I'd probably dismiss it as an anomaly. But I remember those Obama campaign events back in '08. Raucous, noisy, exuberant. A real circus atmosphere - not uncommon in the world of political electioneering. This is now the third or fourth event of this year's season where I've watched several minutes of Obama giving his speech at a political event. Tonight he appeared at a union gathering. One would perhaps expect to see/hear a reasonably enthusiastic crowd. While not particularly hanging on every word, I do know he was speaking about the economy and jobs. He ended a sentence and paused, waiting for the applause. And it was embarrassing. Some in the crowd seemed to realize they had a pregnant pause on their hands and I could hear a weak spattering of applause. Obama said a few words, chuckled a bit and continued with his speech. I've seen too many of these lately to dismiss them as an outlier. Where has all the enthusiasm gone? How many people even showed up? Is this the reason there is so much concern in the DNC about the lack of contributions? How many Dems will just stay home this time? He's flailing.