’s propagandists have totally lost it on Twitter

August 13, 2013 4:34 pm

What Obummer …!

Gail Combs
August 13, 2013 4:49 pm

elmer says:
August 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm
It’s hard to protest global warming when you’re cold and wet.
Listen to Elmer, He should know.

Chad Wozniak
August 13, 2013 4:57 pm

Maybe we skeptics missed an opportunity – to show up at the rally in our thousands, with our picket signs saying “Free CO2 Now!” “AGW = Absolutely Gone Wacko!” “”Stop Wind and Solar Power Pollution!” “Renewable Energy is Cruelty to Animals1” “Drill Baby Drill!” “Mine Baby Mine!” “Frack Baby Frack!” “Tote that Power Plant!” “Tote that Oil Refinery!” “Redistribute Rich Lefties’ Wealth First!” “Tax Global Warming Research Grants 100 Percent!”

August 13, 2013 5:13 pm

Sure didn’t rain much today, nor was it cold. We’re just south of Washington DC. Weather was cloudy, somewhat humid and mildly warm. Our high hit mid-eighties and our low this past morning was probably just shy of 70F. Except for the clouds and mist, perfectly comfortable for patiently watching the pre dawn skies for Perseids; (I haven’t seen any yet over several nights.)
Perhaps I’ve just missed the showers during my nighttime forays, but you’d think I’d see at least one meteor in a forty five minute stakeout. No meteors, back to bed… Last night was a complete bust and didn’t watch for more than ten minutes before deciding that the Perseids space dust just wasn’t making it through clouds.
Anyway, the ground was not wet this morning and only a few sparse squalls passed through leaving raindrop splash patterns on mostly dry ground surfaces.
As for as the lack of attendees, that means no beer or food was being served. Otherwise, why would anyone bother attending an ofa oaf faith based event?
Don’t worry, I’m sure the presidential msm adorational will have GISS run statistical analysis on the numbers so they can ‘model’ the GISSmaginary attendance and reach group ofa ecstacy.

Chad Wozniak
August 13, 2013 5:42 pm

I forgot to add, “Tote that Keystone Pipeline!”

lurker, passing through laughing
August 13, 2013 5:48 pm

If we list the work of team Obama that only focused on actual problems and then actually dealing with them in ways that were effective, the list would be as short as this rally was empty.

August 13, 2013 5:52 pm

“To be fair, there were multiple rallies scheduled today, and some did attract tens of people.”
Tens! Not even dozens?

August 13, 2013 5:57 pm

I didn’t attend. Does that mean I’m part of the majority? I’m not used to that. Where do I go to reap my benefits?

Mark Urbo
August 13, 2013 5:59 pm

They all went for a swim in the “iceless” Arctic and nobody has seen them since….

August 13, 2013 6:03 pm

Obama could not come because he was busy deleting all his emails to the IRS….

August 13, 2013 6:04 pm

Chad Wozniak on August 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm
AGW = Al Gore Wacko …

Gail Combs
August 13, 2013 6:06 pm

Chad Wozniak says:
I prefer a sign reading: “Save a tree from starvation – BURN COAL”

Gail Combs
August 13, 2013 6:09 pm

Mark Urbo says:
August 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm
They all went for a swim in the “iceless” Arctic and nobody has seen them since….
But the poley bears are well fed and laughing.

