Monday, July 07, 2008

It's Official: Obama Will Give Convention Speech At Stadium

From The HuffingtonPost:

Rachel Weiner
The Huffington Post
It's Official: Obama Will Give Convention Speech At Stadium
July 7, 2008 09:15 AM

Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at Denver's Invesco field -- which can hold over 75,000.

"The Democratic Party is nominating a true change candidate this August, and it is only fitting that we make some big changes in how we put on the Convention," DNC Chairman Howard Dean says. "By bringing the last night of the Convention out to the people, we will be able to showcase Barack Obama's positive, people-centered vision for our country in a big way."

"Barack Obama's campaign for change has inspired millions of Americans and brought people into the political process who might never have been involved," said Convention Co-Chair Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. "This change in the Convention program will allow thousands of first-time participants a chance to take part. I can't think of a better Convention finale for our nominee who has made reaching out to voters a hallmark of his campaign."

"Senator Obama and the DNCC have truly brought the community into the Convention," said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. "This decision will enable thousands of residents from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain West and across the nation to witness history first hand. What a way to fire up our grassroots activists as we head into the fall campaign."

Rumors of the switch surfaced on Thursday.

The move from the Pepsi Center convention hall means "accepting the party's designation, historic as it may be, will not be the central focus of his remarks," The Nation says. "Rather, Obama will be putting the convention -- and the Democratic party -- behind him as he launches . . . outreach to Americans who don't usually vote and Americans who don't usually vote Democratic."

I love the sheer nerve of this move. The visual of it, IF he pulls it off, will be breathtaking. I'm not mad at the Obama Campaign for thinking big.

Just a reminder. The day that Obama accepts the nomination is the anniversary of Dr. King's ' I Have A Dream' Speech.


Truthiz said...

“I'm not mad at the Obama Campaign for thinking big.”

Neither am I..especially when, as you’ve pointed out, one considers the “visual of it, IF he pulls it off.”

Add to that_Obama accepting the nomination on the anniversary of Dr King’s “I Have a Dream Speech”...WHEW!

I’ve never been an “Obama walks on water” kind of supporter. The man is a politician_ a pretty savvy one_ perhaps a little too “clinical and cynical” for my taste, quite frankly. But there’s no denying it, "IF he pulls it off" $$$ can’t buy the kind of absolute “soul-stirring” emotional energy that that entire historic event will generate here at home and around the world!

I’m bettin it’ll have McCain and the Republicans going a bit crazy…and I’m also bettin that Obama and his campaign staffers are bettin that it will too_lol.

Btw: I caught a bit of John McBush’s speech on the “economy” this afternoon, and words can NOT express my take on it…so I’ll simply say, the Republican Party can start to panic…..NOW!

Brian said...

Ambitious but a little risky.

But I also like the idea that the Obama campaign is thinking big.

I hope #1. They can fill the stadium. #2. That the weather cooperates. and #3. There is no Republican foolishness. (protesters to sabotage the event).

But the visual if he can pull this off....