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The Incredible Shrinking Acceptance Speech [....cloudy, with a strong chance of empty seats]
The Weekly Standard ^ | September 5, 2012 | Mark Hemingway

Posted on 09/05/2012 1:00:11 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Charlotte It's been raining every afternoon here during the Democratic convention, but from talking to the locals here, short afternoon showers are pretty common this time of year. One imagines that way back when Democrats booked the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium for Obama's acceptance speech, someone did the due diligence to inquire what the weather might be like in Charlotte this time of year. The possibility of rain must have been considered.

So when the Obama campaign announced today that they were moving the President's acceptance speech from the outdoor stadium to the indoor 20,000 seat Time Warner Cable Arena, there are good reasons to be doubtful that this is happening because the forecast is a 30 percent chance of rain.

"We have decided to move Thursday's proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests," says Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan in a press release. "The energy and enthusiasm for our convention in Charlotte has been overwhelming and we share the dissappointment of over 65,000 people who signed up for community credentials to be there with the president in person."

But if the Democratic energy and enthusiasm is "overwhelming," why did Democrats already cancel a convention kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, which seats a whopping 135,000 people. Again, the official reason for canceling the event at the speedway was to "maximize accessibility, transportation, and proximity of all guests." But it's a safe bet the bad optics of holding an event in a vast stadium that Democrats had little to no chance of filling, must have also weighed heavily on convention organizers's minds.

Another clue that Democrats aren't willing to come out and admit the real reason for downsizing Obama's acceptance speech is that they keep insisting that Bank of America stadium's seating capacity is 65,000 rather than the 74,000 it seats for NFL games. "The way the stadium is constructed, its capacity is 74,000 for football,” said Obama communications director Brent Colburn yesterday. “Our capacity is going to be lower on Thursday night because of staging, place for media, security, so we’re looking at approximately 65,000. We expect 65,000 to show up.”

The trouble with this claim that this is the exact opposite of what happened when Obama accepted the nomination at Invesco Field Denver in 2008. "Invesco’s seating capacity was 76,125 in 2008, according to the Denver Broncos media guide for that year. But when Obama spoke there, DNC organizers estimated that he drew over 84,000. At the time, they were able to actually increase capacity by opening up the field to seating," observes The Washington Examiner's Phil Klein.

This also raises another interesting question: How many tickets did the Obama campaign give out? Several eyebrows were raised when it appeared in the weeks leading up to the convention Democrats were basically trolling through bars and other public places in an attempt to give tickets away. While it's hard to say how many tickets were given away, how many people made travel plans to come to Charlotte for the speech and are now about to be turned away?

Finally, it's already been well documented that 2012 Obama campaign is very sensitive about living up to the crowd sizes of the 2008 campaign. When Obama launched his campaign kick-off event at Ohio State University, he found himself looking out from the lectern and staring out at 4,000 empty seats. Democratic officials tried to shrug it off by pointing to Mitt Romney's relative inability to draw crowds, but Obamaland did not take the failure to fill seats on a large college campus very well.

"But for a campaign struggling to recapture it's fire the empty seats at Obama's announcement added up to a serious downer," writes Politico reporter Glenn Thrush in his e-book, "Obama's Last Stand." Thrush quotes one of the organizers of the OSU event, "It was a stark reminder of how different a year it was going to be."

If the inability to fill seats at the event at Ohio State was a "stark reminder," what must the Obama campaign be thinking about this colossal failure to fill the stadium in Charlotte?


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dnc; obamabiden2012; shrinkage

1 posted on 09/05/2012 1:00:18 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Pray for a perfect day with a beautiful clear sky.


2 posted on 09/05/2012 1:02:23 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Empty Chair, empty seats.


3 posted on 09/05/2012 1:04:32 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Emperor Zero.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama’s fundraising collapsed in August, too. Things haven’t been going so well for the bisexual Kenyan lately.


4 posted on 09/05/2012 1:04:45 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The network news is busting its ass to convince voters that it really is the weather causing Obama to move his speech to a smaller venue, with ABC leading its broadcasts with dire Charlotte weather reports.

So naturally its best to assume that it really is a crowd size issue.