Mac the Knife
August 13, 2013 6:17 pm

MattN says:
August 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Was this planned before or after he flew his dog on a private helicopter to their summer vacation house?
I know you meant that to illicit a laugh at the incongruous image of Obama’s dog getting its own helicopter ride… but I can’t laugh at this insanity anymore.
To date, the American taxpayer has reportedly contributed more than $1,000,000,000 (that’s right, 1 Billion dollars) to the care, feeding, golf, basketball, stylish clothing and vacation needs of Barack, Michelle, their 2 girls, and their portuguese water dog! With that in mind, at least 43% of the US electorate still has a ‘favorable view’ of the Obamas, because they care about the Poor sooooooooo much?! Consider that this lavish, outlandish and uncaring spending behavior by Our Dear Leader and family could have provided 1 million US citizens with $1,000 each to meet critical health care needs. A lot of grandmas didn’t get their critical medicines but Malia had a GREAT time in Mexico for ‘spring break’! Ugh.
Mind you, it was not a private helicopter that Obama used to solo fly the family flea bag over to their exclusive ocean front view. The MV-22 Osprey tilt rotor that ‘Bo’ was flown on to Marthas Vineyard can carry 24 Marines with full battle gear in conventional seating, or a maximum of 34 if the seats are removed and the Marines and all gear are anchored directly to the floor. It’s combined vertical takeoff/landing capabilities, speed, range, and load capacities are unmatched by other military helos. It costs approximately $11,400 per hour to operate…. That’s the equivalent of feeding 2,280 hungry folks a $5 meal every hour it is in the air. And Our Dear Leader uses it as a flying dog kennel for the family mutt! Obama told us that ‘sequester’ would cause severe cuts to critical military programs but it did not shut down Bo Bo the Wonder Dog’s military airline it seems. It’s the kind of insane and unjustifiable extravagance you’d expect from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un!
Only a socialist democrat could turn a blind eye to this unconscionable waste and abuse of military assets by Barack Hussein Obama and retinue! I’m glad that his Organizing For Action PAC is flailing and failing to draw any attention to the false canard of AGW but his profligate waste and imperial actions (obstruction of Keystone pipeline, IRS harassment of conservatives, Benghazi coverup, etc.) are worthy of a third world dictator and are placing our country profoundly at risk. I just can’t ‘laugh’ at it anymore.

John Blake
August 13, 2013 6:21 pm

More rallies! Comrades, we need more rallies, a Klimat Clown on every shari’a-safe streetcorner, and we need ’em NOW. Anyone failing Dumbriscus in this, his sacred duty, will be liquidated on the spot.

August 13, 2013 6:26 pm

There ought to have been catering. Maybe a buffet?
Reminds me rather much of that scene in A Christmas Carol where the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come brings Scrooge to the

…’Change, amongst the merchants; who hurried up and down, and chinked the money in their pockets, and conversed in groups, and looked at their watches, and trifled thoughtfully with their great gold seals; and so forth, as Scrooge had seen them often.

What sticks in my memory most about that part of the story had been their banter about attending Scrooge’s send-off:

“It’s likely to be a very cheap funeral,” said the same speaker; “for upon my life I don’t know of anybody to go to it. Suppose we make up a party and volunteer?”
“I don’t mind going if a lunch is provided,” observed the gentleman with the excrescence on his nose. “But I must be fed, if I make one.”

August 13, 2013 6:32 pm

Mac the Knife on August 13, 2013 at 6:17 pm
Only a socialist democrat could turn a blind eye to this unconscionable waste …
Is he inspired by his party comrades in Sweden?

Dr. John M. Ware
August 13, 2013 6:44 pm

Here in central Virginia, 100 miles from DC, we had a cloudy morning with occasional sprinkles; a total of a “trace” of rain. If I had not had other errands, I would have been in the garden working, and that little bit of rain would not have held me back. Further up the coast, in northern NJ and southeastern PA, now they got some real rain; DC, not so much. My thought is that the attendance included pretty much everyone who thought it worth the trouble to go.

Outrageous Ampersand
August 13, 2013 6:59 pm

Unfortunately, y’all are missing the point.
President Asterisk is becoming increasingly irrelevant, but that doesn’t make the situation any better. Powerful interests have hitched themselves so tightly to his wagon that they can’t disengage, even as said wagon is going off a cliff. They can’t stop, because sometimes admitting you’re wrong is worse than simply the end of everything.
I’m reminded of the Dark Knight film: “in their desperation, they turned to a man they didn’t fully understand”.

August 13, 2013 7:09 pm

They did not properly market the event. Weren’t they supposed to offer Obamaphones to attendees?

