Breaking: Obama speech moved indoors due to … weather; Update: Obama tried downplaying attendance expectations

posted at 10:31 am on September 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s official now — Barack Obama’s acceptance speech tomorrow night won’t take place in The Stadium Whose Real Name Shall Not Be Mentioned.  Instead of the 73,000-seat venue, the DNC has opted to move Obama back indoors, where they only need to fill 20,000 seats.  The campaign blames incoming weather, but CBS sounds a little skeptical:

 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.

National Journal also notes the political benefits of using a much smaller venue for Obama:

  • “We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore 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,” said Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan.
  • Moving Obama to the much smaller Time Warner Arena, which holds about 22,000, could be seen as something of a political letdown after Obama accepted his party’s nomination in 2008 at Denver’s Invesco Field. But organizers also feared the possiblity of televised images of Obama speaking to a half-empty stadium.

So does The Hill:

The Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Democratic National Convention has been taking place all this week, is a much smaller venue.

It holds less than half the amount of people the stadium does — 22,000 to the stadium’s 73,000 — and Obama will address those with stadium credentials in a conference call Thursday, the committee said.

But the move will also raise questions as there has been speculation Democrats would be unable to fill all the stadium seats. Party officials had arranged for bus loads of supporters to be brought in for the occasion.

Not for nothing, but the weather forecast for tomorrow night at Weather.com looks rather … normal for Charlotte.  While it’s true that the weather service predicts thunderstorms tomorrow, they also predict that those will have passed by 10 pm ET tomorrow, before Obama would have taken the stage.  By 4 pm ET, the prediction for “scattered thunderstorms” drops to “isolated thunderstorms,” and the precipitation chance drops from 40% to 30%.

It looks more like the attendance forecast was partly gloomy, with a large chance of Eastwooding at Bank of America Stadium.

Update: Brad Panovich, an anchor at local TV station WCNC, asks a pretty good question:

I’d guess the answer would be no.  Then again, I’ve never heard that the Carolina Panthers have trouble filling the stadium, either.

Update II: It was the weather, eh?  Earlier this morning, the local NBC affiliate reported that Obama himself downplayed attendance expectations:

In an exclusive one on one interview with NBC12, President Obama himself was hesitant to guarantee a packed house.

“Well we got to check the weather,” he said.  “But hopefully, we will have good weather and I’m looking forward to what is going to be a terrific event.”

The president then quickly changed the conversation to the message he hoped to send in his speech, regardless of how many people would be watching.

“My main goal is not to worry about the logistics of the convention,” Obama said. “My main goal is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward.”

If the weather turns out to be nice and calm tonight, will the press take a few pictures of the empty stadium?

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Well at least with the arena they can bus in enough people in from out of state to make it look full.

jake49 on September 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Empty stage.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Obama/Biden 2012: A Butt in Every Chair

exhelodrvr on September 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

It came to me in a vision last night. The grand finale of the Dem Convention.
Stage set ala Hieronymus Bosch or perhaps Dante.
All scenes take place simultaneously stage left.
Two men copulate as they are married by a transvestite nun in bondage attire.
A failed partial birth abortion is performed by Pelosi who finishes the deed as she crosses herself. Raucous cheering by the orgiastic audience who slowly begins the chant of O- ba- ma O- ba- ma. A priest has a gun held to his head and is symbolically made to empty his pockets for payment to High Priestess Pelosi.
A known corporate leader is hanged on stage by two union members in purple shirts. The crowd roars its approval.
O-ba-ma O-ba-ma O-ba-ma!
The One enters the scene and the crowd goes wild!
He smiles approvingly at the body of the hanged corporate leader which swings subtly side to side. He reaches into the man’s back pocket, extracting his wallet that is bulging with Monopoly money. He takes the money out and holds it high- the crowd roars! He walks to front stage and flings the money out into the crowd- some in the audience madly dash toward the floating bills to grab a piece of Obama’s stash. Several are crushed in the rush- the crowd roars in delight.

The lights dim. Obama walks the stage proudly, surveying his scene, head raised in his classic Mussolini pose. He stops, turns to the now silent crowd and raises his hands. The crowd roars in adulation!

justltl on September 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

It holds less than half the amount of people the stadium does — 22,000 to the stadium’s 73,000 —

Gosh, even fourth graders know intuitively that 22 is less than 1/3 of 73. Such polishing of the liberal’s golden calves.