5 posted on 09/05/2012 1:05:01 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Charles Henrickson; Mamzelle

6 posted on 09/05/2012 1:07:24 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
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7 posted on 09/05/2012 1:08:08 PM PDT by moovova (Hope-ium...Time to kick the habit.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wouldn’t be surprised if no one voted for him.

Looks like we’re going to have us a good old fashioned landslide, ladies and gentlemen!


8 posted on 09/05/2012 1:11:28 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: skeeter

If you remember, this is the second venue change. They started out with Charlotte Motor Speedway.

That is from a seating capacity of 135,000 to 70,000 and now somewhere near 20,000. Do the math and that is only 15% of the original site and that is not considering the infield of the speedway.


9 posted on 09/05/2012 1:12:02 PM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: skeeter
The network news is busting its ass to convince voters that it really is the weather causing Obama to move his speech to a smaller venue......

There is a lot of doublespeak, misinformation and the "supposing" of facts at state media websites. Several times I've read that it will disappoint tens of thousands who will be left out due to the smaller venue.

Right.

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"....The Thursday address was scheduled to be at Bank of America stadium — an outdoor venue with more than 70,000 seats. But forecasts are predicting thunderstorms, forcing a last-minute change in venue.

Campaign officials have been saying all week that the event would go forward "rain or shine" — but reversed themselves Wednesday.

The move has an upside for the campaign, which has reportedly struggled to fill all the seats in the massive outdoor arena. Still, the arena only has a capacity of just over 20,000 — meaning that tens of thousands of potential supporters will be denied the opportunity to see Obama speak.

In a statement, the DNC organizing committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said: "The energy and enthusiasm for our convention in Charlotte has been overwhelming and we share the disappointment of over 65,000 people who signed up for community credentials to be there with the president in person. We encourage our community credential holders and Americans across the country to continue to come together with their friends and neighbors to watch and participate in history. The president will speak to these credential holders on a national conference call tomorrow afternoon, and we will work with the campaign to ensure that those unable to attend tomorrow's event will be invited to see the president between now and election day."......Source

10 posted on 09/05/2012 1:14:58 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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"The event had to be moved indoors! The current weather here is pouring rain with lound thunder and dangerous lightning! I triple guarantee it!"


11 posted on 09/05/2012 1:15:30 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
On the Invesco Stadium speech, weather.com's forecast for August 28 is "mostly sunny," with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. I'm told that the TV networks have been told that no umbrellas will be allowed into the stadium (just as umbrellas were confiscated in the 2004 Republican and Democratic National Conventions) and that if there's a thunderstorm the proceedings will be put on hold until the rain stops. A little nerve-wracking....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2927016/posts

12 posted on 09/05/2012 1:17:11 PM PDT by tapatio (In memory of my Dad 5-27-26 2-4-2010)
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To: jimbo123
70 Percent of Obama’s Twitter Followers Could Be Fake
13 posted on 09/05/2012 1:19:33 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: COBOL2Java; moovova

:)

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14 posted on 09/05/2012 1:20:55 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

10,000 no-shows in a paltry 20,000-seat indoor arena would be priceless.


15 posted on 09/05/2012 1:23:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
We can always count on Bahgdad Bob to tell us the truth.
16 posted on 09/05/2012 1:23:39 PM PDT by conservativeammom (Granny to Benjamin.....Born 4-21-05)
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17 posted on 09/05/2012 1:24:15 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We can always count on Bahgdad Bob to tell us the truth.


18 posted on 09/05/2012 1:24:49 PM PDT by conservativeammom (Granny to Benjamin.....Born 4-21-05)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m just grateful the Dem Congress did not spend our money building a dome over Black Panthers Stadium for this event.


19 posted on 09/05/2012 1:24:59 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Charlotte was in the path of Hurricane Barrack.


20 posted on 09/05/2012 1:25:09 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So, with a forecast of 20% chance of rain, the DNC moves the acceptance speech indoors to a much smaller venue.

Simply put, they could not get the numbers...even by bussing them in from as far away as Chicago...to fill that stadium. Oh, and they want us to believe that there just aren’t enough hotel rooms to accomodate it...but, but, that same stadium gets sold out up to ten times a year with people from other areas crowiing in (depending on the opposing team) to go against the Panthers.