August 13, 2013 7:38 pm

“To be fair, there were multiple rallies scheduled today, and some did attract tens of people.”
Given the margin of error could it have even been dozens?

wayne Job
August 13, 2013 7:51 pm

If you throw a party and no-one turns up, it gives one an empty feeling, what a shame.

Chad Wozniak
August 13, 2013 7:57 pm

@Sadsjal –
Yes, and any number of others: Alarmist Goon Weirdos, Abnormal Gastropod Worms, etc.
If you really want to throw up, see the videos from C-SPAN where Rep. Steve Scalise is questioning BloodyMess. The clot’s effrontery is truly breathtaking – right after many minutes of testimony from various witnesses that CO2 does not drive climate, he still up and says everybody agrees that man’s CO2 emissions are causing global warming, nothing to discuss, case closed. It is as though he pretends not to hear anything but his own lies.
Facts not only won’t stop BloodyMess, he is sufficiently lacking in any emotion (other than raw rage or smug self-satisfaction, probably) to be even capable of feeling fear. He is so cocksure of his point that even a sudden new ice age probably won’t budge him. And if, as I suspect, he knows he is lying, that doesn’t bother him in the least, as it similarly would not bother any other sociopathic mentality.

Chad Wozniak
August 13, 2013 7:58 pm

– my apologies for butchering your moniker.

Gunga Din
August 13, 2013 7:59 pm

Let’s see … Benghazi. The NSA snooping. The IRS targeting groups opposed to the loss of liberty creep. Holder. etc. After these debacles hit the press Obama started talking about “Global Warming” again to try and re-rally the sheep. The sheep passed.
That’s good.

August 13, 2013 8:03 pm

Oh, too funny … and one should ask, where was pres Shoom today?

August 13, 2013 8:11 pm

I can explain what happened. You see, 97% of us were otherwise engaged chasing down the 3% deniers. Once we have them locked up safely behind bars, we will again be available for any march, hymn, rally, whatever.

August 13, 2013 8:13 pm

“Redistribute Rich Lefties’ Wealth First!”
You meant Rich Fake-Lefties’ right?
I live amongst them. The driving $100,000+ cars I’m kinda OK with, but sending their kids to expensive private schools so they don’t have to meet black kids is a bit too fake-leftie for my taste.
I bet 97% (yeah really) of the Goldmann Sachs guys who took the $100 million bonuses voted for Obama.

Luther Wu
August 13, 2013 8:15 pm

Today, I gritted my teeth and listened to Government Radio (NPR) sporadically over about a 10 hour period. I’ve always considered them to be leftist mouthpieces, while they denied it and claimed a sort of fairness to viewpoints. I found today that they have now dropped any pretense of objectivity and have become full- on propagandists, with a large part of programming time dedicated to CACD propaganda.
Our tax dollars at work… the US government is openly engaged in lying to us at every turn.

August 13, 2013 8:19 pm

…. but seriously, the pressing issue of our time here – which bathroom a 12-year old transgender kid can go in:

Unite Against Greenfleecing
August 13, 2013 8:27 pm

They need to pay actors for the next event, FakeWarmists.com is a business opportunity waiting to happen.

August 13, 2013 8:38 pm

Stark Dickflüssig says:
It’s obvious that Climate Rallies cause cold, rainy weather.

See, climate rallies really DO make a difference (whether anyone comes or not). /sarc

george e. smith
August 13, 2013 8:46 pm

Well thanks to California’s new Hermaphrodite Law, that Gov Moonbeam Brown signed into law, we can all now go into any bathroom we feel like going into.
I took advantage of that, by going into the ladies loo this afternoon, at the local Taco Belle. Well I just felt like it was appropriate, and I did feel like going. But I always smile at the ladies who come out of the men’s John; they always seem like they felt the urge to go in there.

August 13, 2013 8:54 pm

george e. smith says:
August 13, 2013 at 8:46 pm
Well thanks to California’s new Hermaphrodite Law, that Gov Moonbeam Brown signed into law, we can all now go into any bathroom we feel like going into.
I took advantage of that, by going into the ladies loo this afternoon,
I hope you didn’t leave the seat up ……….

