Obama’s Stadium Speech Rained Out

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Citing safety concerns, Democratic organizers announced Wednesday morning that President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte will be moved indoors from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena. The venue change,  prompted by forecasts of thunderstorms, leaves some 40,000 Democrats who had planned to attend Obama’s Thursday address at the larger outdoor forum, without tickets to their party’s big night. There’ll be some yet-to-be determined consolation prize for those who are missing out, but the loss of the big stage is a let down for Democrats who fondly remember Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech in front of tens of thousands of people at Denver’s Invesco Field.  The indoor arena, which seats 21,000, isn’t what Democrats had planned for. But there’s no doubt it’ll be filled to capacity, rain or not. And everybody likes a packed house.

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Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

Any day now ol' Pat Robertson is gonna bail on the TV and explain how God really thought it was the DEMOCRATIC convention he was throwing Isaac at and how his schedule was off and how Gabriel lost his Blackberry and it's all okay now because those heathen Marxists are gonna get the low pressure system they had coming to them and sorry about all that wind, Tampa.

Pollopa
Pollopa

Republicans, this proves there is no enthusiasm for Obama!  I'm not enthused about Romney either. May as well just stay at home this election the dems aren't going to show. 

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

Barack Obama could not fill te 75,000 person stadium. Even bussing people in from all over the country they still can't fill the stadium.

Not a good sign for the king.

NavyMom21
NavyMom21

Some of my family members are part of the 15,000 on the WAIT LIST to get into the stadium seating because it was full.   They didn't expect to get in, but now there are thousands more who are disappointed due to circumstances beyond their control.   As a Veteran, you should be ashamed of the comments you have made on this site against your Commander in Chief,  and you'd better HOPE the president is re-elected!   Do you really think the Romney/Ryan machine cares about you?  You are sadly mistaken, sir, and are being deceived.

filmnoia
filmnoia

NavyMom -

Anyone here can classify themselves anyway they want. This guy may not be a vet at all, and even if he was, it doesn't inoculate him from being a fool. It's a common tactic among the right wing to come on these sites and pass themselves off as something they're not. I'd pay him no mind.

kiwiage
kiwiage

uhhhhhh, yeah, lets use the weather as the reason we won't be able to fill the stadium!! That's brilliant! No one will argue against safety now will they? What, with a 20% chance of rain (% of lightning???) it's normal to cancel any outdoor activities. That's what the NFL and little leagues would do......right? 

Edward Keithly
Edward Keithly

Looks like the prospect of talking to 20000 empty seats spooked President Empty Chair.  

kiefo
kiefo

Anyone who thinks that Obama will not be speaking at the Obama New Black Panther Party Stadium because of "rain" is a fool.  Obama will not be speaking at the Obama New Black Panther Party Stadium because tens of thousands of seats would have been unoccupied.  Evidently, the Democrats couldn't get their voting base of convicted felons, members of the Washington/New York/American press corps, illegals, dead people, dogs, cats, paramecia, Batman, Robin, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Beavis, Butthead, et al., to show up. 

MrObvious
MrObvious

You need a keyboard intervention before you hurt yourself.

filmnoia
filmnoia

You can bring the white sheets and LL2012 can bring the cross and the gasoline.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

All these Libtard calls of racism only shows how much of a panic liberals are in. Barack is losing and the only way they think they can help him is by lying about racism.

Libtards it's not going to work.

Diecash1
Diecash1

 Give it up, gramps.  You're senile and you haven't a clue what the majority of Americans want.  You've devolved into an even more pathetic version of yourself with your "libtard" commentary.  I can't say I'm surprised as you've always been pathetic.

Remember to retire abroad with Chuck Norris and the rest of the wing nutter idiots when Obama is re-elected in November.  I look forward to the moaning and wailing from the right.

pollardty
pollardty

Has anyone noticed the increased racial comments coming from our right wing friends? I think this is what heads exploding looks like.

Diecash1
Diecash1

 Try providing some examples of those comments, gramps, if you can.  There are hundreds of such hateful comments from right wingers here in the Swamp.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

pollard,

I actually noticed a lot more racis comments comming from swamp-liberals not conservatives.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

The sad (and frightening) thing is that it's probably only going to get worse the closer we get to the election. Desperation isn't pretty.

sacredh
sacredh

I do enjoy watching them have a sad.

filmnoia
filmnoia

The racism has been manifestly evident on other MSM sites like Politico and The Hill since the day Barack was sworn in. It will become more pronounced now as we get closer to election day, as the Reich Wing realizes that voter suppression won't have the desired effect, so they will fall into panic mode, as will Willard's campaign.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

With not a cloud in the sky, headline, "Obama's Stadium Speech Rained Out"

WHAT A JOKE!!!

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pollardty
pollardty

Democrats trust science and weather forecasts.

Kevin Groenhagen
Kevin Groenhagen

It's obvious that the Democrats did not have enough people to fill the stadium since enthusiasm is WAAAAAY down from 2008. This is a bogus excuse to save them from having cameras show empty seats in the stadium.

filmnoia
filmnoia

Oh, it's obvious is it? Have you been channeling your hero Tim McVeigh, the fertilizer salesman,  again? The Obama team leaves nothing to chance. If they wanted to they could have easily filled that stadium, with thousands to spare. I don't think you squareheads know what you're up against.LOL!!!

jsfox
jsfox

Never organized an event for 100K  have you?

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Actually yes, the 1 million people who showed up at Glen Beck's Restoring Honor Rally on 8/28/10

It was awesome to see so many people show up.  

La_Randy
La_Randy

I guess we know who you organize for and support now.

No surprise given your commentary here.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Wow, you organized all of that?

jsfox
jsfox

So you organized Beck's event? And how many showed up? The best estimate I could find puts the number at around 80K and even Beck wasn't so delusional to spout a million number. 

Are you trying to give lyin' Ryan a run for his money?

jsfox
jsfox

The one million people that should up at Glen Beck's Restre Honor Rally!? Good grief you can't even count

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

I'm wondering if he's organized an event for ten.

cent_fan
cent_fan

Do stuffed bears count... with or without tea?

filmnoia
filmnoia

I think this is a blessing in disguise. The only detriment is that the outdoor event was going to be used as a vehicle to enlist tens of thousands  of campaign volunteeers. As it is, being indoors won't give the GOP the chance to refer to Obama as the Messiah in front of 70,ooo, plus the enclosed arena will have  a deafening impact - far greater than an open air stadium. Also, we'll have the balloon drop:-)

chupkar
chupkar

Oh it doesn't matter where they do it the GOP will refer to Obama as a lot of things.

cent_fan
cent_fan

Paul Ryan is the designated Messiah this year.  He applied early and often but avoided the high body count in the primaries.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

This'll leave Dirty Harry with a whole lotta empty seats in which to chat.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

Everybody's parade is getting rained on. The stadium speech seemed like a dumb idea, anyway.