Sorry...not buying all this hooie. They simply cannot fill it for their nominee...and given his record, that is understandable. Their Happy meal is short the fries, the drink, and the meat on the sandwich. Just two pieces of stale bread with some cheap condoments inside is all they have left.

THE DISASTEROUS FIRSTS OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama1sts.htm


21 posted on 09/05/2012 1:28:41 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Its really funny to hear them spin. Like the kid who blurts out to his mother that if she happens to find the kitchen window broken it wasn’t him that did it.


22 posted on 09/05/2012 1:29:42 PM PDT by skeeter
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23 posted on 09/05/2012 1:30:41 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Emperor Emptychair.)
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To: Jeff Head

Busing people in is a pretty expensive thing. Think about the cost of transportation, then lodging, and food. Plus the overhead cost to organize such a thing, and the cost could easily run up to $100 per person brought in. Imagine having to do bring in 25-35K, that’s going to cost the campaign $2.5-$3.5 million. I don’t think they can afford to throw away that much money.


24 posted on 09/05/2012 1:47:34 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: Jeff Head

The thing I love is that they’re already spinning this whole convention disaster as “well, Charlotte doesn’t have enough hotel rooms and it’s too small a city to hold something like this in.” Well, yeah, this isn’t New York City by a long shot. But it IS the 17th largest city, and 33rd largest metropolitan area, in the United States. This is not some podunk backwater.

Furthermore, it’s a metropolitan area that hosts two massive NASCAR events a year. In May there’s the Sprint All-Star Race the weekend before Memorial Day and the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, and in October there is the Bank of America 500. Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord (about 14 miles northeast of Uptown Charlotte) seats about 135,000 people, and they almost fill it up for those races. Not everybody in those seats is a local. This entire metro area is used to handling big events and big crowds.

You nailed it. This isn’t about Charlotte and it isn’t about the weather (although it has been storming here the past four afternoons before today...which is perfectly ordinary late-summer weather in the Carolinas). It’s about Obama and the fact that they can’t even get the family dog to play with him if they tied a pork chop around his neck.

BTW, I live in Kannapolis, which is about 25 miles northeast of the DNC. And quite thoroughly red, thank you very much. (Also, mercifully, it’s upwind from the Occupy camp, or else some of the reek might even make it all the way out here.)

}:-)4


25 posted on 09/05/2012 2:00:25 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Jeff Head

I just checked weather.com and they show Thursday with a 40% chance of scattered storms.

Current radar is showing a nice long line of storm squalls from SW KY to the NE as far as Cinncinati. It’s moving pretty good towards the S and SE and should increase in strength as it picks up more warm air.

But that won’t happen for the next few hours through midnight and the air temps will cool and the storm should break up.

Unless it stalls, it looks like it should be hit and miss and isolated if it even makes it down to the Charlotte area.

So, yes, weather concerns are a flimsy excuse. Local weather news says it’s weakening in our area of middle TN as of 5:30 pm cst.


26 posted on 09/05/2012 3:29:51 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: Moose4

Too small a city, not enough hotel rooms? LMAO. Then why did they choose Charlotte in the first place? Union presidents want to know.


27 posted on 09/05/2012 3:39:11 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"It was a stark reminder of how different a year it was going to be."

If the inability to fill seats at the event at Ohio State was a "stark reminder," what must the Obama campaign be thinking about this colossal failure to fill the stadium in Charlotte?

They don't think (not because they are dims).....

..but because their heads have exploded.

A Cognitive Dissonance event for those in Rio Linda.

28 posted on 09/06/2012 3:05:42 AM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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Day 3, ABC still adding comments into their convention reporting about how packed the arena will be tonight. Reporting live from the firemarshall’s office, apparently.


29 posted on 09/06/2012 9:05:48 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Network brass aren’t happy either, having wasted untold man hours and big bundles of money for set-up at Bank of America stadium. Journalists don’t care, I’m sure, but their bosses do.


30 posted on 09/06/2012 10:09:22 AM PDT by chiller (GO TEA, especially in the Senate and WE will fix this mess.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You have to think some of the folks drinking in a bar are unemployed. I’d say it’s dangerous to walk into a bar and ask them to come to an obama speech.


31 posted on 09/06/2012 11:16:01 AM PDT by Terry Mross (2016 THE MOVIE....scarier than any zombie movie.)
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