August 13, 2013 9:51 pm

Well, well, well……
Someone made a bad calculation.
97 % of scientists leaning on Theories of Science for proving or disapproving thesis and theories do not belive in human climate change, so which catagory of scientists are included resp. discluded for anyone to arrive at 97%? Please let us know if you know 🙂

Ian W
August 13, 2013 11:26 pm

george e. smith says:
August 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm
“”””””……MattN says:
August 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm
Was this planned before or after he flew his dog on a private helicopter to their summer vacation house?……..””””””””””
Well it wasn’t a helicopter; it was an Osprey; the stupidest piece of flying scrap metal, ever to leave the ground.
You would never catch me riding in one of those junk piles..

George you appear to be grossly misinformed.

” The V-22 is Safer Than Helos, Effective, Says Man Who Wrote the Book

The redesigned, retested Osprey’s safety record is so good that it’s actually the safest rotorcraft the Marine Corps flies, based on Class A mishaps per 100,000 flight hours. Those are official Naval Safety Center statistics.
Given that record, anyone who calls the Osprey “unsafe” or “accident-prone” these days either hasn’t bothered to learn the facts or is willfully ignoring them.”

August 13, 2013 11:54 pm

AGW has slipped into being an outmoded, old fogey, mainstream, establishment issue. BO taking it up to revive his flagging popularity drove the last nail in the coffin.
The hip and cool are now in a panic over apocalyptic collapse.

August 14, 2013 12:38 am

Chad Wozniak on August 13, 2013 at 7:57 pm
Nobody listens to a fool …
Oh, wait … people indeed do! In modern history there are plenty examples of leftists, who ended up in a situation where human life and economics has been wasted. I one way or another …
Throw up? No, it’s more like changing diapers on toddlers. You finally get used to the “perfume” and wonder how a little fellow managed to produce anything similar, knowing that the situation will change for the better. The only question is when ..

August 14, 2013 3:00 am

Tens of people!!

Gary Pearse
August 14, 2013 4:37 am

“..some did attract tens of people.”
These were the hotdog vendors and they were greatly teed off.

August 14, 2013 5:50 am

Gore’s Effect strikes again!

August 14, 2013 5:54 am

george e. smith says:
August 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm
Well it wasn’t a helicopter; it was an Osprey; the stupidest piece of flying scrap metal, ever to leave the ground.
George of all the things you have written in this blog these are probably the truest.

Ralph Kramden
August 14, 2013 6:50 am

Thanks to people like Anthony Watts many people are not fooled by the alarmist propaganda on climate change.

August 14, 2013 7:56 am

What? There weren’t any reporters? I’d have expected at least dozens in marxist Georgetown.

August 14, 2013 8:02 am

“tens of people”? LOL – at this rate they should be able to take over the world in about “tens” of thousands of years.

August 14, 2013 9:35 am

One of the comments regarding the Keystone Pipeline (I don’t think it was from Obama) was that the whole process resembled the “Keystone Kops”. The whole Obama Climate fiasco better resembles the Keystone Kops Kapers. The actual Keystone Pipeline process has been professional as compared to the Obama Climate Capers. I feel sorry for the Americans to have to suffer through this Presidency. The U.S. should be a leader in so many things. Instead they are bogged down. To throw a rally and have no one attend is a good indication. Unfortunately they will come up with an amazing number of excuses why it was not successful.

August 14, 2013 11:49 am

Colin says: “The U.S. should be a leader in so many things. Instead they are bogged down.”
It isn’t ‘bogged down’ it is being subverted. Obama is only a simptom of a much greater problem.
Reagan explains how it is being done in this video:

Gail Combs
August 14, 2013 11:59 am

Billy says: @ August 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm
The hip and cool are now in a panic over apocalyptic collapse.
Yes, Even Scientific American has an article on it now:
May 23 2012: Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return? ~ Although there is an urban legend that the world will end this year based on a misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar, some researchers think a 40-year-old computer program that predicts a collapse of socioeconomic order and massive drop in human population in this century may be on target
The IPCC was established in 1988. We have had 25 years, a whole generation submerged in CAGW and about half that time (16 years) there has been NO Warming.
Now that younger generation is questioning the old moldy theory looking at the fact they can’t get jobs, their parents/grand parents have lost their jobs or been forced to retire. Their nice cushy life style is going up in smoke as Mom and Dad become more and more worried about how to pay the bills and not about keeping junior in the latest have to have junk.
The Real Numbers: Half of America in Poverty — and It’s Creeping Upward
The Census Bureau has reported that one out of six Americans lives in poverty. A shocking figure. But it’s actually much, much worse.

