Democrats Downsize Venue For Obama’s Speech

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This was a possibility yesterday, and now it’s a reality. Citing a weather report that really doesn’t look all that threatening for the big speech (they previously had said it would go off “rain or shine”) the Democrats are moving Obama’s acceptance speech from the 73,000 seat Bank of America stadium to the 20,000 Time-Warner Arena.

Democrats are significantly downsizing the final night of their national convention, moving the events — including President Obama’s acceptance speech — from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena because of threats of thunder and lightning.

Mr. Obama was slated to accept the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night in the open-air football stadium before a crowd of more than 60,000. The basketball and hockey arena, however, seats just around 20,000.

Democrats, of course, are going to deny fiercely that this has anything to do with lackluster turn out for their convention and the possibility of lots and lots of empty seats, but Obama was trying to lower expectations for turnout days ago. He wouldn’t guarantee a packed house. “My main goal is not to worry about the logistics of the convention,” Obama told a local NBC News reporter. “My main goal is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • jamermorrow

    The sad thing is that any candidate should be able to mop the floor with Obama in November. Obama’s popularity is tanking. Yet he is tied with Romney in the polls. Why? because people don’t believe Republicans anymore. They know Republicans will not actually cut anything. They know Republicans have a fetish with war. Obama may set a record for being the most unpopular president yet still win an election.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      Democrats, however, will cut the country’s throat.

      • $8194357

        allah be praised, huh

  • mikemc1970

    The Motel 6 conference room holds 30. They should be able to fill that.

    • jamermorrow

      No excitement for Obama anymore yet he is basically tied with Romney in the polls. Says a lot about Romney.

      • mikemc1970

        No. it says a lot about the people they are polling. Romney’s resume should be all that matters. I don’t need to relate to my surgeon, I just need him/her to be a good surgeon, but people for whatever reason feel they need to relate to their President.

        • jamermorrow

          Romney’s resume is terrible when it comes to reducing government.

          • mikemc1970

            What is his Resume on creating an economic atmosphere favorable to job creation, balancing budgets, and solving problems?

          • $8194357

            He is a good buisness man tho jammer.
            Whats Barry ever done but “redistribute leftist slush funds”
            and communist organize?

          • jamermorrow

            Just because Obama sucks does not make Romney so great.

          • $8194357

            Buisness as usual jammer.
            The lesser of two evils…
            A Constitutionalist limited government
            canidate will never become viable in todays large government
            internationalist agenda media world….
            Look what they did to Palin for just saying the Founders wanted a “limited federal government”…
            Crucified her on both sides of the big government
            internationalist agenda congress huh…

          • Wayne

            jamermorrow the one trick pony.

          • jamermorrow

            When Romney grows government I expect you to criticize him.

          • robert108

            Where did you get the idea that anyone answers to you?

      • $8194357

        Or the main stream medias bias polls?

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Says a lot about polls.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      I thought the extra room in the stadium was to have space for the bullshit.

      • $8194357

        OWS’er flame..
        2 tru 4 skool..

  • SigFan

    But I thought the DNC had a new retractable roof installed for the speech?

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  • Dakotacyr

    Hundreds of busses were coming from MD, DC, VA, 65,000 tickets. It is not the rain, it is the lightening they are really worried about. But you will write the story that supports your meme. so go for it.

    • mikemc1970

      yeah, right. Grin, grin. Nod, nod. Wink, wink. Say no more.

    • Spartacus

      Try being honest, it’s you that will lie to support your meme. Follow the link to watch a local weatherman say Charlotte’s in good shape for Obama’s speech, chance of severe weather minimal.

      http://youtu.be/N1dZx7YTx-k

      • Eat This

        Chad Myers on CNN said the same thing just a couple of hours ago. He said there is no more chance for severe weather than any other day, it’s not unlike any other day in Charlotte.

    • Gern Blanston

      Why on earth would they advertise “Rain or Shine” up until recent days? Why not advertise the big venue with “Time-Warner Arena to be used in case of inclement weather?” And why risk attracting a crowd of 70,000 when you knew that with a 20% chance of rain, you would cancel and move to the 20,000 seat arena? WHere are the other 50,000 going to go? Seems like that would have been a P.R. disaster. You have to be honest and admit Port’s take on this is spot on.

      • spud

        Just remember Romney’s ford field venue 80,000 capacity and he gives a speech to about 1,200 remember how that looked. Back in 2008 there was a huge enthusiasm edge for Obama. That has evaporated. There is no great enthusiasm for Romney so what does that leave the voter the old vote and hold your nose. I have no idea how Obama can win but he has beat the odds before.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Couldn’t Obama—He who would lower the seas—pray to Himself for enough people to fill the stadium; couldn’t He pray to Himself for glorious weather and a portentous comet in the heavens? Even George Patton could summon up good weather when really necessary.

    • $8194357

      But it wouldn’t “spread the wealth”
      to the union bus drivers flame…

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Now Drudge…what are you trying to say here…[chuckling]
    http://www.drudgereport.com/

    UPDATE: Dems Drop ‘God’ From Party Platform…

    NO STADIUM… [For Obama's Big Speech]
    ‘LIGHTNING THREAT’

    Hmmmmmmm……[Have a sense of humor people...its funny]

    • two_amber_lamps

      Lol… would that be lightning for denying the existence of God or from all the lies being told? Or maybe it’s from the Rev. Wright GD’ing America?

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        That Obama is still alive proves that God rarely uses lightning. In Obama’s case, expect something less merciful.

