Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Obama Speech Moving Indoors
As he did in 2008, Barack Obama has planned to give his 2012 DNC Acceptance speech outdoors, in the 74,000 seat Bank of America Stadium. There are now some doubts the speech may take place in this venue.
If this speech gets moved indoors to the 20,000 seat Time Warner Cable Arena, they'll use the weather excuse, considering there is a 40% chance of thunderstorms in the area. But the truth of the matter is that the Obama campaign is not as confident they will fill that stadium. In order to do so, the campaign has been giving out tickets to the event in bars and are attempting to bus in students and members of black churches in bordering states. During this campaign season, filling up arenas has been a challenge, so the Obama campaign is wary not to give the Republicans some fodder to use against the president on the campaign trail.
Only time will tell but if it's outdoors - it could be monsoon conditions or empty chairs; with the empty seater behind the podium...we shall see.
UPDATE, 9/5/12: The Obama speech has been moved indoors. Organizers blame the weather, but there are questions about that. Truth of the matter is that they cannot fill Bank of America Stadium and those turquoise seats will show on the camera! This president knows about downgrading, so this won't be a new experience for him to speak to only 20,000, as opposed to 74,000.