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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“Rat-eared bastard”.

Outstanding!!!
See you in the gulag if it wins re-election.

justltl on September 5, 2012 at 11:22 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’s what struck Michael Jackson.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 11:24 AM

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

that, or the gas is getting too expensive (courtesy of a certain president’s policies) and they can’t afford it…remember they are bringing them in from all over the country, not just N Carolina and neighboring states…

jimver on September 5, 2012 at 11:25 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

Or hold have Romney and Ryan hold a campaign rally in Bank Of America Stadium while Obama gives his indoor speech, and see who gets a bigger audience! Conservatives are not afraid of a few rain showers…

Steve Z on September 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

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

Perhaps you woke too soon; The seas didn’t lower, nor did the climate change back. OJesus didn’t walk upon the water, nor did he feed the 5,000….

Oh wait

skeeterbite on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 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

Um, last I checked Costa Rica wasn’t in the Pacific. Did they move it and not tell anyone?

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I would like someone in Charlotte to get footage and still of the buses rolling in from out of state with paid union members, black church members, et al, that they were going to use to try and fill the stadium before it became obvious to them that even that sham wasn’t going to fill the stadium.

I would like some enterprising journalist to find out how many people at the event were paid to attend.

thatsafactjack on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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

Joe Trippe said, according to the polling data his has, Ohio is gone for Romney. He said it is because 1 in every 7 jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry, and that for some reason, the blue collars people in Ohio do not connect with Romney. Paul-Cincy, a poster here who appears to live in the Cincy area, said in a post a couple of days ago that he does not hold out much hope for Ohio. I hope they are wrong, as the battle has not quite begun, but Ohio is so critical.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 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

am in, 50 :-)…

jimver on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Um, last I checked Costa Rica wasn’t in the Pacific. Did they move it and not tell anyone?

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Wait. What? It’s western side is the pacific.

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 11:30 AM

“well, we got to check the weather”

Is it to much to ask to have a President that can speak proper English?

BettyRuth on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

It’s clear the National Weather Service is just making this all up.
Just like they lied about the hurricane threat to the RNC.
This is what Chicago-style weather prediction looks like, folks.

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Science lesson of the day:

DNC cancelling an outside event on the slightest chance of rain proves that not just sugar melts in the rain.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Joe Trippe said, according to the polling data his has, Ohio is gone for Romney. He said it is because 1 in every 7 jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry, and that for some reason, the blue collars people in Ohio do not connect with Romney. Paul-Cincy, a poster here who appears to live in the Cincy area, said in a post a couple of days ago that he does not hold out much hope for Ohio. I hope they are wrong, as the battle has not quite begun, but Ohio is so critical.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

An article in, I think, the Washington Examiner last week said that politically split Columbus holds the key.

That’s where I live. Last night, the Obama crew opened their new office not far from where I live. I heard more griping about the traffic than I did about the turnout. They were there watching the opening night, apparently.

ACORN hits the OSU campus hard, and I expect their offshoots to do the same this year as well.

Kasich crapped the bed by not excluding police/fireman from the SB5 bill which voters overturned (the same year they voted in favor of telling Obama to shove Obamacare where the sun don’t shine – go figure).

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

oh….. the bedbugs are gonna love this. And guess what, Barry. They most likely got Bin Laden, too.

bloggless on September 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Ellen Barkin, Samuel L. Jackson hardest hit.

SouthernGent on September 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Joe Trippe is routinely made a fool of with ease by conservative talking heads. I would not take him too seriously. He doesn;t have much on the ball.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

(Is that racist now, to say empty seats?)

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

I hope so. If it isn’t, it means that it doesn’t hurt :-)

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

@LegInsurrection

#EmptyStadiumDay official hashtag of Obama acceptance speech

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

HERE you go

jrgdds on September 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I think it’s hilarious.

All of the empty chairs in the Bank of America stadium waiting plaintively for an acceptance address from The Empty Chair ™ .

This is so full of optics awesomeness.

dissent555 on September 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It’s clear the National Weather Service is just making this all up.
Just like they lied about the hurricane threat to the RNC.
This is what Chicago-style weather prediction looks like, folks.

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

How does it feel to have your party of death falling apart around you?

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

You mean tomorrow night to check the dry stadium

cmsinaz on September 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Glenn Beck should organize an event there this Thursday.

Or Chick-A-Fil.

sentinelrules on September 5, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Um, last I checked Costa Rica wasn’t in the Pacific. Did they move it and not tell anyone?