Another thought as to why they had to move it indoors–those SEIU buses probably had too many …er…empty seats (Is that racist now, to say empty seats?)

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Lol

Those poor college students being bussed in for nothing

Heg

Or will there be any buses?

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Would it be possible to get Fox News to send a reporter from local affiliate to Eastwood’s house to take a few shots of Clint watching Obama while having a beer and talking to an empty chair?

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

On the bright side, had they actually managed to have 73K ready to attend, they’d have 51K that wouldn’t get in !!!
Good for them, there won’t be NEARLY that many disappointed sheep. LOL.

Do wonder how they will handle that ‘overflow crowd’…. If there actually ARE more than 22K tix sold/given out free.

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Question. What happens to people who had tickets to the original venue for whom there are no longer enough seats in the new location?

Doughboy on September 5, 2012 at 10:34 AM

ummmmmm, that’s the point, they probably don’t have enough for the 20,000 seat stadium.

right2bright on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Watch this 30 second Obama ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2IWaetjNqA&feature=plcp

I promise you will laugh like a crazy person. Enjoy!

thebrokenrattle on September 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

That makes this Obama ad hilarious. Watch it before they take it down.

thebrokenrattle on September 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I already posted that for you – but your sentiments are correct – someone ought to copy that before it disappears

Chip on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

The more these arsewipes lie to themselves, the better. The more the baseless base of DNC America remains shuttered from the unpopular reality, the better.

Western_Civ on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

justltl on September 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

You must have seen Michael Moore’s new movie already?

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Or will there be any buses?

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Not for the return trip.

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Of course now they get to claim they had to turn people away, even from the stadium venue because demand was so high.

Anyone wanna bet we hear that spin before it’s all over?

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Waffle House: “We are ready if the rain gets worse”

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

You’d think The Chosen One would welcome lightning and thunder while He spoke. He could then claim “I did that!”.

The sad part is, everyone there would believe him.

GarandFan on September 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Oh man, what beautifully played trap!

Now some Smart Aleck can photo-shop Clint talking to a stadium of empty chairs.

Eastwooding, indeed!

Bruno Strozek on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

How many jobs were lost as a result of this decision?

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hey liam, They’ll have a digital crowd on hand to fill in.

bigmike on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

@LegInsurrection

#EmptyStadiumDay official hashtag of Obama acceptance speech

Flora Duh on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This is pretty much the way Obama has run his Presidency….

I can’t wait to see the video of Obamabots crying that the stadium event has been
canceled, kicking their dreams of Obama’s ascendency to the curb.

redguy on September 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I would love to see the RNC start to use the empty chair as Obama’s official portrait. They could show it on a golf fairway, with a club leaned up against it with a tweed hat, for example. They could use it as the video portion when they want to play a sound byte from his speeches or remarks. They need to make the image of an empty chair a viral phenomenon. Use it everywhere that they may have been tempted to use his image.

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Now some Smart Aleck can photo-shop Clint talking to a stadium of empty chairs.

Eastwooding, indeed!

Bruno Strozek on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Maybe people could do voiceovers on the Dem stadium ad above.

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Talk about lowered expectations.

In 2008, Obama was going to make the tides recede and to heal the planet.

And now, in 2012, he can’t even control the weather for one night in one metropolitan area?

Swing voters around the country are sitting on toilets having just decoded Obama’s secret message with their decoder rings, and the message says, “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.”

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Or will there be any buses?

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I heard former Mayor Ray Nagin is in charge of the buses.

Timothy S. Carlson on September 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

On the bright side, had they actually managed to have 73K ready to attend, they’d have 51K that wouldn’t get in !!!
Good for them, there won’t be NEARLY that many disappointed sheep. LOL.

Do wonder how they will handle that ‘overflow crowd’…. If there actually ARE more than 22K tix sold/given out free.

