Obama stumps for O'Malley
Bowie -- President Barack Obama praised Gov. Martin O’Malley at a Democratic pep rally today at Bowie State University, saying he “walks the walk, doesn’t just talk the talk.”
Adopting many of O’Malley’s campaign talking points, the president referenced a multi-year college tuition freeze, investments in public education and cuts to government spending. He also championed Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, both of whom are up for reelection this year.
The speech, similar in tone and content to many that Obama has given across the country in recent weeks, was designed to pump up Democratic voters, whom political observers believe to be as dispirited as Republican voters are energized.
Before Obama took the stage, O’Malley repeatedly referred to himself as the president’s partner. “I’m proud of our president,” the governor said, a line that elicited huge cheers from a crowd thick with students and O’Malley and Mikulski supporters.
Obama said he was confident Election Day would "prove the pundits wrong."
Referencing his own election two years ago, Obama said voting for him “made each of you shareholders in the mission of rebuilding our country.” Later, he said, “change happens from the bottom up.”
Several people fainted during the 30-minute speech in the hot sun outdoors on the campus of the historically black college. At one point, a heckler shouted “You’re a liar,” and was shoved toward the back of the crowd, though he continued to listen to the speech.
Obama questioned whether Republicans have a plan for improving the economy, deriding their recently unveiled Pledge to America as “the same old snake oil.” He said that just as he and Democrats were trying to steer the country out of a recession, Republicans "tapped them on the shoulder and asked for the keys back.”
“You can’t have the keys back, because you don’t know how to drive,” Obama said as many in the crowd laughed. “We’ll give you a ride if you want, but you’ve got to sit in the back seat.”