August 14, 2013 12:30 pm

Colin on August 14, 2013 at 9:35 am
Keystone Kops Kapers? In short, that’s [snip] …

August 14, 2013 3:17 pm

Well, one of the few OFA progressive drones who did attend one of the “rallies,” did call for the arrest and trial of Republican members of Congress for treason.
So they got that going for them.

August 14, 2013 3:59 pm

OFA needs to get its act together. When you really want to know how concerned people are about the climate, you need to book Bruce Springsteen.

Brian H
August 14, 2013 5:43 pm

Bo has to have his own flights. Muslims can’t share transportation with unclean dogs.

Richard Vada
August 14, 2013 6:51 pm

I was never laughing at all this criminal scamming, ever. I’ve seen people referring to the ones doing it as “our friends” and “our esteemed adversaries” and I’ve seen people told s.t.f.u. and let the scammers keep talking, because “you’re not being a ‘nice’ citizen.”
The only people who say things like that about criminals are people making money off those criminals’ existence. There’s never been anything respectable or even remotely real about this from the beginning: and when you look around at the climate wars and see who’s still standing, remember: the people who said this was all a scam from the beginning, have been wiped off the political and social map by the collaborators who helped the scam stay afloat so they themselves could stay ‘relevant’ somehow.

Richard Vada
August 14, 2013 7:14 pm

“It’s real science, it’s just that you all don’t understand,” was the cry around the world from those who sold their souls in order to stay in the climate publicity game. There’s no such thing as “the amount of heating done by the refrigerant” in a phase change refrigeration system, and earth’s atmosphere is a frigid gas bath, of nitrogen and oxygen, phase change refrigerated, using water.
Not maybe or maybe thursday – that’s the way it is and that’s why nobody on earth but people in the climate publicity business claim they believe in that crap even remotely.
Literally from the beginning even your local air conditioner repair man would have been able to tell this is all fake, and thousands of people, hundreds of professionals, told everyone, from the beginning. It was about crime from the start. Energy markets manipulation by Al Gore, policy sway through terror by all those involved who claimed they believed it was possible to heat the atmosphere with it’s refrigerants; grants scamming – that’s how the whole thing got kicked off before Gore aired it out in his “lost the election make my money back” come back tour.

August 14, 2013 7:36 pm

Ox AO says:
August 14, 2013 at 11:49 am
That video was sad and true. Oh so true……..

August 14, 2013 11:31 pm

Hey Mac the Knife, I doubt seriously the total is that high. Anyways, Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation. To put this into context, John F. Kennedy spent fewer days in office, 1000, than George W. Bush spent on vacation. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office. Seven trips to Africa that cost 6 times as much as O by he and his wife. He used Air Force One as a personal taxi and I bet SpaghettiO is still easily a billion short of what Bush blew. Dubya had some of his administration using AF1 for vacation just because of the criticism of his vacations. He was on vacation in California when Katrina was coming in, after being forewarned the levees would be topped.

August 14, 2013 11:32 pm

Colin says: “That video was sad and true. Oh so true……..”
I nearly cried the first time I seen it and i am not the crying type.

August 14, 2013 11:46 pm

Ed Mertin says:
It really doesn’t matter the president is in office now a days. They are all spending on average over 10 times more then the wealthiest person alive on their day to day life.
They spend more money on themselves then bill gates does on all his philanthropy projects combined.
No one is worth that much.

Tim Clark
August 15, 2013 1:59 pm

I missed it.

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