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 10:55 AM

pambi, you might be onto something here. The MSM will show the “overflow crowds” and show the super duper awesome supportes showing up even when they couldn’t get a seat to show their undying love and affections to teh one. They will sell this as a positive, you watch.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Joe Trippe said on FoxNews that Ohio is out of reach for Romney, and yesterday the Election Board in VA put Virgil Goode (Constitutional Party )and Gary Johnson on the ballot there will really hurt Romney’s chance of winning in VA as well.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I’d guess the answer would be no. Then again, I’ve never heard that the Carolina Panthers have trouble filling the stadium, either.

ZING!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Alamo on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Waffle House: “We are ready if the rain gets worse”

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

That’s what the Time Warner Cable Arena is called this week.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Brit Hume: Convention speakers recounting their desperately humble beginnings bring to mind a famous Monty Python skit. Hilarious. http://t.co/lklnC2IM

andy85719 on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Oh man, what beautifully played trap!

Now some Smart Aleck can photo-shop Clint talking to a stadium of empty chairs.

Eastwooding, indeed!

Bruno Strozek on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The RNC should rent the stadium at the same time as Obama’s speech and
have a free concert of patriotic songs with Eastwood as MC!!!!

redguy on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This is all Bush’s fault.

COgirl on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

ButterflyDragon on September 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I type slow, dang it you beat me to it.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I guess Lee Saunders will have to fold up all those extra empty chairs.

“Dirty Harry, make my day!” [kick]
“Dirty Harry, make my day!” [kick]
“Dirty Harry, make my day!” [kick]

(Repeat 40,000 times.)

DarthBrooks on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

The Obama campaign had planned to bus in thousands to fill the outdoor stadium, recreating the 2008 atmosphere (Greek Pillars), that gave viewers the image of massive support. The “report” that the stadium couldn’t be filled to capacity, (which would make for a poor image), might have been “a blessing” in disguise for the Democrats, reminding them that God does work in mysterious ways. But don’t tell that to those who wrote the platform.

Rovin on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Watch this 30 second Obama ad:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2IWaetjNqA&feature=plcp

I promise you will laugh like a crazy person. Enjoy!

thebrokenrattle on September 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

That makes this Obama ad hilarious. Watch it before they take it down.

thebrokenrattle on September 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I already posted that for you – but your sentiments are correct – someone ought to copy that before it disappears

Chip on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Great bit at 00:00:15:

You could be there on Thursday, September 6th

Of course, the President will be somewhere else.

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

So, Justin Bieber holds a concert in BofA stadium in the summertime, there is always going to be a 20% chance of storms. Doesn’t stop him or his fans.

So, Barack Obama and the Dems aren’t quite as tough as a bunch of 14 year-old girls.

I’m not surprised…

JohnGalt23 on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Here’s an agenda for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Schedule — Charlotte, N.C. (sent to me by a friend)

4:00 PM – Opening Flag Burning Ceremony – sponsored by CNN
4:05 PM – Singing of “God Damn America” – led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright
4:10 PM – Pledge of Allegiance to Obama – elementary school
4:15 PM – Ceremonial ‘I hate America’ – led by Michelle Obama
4:30 PM – Tips on “How to keep your man trustworthy & true to you while you
travel the world” – Hillary Clinton
4:45 PM – Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar – “How to have a successful
career without having a job.”

5:00 PM – “Great Vacations I’ve Taken on the Taxpayer’s Dime” Travel Log -
Michelle Obama
5:30 PM – Eliot Spitzer Speaks on “Family Values” via Satellite
5:45 PM – Tribute to All 57 States – Nancy Pelosi

6:00 PM – Sen. Harry Reid – 90-minute speech expressing the Democrats’
appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and George Soros for
sparing no expense, for all that they have accomplished to unify the
country, improve employment and to boost the economy.

8:30 PM – Airing of Grievances – by the Clintons
9:00 PM – “Bias in Media – How we can make it work for you” Tutorial -
sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the New York Times

9:15 PM – Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO -
Michael Moore

9:30 PM – Anthony Weiner entertains audience with his personal slide
presentation

9:45 PM – Personal Finance Seminar – Charlie Rangle
10:00 PM – Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible readers

10:30 PM – Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ , & Afghanistan
11:00 PM – Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You too
can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies
11:15 PM – Free Gov. Blagoiovich rally

11:30 PM – Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony and Latin Grammy Awards
11:45 PM – Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish – Obama
presiding
12:00 AM – Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris ‘He sends a
thrill up my leg’ Matthews

12:01 AM – Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior by waving his
fake birth certificate
12:05 AM – Celestial Choirs Sing
3:00 AM – Joe Biden wakes up and delivers acceptance speech to an empty room -

(The convention was over at 12:30 AM).