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

You need to see an eyedoc…don’t tell me, public school educated?

right2bright on September 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

so what about all those 53,000 supporters who “theoretically” had made plans to be there at the big stadium? I imagine that they must be devastated to get this news.

exceller on September 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

How does it feel to have your party of death falling apart around you?

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I wouldn’t know.
What does it feel like to ask silly & defensive rhetorical questions?

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Joe Trippe said, according to the polling data his has, Ohio is gone for Romney. He said it is because 1 in every 7 jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry, and that for some reason, the blue collars people in Ohio do not connect with Romney. Paul-Cincy, a poster here who appears to live in the Cincy area, said in a post a couple of days ago that he does not hold out much hope for Ohio. I hope they are wrong, as the battle has not quite begun, but Ohio is so critical.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

What he probably doesn’t tell you is that a lot of those auto industry jobs support Honda which is in my hometown of Marysville and nearby East Liberty. And guess what… Honda is not unionized. The unions have been trying since MAP (Marysville Automotive Plant) opened in 1982 to get in and each and every time they’ve been rejected.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

It’s clear the National Weather Service is just making this all up.
Just like they lied about the hurricane threat to the RNC.
This is what Chicago-style weather prediction looks like, folks.

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

It’s OK. Want a binky?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Good thing Obama has 75000 new found slaves to help move the pyramids.

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

If I had the tools and talent for it, I would produce an image of Empty Chair tilted forward to greet the Saudi King. Great moments in diplomacy!

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM

so what about all those 53,000 supporters who “theoretically” had made plans to be there at the big stadium? I imagine that they must be devastated to get this news.

exceller on September 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

How about a flash mob?

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

72,000 empty chairs.

How appropriate.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I wouldn’t know.
What does it feel like to ask silly & defensive rhetorical questions?

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Now, that’s funny…coming from you.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Now, that’s funny…coming from you.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Feels good to laugh for a change…doesn’t it?

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Feels good to laugh for a change…doesn’t it?

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

It will feel even better on November 6th.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Paul-Cincy, a poster here who appears to live in the Cincy area, said in a post a couple of days ago that he does not hold out much hope for Ohio. I hope they are wrong, as the battle has not quite begun, but Ohio is so critical.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Last night, the Obama crew opened their new office not far from where I live. I heard more griping about the traffic than I did about the turnout. They were there watching the opening night, apparently.

ACORN hits the OSU campus hard, and I expect their offshoots to do the same this year as well.

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

1 in 7 folks are connected to the auto industry and OSU students = Romney loses? Maybe we could give the other 6 of 7 some credit.

VegasRick on September 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM

OK, so a lot of those college-kid-filled busses that are presently on the road …. Will they just turn around ???
Inquiring minds want to know.

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Um, last I checked Costa Rica wasn’t in the Pacific. Did they move it and not tell anyone?

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Here’s Costa Rica on the map – Pacific Ocean to the west, Carribean Sea to the east.

Maybe you were thinking of Puerto Rico?

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/camerica/cr.htm

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

It’s a heroic thing to do. By moving inside, they saved or created 100,000 attendees who would otherwise have been stuck in the rain.

The Rogue Tomato on September 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Ask these losers what it will feel like being “owned” by President Romney beginning in January.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

So Joe Trippi says we’re gonna lose Ohio? Well that’s enough for me ….. all is lost..

sandee on September 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Oops, s/b Caribbean. Can’t spell or type correctly today.

AZCoyote on September 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Um, last I checked Costa Rica wasn’t in the Pacific. Did they move it and not tell anyone?

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Might want to check again…

bernzright777 on September 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

What? No Mount Obamus!! Say it isn’t so Joe.

dddave on September 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

It will feel even better on November 6th.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Well treasure every moment now –
just in case, well, you know…

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I am praying for a beautiful star filled evening so the dems can be totally embarrassed!!!! God Save America!

ultracon on September 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Well treasure every moment now –
just in case, well, you know…

verbaluce on September 5, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Well, I know…what? Mooch changes the grocery store inventories? What? Say it. Be proud your’re a Dem.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I take it that whole ‘giving free tickets away at bars‘ thing wasn’t getting enough takers, then?

Really, if I lived there and got free tickets I would find some homeless person in need of a few hours of festivities. Or someone from OWS, wouldn’t that be great?

ajacksonian on September 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

they probaby ran out of money to get those buses filled and the people coming fed and happy enough. I still think Obama got all the free labor he needed. He mined the email/phone numbers and now has even more opportunities for garnering donations $$$$s. Now he doesn’t need them…he threw them under the bus!!!!