        • $8194357

          Saul..Saul..Why dost thou persecute Me Saul?
          Blinded the poor fella it did…
          Jesus takes killing Christians peronal.
          “Why dost thou persecute Me”
          From Heaven Jesus spoke and said His followers were IN HIM…

  • $8194357

    Do ya know that if you hold your fish out at arms length in front of you,
    the camera makes it look huge?
    Do ya know if ya sit behind the rack of a buck at arms length and take a picture
    a 130 something buck will look like he’s 170?
    Old boys know a few tricks of decption to make things that aren’t,
    look like they are too, huh…

  • Thresherman

    The only weather that the Dems were concerned about was “weather” Obama would be seen speaking to a ton of empty seats.

    • $8194357

      10X

  • John Wayne- American

    Who gets to decide which of the 70,000 will not be allowed into the 20,000 arena? How soon did they decided this? what is the chance of thunderstorms?30,40,50% ? I’ve been to a bunch of ball games where you just wait the squall out, then play later. I would love to know, and we will find out years from now, how, when and why this move was made.

    • $8194357

      They needed a smaller” level playing field”?

    • Eat This

      The weather guy on CNN said the weather was not unlike a normal day in Charlotte and the threat for severe weather is not greater than any other day.

    • Spartacus

      in other words the DNC is worried Obama can’t nearly fill a stadium even when they hand out free tickets to 80% of the seats. Maybe they should use the convention as an opportunity to select a more electable candidate, Ron Paul is still available.

  • e4bannan

    What will the excuse be when they can’t fill the smaller venue?

    • $8194357

      Tea party terrorist threat?

      • mickey_moussaoui

        God must belong to the Tea Party

        • two_amber_lamps

          I guess by leftist definition that makes God a misogynist, racist, and homophobe?

          I guess with convoluted thoughts like that it’s no wonder they excluded God from their platform.

          Or perhaps it was a hat-tip to the atheists?

          • $8194357

            Hat tip to islam IMO..
            Both the Judeo/Christian God of the Bible and
            Israel were dissed..

  • $8194357

    Is this a fair and level playing field?
    Not to the 30,000 or so who won’t be able to see Barry Boy Wonder
    now they downsized the happy meal huh?

  • Sandy

    They wanted it moved because in their mind’s eye it is a little farther away from God.

  • Albert Lickenspittle

    The spin and lying never ends Rob. Just watched a real news broadcast, and it make you look silly. Are the weather reporters lying? Spin away spin away. Go talk to an empty chair.

    • Bat One

      The “empty chair” isn’t speaking til tomorrow.

    • mickey_moussaoui

      Mr “EMPTY CHAIR” Ob☭ma’s entire career is increasingly being cartooned. Ya got to admit, this meltdown of Ob☭ma’s image is uproariously funny. And now the commie Dem’s boo GOD at the convention.
      The fake idol Ob☭ma is toast.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    If I were Ob☭ma I would hide from God’s rath too. One well placed lightning bolt would do the job.

    • Spartacus

      A lucky strike, speaking of which has ObamAA+ really quit smoking? Election or cancer, I don’t care how he’s removed from office. It’s for the good of the country.

      • mickey_moussaoui

        Now that the Democrats “boo’d” GOD today at their convention I would have to say that a lightning bolt may be JUST what the false idol Ob☭ma is going to get, only in the form of major public rejection.
        GOD is great or for the benefit of our muslim prez, allahu akbar

  • LastBestHope

    FIRESTORM @ THE DNC
    Democrats Reinsert References to Jerusalem and God

    http://politicalwire.com/archives/2012/09/05/democrats_reinsert_references_to_jerusalem_and_god.html

    (my comments posted on the PW Board)

    • Spartacus

      Saw it at Zips blog. Reeks of desperation, doesn’t it?

    • robert108

      That ‘voice vote” is why the Democrat Party isn’t democratic.

      • $8194357

        Wonder how many communists and islamists booed?
        All of them huh.

    • $8194357

      The islamic contigent were vocally unhappy about it tho..

    • $8194357

      More on the religon of peace the DNC endorces LBH.

      http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/09/thousands-of-minorities-girls-forcibly-converted-to-islam.html

      Quote:

      And Obama’s response to the spike in Islamic torture, supremacism, subjugation and oppression? He removed the Religious Freedom Section from the State Department’s Human Rights reports. He subscribes to the tree in the forest fable — if no one speaks for the enslaved and the dead then …… then they don’t exist and never did.

      “2,000 minorities girls converted to Islam forcibly: report”Daily Times, September 5, 2012 (thanks to David)
      * 2,303 instances of sexual abuse reported from various parts of country

      * Pakistan ranks second in global ranking with highest number of out-of-school children

      By Aliya Mirza

      LAHORE: As many as 2,000 women and girls from various minority sects were forcibly converted to Islam through rape, torture and kidnappings, while 161 people were charged with blasphemy in 2011, according to a report by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC).

      SPARC released the report on Tuesday at a press conference at a hotel.

      End quote

  • Eat This

    Forecast for Charlotte as of 11 AM Eastern on September 6, from Weather.com:

    A few showers early with scattered thunderstorms arriving for the
    afternoon. Humid. High near 85F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of
    rain 40%.

    Anyone know what time he was scheduled to speak?

    I feel somewhat better knowing that our government doesn’t have the power to force news organizations to report chance of tornadoes and a hurricane and then force them to broadcast footage of bad weather. At least we’re not North Korea… yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willis-Forster/100002880371309 Willis Forster

    New campaign theme song, “The thrill is gone”.

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