Christian Conservative on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

the Election Board in VA put Virgil Goode (Constitutional Party )and Gary Johnson on the ballot there will really hurt Romney’s chance of winning in VA as well.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Dream on you America-hating moron.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

Which is why Mr. Obama is afraid of the rain. It’s a very revealing force.

Marcus Traianus on September 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I already posted that for you – but your sentiments are correct – someone ought to copy that before it disappears

Chip on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Thanks, I just want people to see it and enjoy the sweet, sweet schadenfreude.

thebrokenrattle on September 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Changed due to “weather”, eh?

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

The forecast calls for – incomplete

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 5, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The weather.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

PattyJ on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Flora Duh on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Should be good for some chuckles on Twitter. :)

22044 on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

They have to move it to the much smaller venue indoors because of a 20% chance of rain? LOL.

You’d think with all the lying Dims do, they’d be much better at it.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Wouldn’t it be funny if it didn’t rain and they couldn’t fill the new arena, either?
Liam on September 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM

They’ll just blame the last minute venue change.

tdarrington on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Oh, and how could I forget? Are there any good photo shoppers out there? I would love see PBHO’s big zero logo displayed with an empty chair in the center!

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Are we allowed to call it “Time Warner Cable” Arena? I thought corporate names were verboten this week.

JohnTant on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Why doesn’t Obama command the weather to clear?

fogw on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

So, Justin Bieber holds a concert in BofA stadium in the summertime, there is always going to be a 20% chance of storms. Doesn’t stop him or his fans.

JohnGalt23 on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

That’s because many of us would be happy with a lightning strike with that particular crowd. ;0

Seriously, nobody is buying that this has anything to do with the weather.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

North Carolinian Republicans should line Obama’s route to the Time Warner Cable arena on Thursday night holding up Chick-Fil-A bags.

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

If the stadium will be empty, might it be available for the taping of a Romney/Ryan campaign ad?

Perhaps featuring Clint Eastwood?

Talking to an “empty stadium?”

And I’m not kidding. Get there, do it, and do it now.

IndieDogg on September 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

LOL…just heard that volunteers who donated at least 27 hours total time to helping the campaign would have received tickets to attend the stadium speech. Now they get nothing. Awwwww.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

How many jobs were lost as a result of this decision?

faraway on September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Y’know, that really is a legitimate point.
Charlotte will NOT remember this fiasco kindly.
Or, at least they shouldn’t.

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Christian Conservative on September 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Well done! Hate week is in full swing!

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I distinctly remember Obama being able to part the waters:

maubman on September 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Bank of America = too big to fail

Bank of America Stadium = too big to fill

Flora Duh on September 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

They need to hold up empty chairs!

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Lizzy Warren couldn’t just do a rain dance in reverse?

antipc on September 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Are we allowed to call it “Time Warner Cable” Arena? I thought corporate names were verboten this week.

JohnTant on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Depends on whether or not you believe in the free market. Time Warner Cable and BofA paid good money for naming rights. Dems insist on calling their venues the Charlotte Convention Center and Panther Stadium. Which pretty much tells you what the Godless, Child-killing, commies of the party think about the free market. As if the “you didn’t build that” comment tell us all we need to know.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Bank of America = too big to fail

Bank of America Stadium = too big to fill

Flora Duh on September 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Oh! That’s good!

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Partly cloudy, with a chance of……

meatballs?
Eastwooding?
losing!
forward? huh?
gibberish
Greek columns
lemmings
other peoples money

tomg51 on September 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

OT: Breaking News – Magnitude 7.9 Quake Strikes Costa Rica, Pacific Tsunami Warning Issued

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Question: Which would have had more empty seats?

A movie theatre playing ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ or Obama speech at BoFA this Thursday?

sentinelrules on September 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hey! Lighten up on the godless thing. Many of us are proud Americans who desperately want R&R to win.

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Maybe they’re afraid of a televised major meltdown of all the Dem witches.

antipc on September 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Why doesn’t Obama command the weather to clear?

fogw on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Maybe he’s afraid it would respond in the same way that the seas did when he told them to stop rising, or the same way the unemployment rate did when he threw a trillion tax dollars at it and told it to stop rising.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Actually, the DNC could be telling the truth. Given that the party has deleted any mention of God from its platform, they may be secretly worried about a well-placed incoming lightning strike.

Too bad — I was hoping that all those anarchists and OWS types would volunteer to fill the empty seats and be on their customary good behavior — now that would be an Obama event worth watching.

Scriptor on September 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Seriously, nobody is buying that this has anything to do with the weather.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

That shouldn’t stop Team Liar from paying the price in terms of mockery for such a limp-d!ck excuse.

They asked for it. It would be rude not to oblige them…

JohnGalt23 on September 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

40% chance of rain on Thursday, so we’ll move to a venue which is less than 1/3 the size of the original venue. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Fmr. Speaker Nacy Pelosi, otherwise known as “Wicked Witch of the West”, has requested the venue be changed, obviously for fear of rain. And the flying monkeys have complied obediently…

Archivarix on September 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I know Ed provided the forecast, but here’s the weather.com link for the 18 hours running up to the speech:

http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/Charlotte+NC+USNC0121:1:US?pagenum=3&nextbeginIndex=24

If I am in the right wing blogosphere, I’m outside the NEW venue with video cams examining size of the crowds outside. Also, here’s the deal: when I was at UCLA, they used to televise the sellout roundball games that sold out at Pauley at another venue with a video feed.

What’s the over/under on that happening here?

God help them if they pull another Schottmeister fiasco like they did at Oiho State.

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Lightening?

After smearing God and taking Him out of their platform, in favor of their deviant sex and abortion celebration agenda, I’d move away from those lightening bolts too.

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM

That arena they were in last held 22,000. It looked like the top was empty. Does anybody know the size of the crowd last night?

DanMan on September 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

They need to hold up empty chairs!

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

You’re right. I was influenced by one of the HotAir ads.

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Obama’s appeal has become more selective.

RSbrewer on September 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Fmr. Speaker Nacy Pelosi, otherwise known as “Wicked Witch of the West”, has requested the venue be changed, obviously for fear of rain. And the flying monkeys have complied obediently…

Archivarix on September 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Is Pelosi even going to be there? She told everyone else to stay home.

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Bank of America = too big to fail

Bank of America Stadium = too big to fill

Flora Duh on September 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Oh! That’s good!

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM

..no, it’s bloody marvelous!

Way to go, Flo!

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Joe Trippe said on FoxNews that Ohio is out of reach for Romney, and yesterday the Election Board in VA put Virgil Goode (Constitutional Party )and Gary Johnson on the ballot there will really hurt Romney’s chance of winning in VA as well.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

That’s interesting. Ohio is virtually tied at RCP and the latest poll has Romney by 3. As for Virginia it is also tied according to Rass and less than one point by RCP. Trippe is an idiot and one of the least competent liberal talking heads. This election will be over after the debates and ad bombardment and Romney solidifies a five point average lead overall.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

“My main goal is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward.”

If Obama truly means it, he would endorse the Republicans.

Liam on September 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Obama/Biden 2012: A ButtAn Aborted Baby in Every Chair

exhelodrvr on September 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

FIFY

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Hey! Lighten up on the godless thing. Many of us are proud Americans who desperately want R&R to win.

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Dems decided to edit out God from their platform. I guess they couldn’t stand the competition from their demands that we all worship the state. I have no intention of letting that pass without due scorn. I don’t see how the Dems can call themselves supportive of American ideals when they have killed God.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:15 AM

If the weather turns out to be nice and calm tonight, will the press take a few pictures of the empty stadium?

$50 bucks to a stadium maintenance guy if he puts an empty chair in the middle of the field and snaps a picture of the empty chair in front of its adoring empty chair fans.

JadeNYU on September 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

If the weather turns out to be nice and calm tonight

Barry’s speech is tomorrow night, no? Billy Jeff speaks tonight.

rcpjr on September 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I predicted this earlier, now Obama frees up some supposed 40,000 to watch on TV else his ratings for the grand cornoation will rival only MSLSD, I predicted with all the candidates avoiding Charolotte like the plague that they would move the final liefest to the back pool room of a gay bar in Charoltte and report the room as being packed!

Barney and company will be happy and Sandra Fluck is not picky.

ConcealedKerry on September 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Oh, please, only Opompous’s massively over-sized ego could believe he would fill up BofA stadium. Hope it’s sunny all day in Charlotte tomorrow and a clear evening until the Dooms are all leaving TWC Arena and then the Charlotte skies open up with a deluge.

stukinIL4now on September 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

They have to move it to the much smaller venue indoors because of a 20% chance of rain? LOL.

You’d think with all the lying Dims do, they’d be much better at it.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Last I heard, they were going for an equity waiver venue.

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

But aside from all of this, let’s not forget “Government is the only thing we all belong to.”

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

“My main goal is not to worry about the logistics of the convention,” Obama said. “My main goal is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward.”

The media were so quick to point out how much lower the ratings were this year for the GOP. I have to believe nobody–NOBODY–will voluntarily sit and listen to this clown bloviate for an hour or however long he wants to talk. I’ll listen to the Fox News recap, but that’s it. Will Nielson tell the truth on this and report that Wilfred or Burn Notice got higher ratings?

I haven’t checked AMC’s programming, but it would be sweet if they ran a Clint Eastwood flick during the Obama speech!

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

“My main goal is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward.”

If Obama truly means it, he would endorse the Republicans.

Liam on September 5, 2012 at 11:14 AM

More to the point, the rat-eared bastard has had almost four years to SHOW us how we can move forward. Why would it take a political convention and more words to “communicate” something that he should have been doing all along?

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Well, with that bedbug infestation running around all the hotels, Bobcat Arena packed with 22,000 grumpy, sleepless, itchy weirdos packed into close quarters should be a pretty festive atmosphere, don’t you think? They’re going to have to be giving away hotdogs and beer for sure.

Harbingeing on September 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Nothing at all about substance it is always about the fake image with these socialist scums… But after a while people get tired of the fake image and the majority of voters are already damn tired of it… So tomorrow Obama will recyle his same empty speeches and rhetoric that a majority of voters have heard hundreds of times before and rejected it long time ago… For the majority of voters this man is an utterly failed President who needs to be replaced on November 6 2012…nothing Obama or his media can say or do to change this fact…

mnjg on September 5, 2012 at 11:18 AM

You must have seen Michael Moore’s new movie already?

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Nah. I think it was probably the Taco Bell and Yuengling too close to bedtime.

justltl on September 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

They said God hated the GOP as to why Isaac was headed to Tampa, and now what are they saying God thinks for the Dems if he really does send lightening and rain on obama’s day?

ConservativePartyNow on September 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The instant it happened I was hoping it would occur to the Stupid Party to use it. Bumper stickers, t-shirts, yard signs, buttons, anything graphic. There were cartoons, but the above needs to go viral by someone that will take it on. There’s a message to be spread and there’s money to be made.

BetseyRoss on September 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Weren’t they just saying it would go on, “rain or shine”, yesterday?

changer1701 on September 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

$50 bucks to a stadium maintenance guy if he puts an empty chair in the middle of the field and snaps a picture of the empty chair in front of its adoring empty chair fans.

JadeNYU on September 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’ll kick in $20.

Steve Eggleston on September 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Obama is not less popular, his audiences are now just more selective.

simkeith on September 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Joe Trippe said on FoxNews that Ohio is out of reach for Romney, and yesterday the Election Board in VA put Virgil Goode (Constitutional Party )and Gary Johnson on the ballot there will really hurt Romney’s chance of winning in VA as well.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Really??? RealClearPolitics today posted an Ohio poll from Gravis Marketing showing Romney 47 Obama 44. In the RCP average for Ohio (which includes earlier polls), Romney is down by only 0.6%. Romney’s campaign won’t have to “reach” very far to swing 0.6% of voters in two months!!!

Steve Z on September 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Not familiar with Gravis, but it released 2 polls for OH and FL. Both are RV polls.

OH
Barry 44, Romney 47 Romney +3
Brown 44, Mandel 44 Tie

D 42 R 37 I 21

FL
Barry 47, Romney 48 Romney +1
Nelson 43, Mack 42 Nelson +1

D 43 R 42 I 14

May be outliers, but demographics appear fair.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

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