CoffeeLover on September 5, 2012 at 12:02 PM

ajacksonian on September 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I’m afraid your scheme wouldn’t work out. I hear the you need an ID to get in!

MJBrutus on September 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

It will feel even better on November 6th.

kingsjester on September 5, 2012 at 11:49 AM

kingjester ftw!

Foxhound on September 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Really, if I lived there and got free tickets I would find some homeless person in need of a few hours of festivities. Or someone from OWS, wouldn’t that be great?

ajacksonian on September 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I’d give my tickets to the local gang-bangers. Oh, wait, they are already there!

VegasRick on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

…I don’t hear the word “Democrat” much at their own convention…I hear Barrack…Barrack…Barrack!…it’s a cult now…not a Party!

KOOLAID2 on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Keeping the President’s speech outdoors would show alot of empty chairs for an empty chaired President. :)

Clint Eastwood is a GENIUS!!!!

SmallGovtGuy on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Science lesson of the day:

DNC cancelling an outside event on the slightest chance of rain proves that not just sugar melts in the rain.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

To quoteth thee wickedeth of witches in thee olde Wizard of Oz; “Help, I’m melting!”

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Joe Trippe said, according to the polling data his has, Ohio is gone for Romney. He said it is because 1 in every 7 jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry, and that for some reason, the blue collars people in Ohio do not connect with Romney. Paul-Cincy, a poster here who appears to live in the Cincy area, said in a post a couple of days ago that he does not hold out much hope for Ohio. I hope they are wrong, as the battle has not quite begun, but Ohio is so critical.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

What poll data does he have? In fact no public polls show this despite their bias toward the democrats… If he is talking about internal polls then he is lying or his internal polls are way off…

Our side is vastly more energized than their side and all what it take is for 3% of Obama voters in Ohio from 2008 to stay home and 7% of Obama “White voters” in Ohio from 2008 to switch and vote for Romney and then Romney would win Ohio… Recent polls are showing that on the national level our side is vastly more energized so assuming that 3% of Obama 2008 voters in Ohio staying is a very probable scenario and polls are also showing that on the national level Obama is losing 15% to 18% of his 2008 “White Voters” so assuming that 7% of Obama 2008 “White Voters” in Ohio switching and voting for Romney is a very probable scenario…

mnjg on September 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

In Democrat speak the Bank of America Stadium = Panther Stadium, the Zero’s speech has been moved the the Time Warner Cable Arena — Why don’t the Democrats call it Bobcat Arena?

I am sure the New Black Panthers are upset about the change in venue.

Dasher on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I hope Obama is smoking three packs a day and has constant stomach upset in anticipation of his pending epic loss.

arnold ziffel on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

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

Bwahahahaha

Del Dolemonte on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Well after 1 1/2 hrs later, Daily Kooks posts a story. OMG it is hillarious. Don’t let the GOP spin this as anything but weather related etc…

Too Funny, try not hurting yourself laughing at the suggested ways to spin it.

D-fusit on September 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Why God was removed from the DNC platform.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Why God was removed from the DNC platform.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Muslims don’t believe in God?

Foxhound on September 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Foxhound, yes, theirs only.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM

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

One fo the Super Pacs should hold a rally tomorrow night in the Bank of America Stadium. Get Sara Palin as the main speaker. SRO!!!

patch on September 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The stadium was just tooo big! Size matters. Doubly so when you lack substance. I mean look at code pink’s last photo op.

onomo on September 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Just heard the ABC News spin on this story. A couple of highlights.

ABC reports as if there were going to be 70,000 people planning to attend. Perfect Dem lie. Change a venue because you can’t fill the stadium and then report as if there were going to be 70,000 people and tickets were the hottest commodity in Charlotte.

Blame it all on the Secret Service who don’t allow umbrellas (as is true of most sporting events) and that the media would be on metal platforms which was just too risky what with Charlotte’s expected “severe weather” (otherwise known as Summer).

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Obama theme: “It’s Easy To Blame The Weather

Biden theme: “It’s Too Hot For Words

~Billie Holiday

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

70,000 empty chairs! They’re making it way too easy for us.

Whittaker Chambers on September 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The stadium was just tooo big! Size matters.

onomo on September 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

That’s what makes this story so great. The deliberately hired BofA Stadium because they were certain that the crush for tickets to the acceptance speech was going to be huge. This was during the period when they also were claiming that Obama’s fundraising would top $1B (not counting donations in kind from the MSM for free advertising in the guise of reporting).

Then reality slapped them silly.

Happy Nomad on September 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

An article in, I think, the Washington Examiner last week said that politically split Columbus holds the key.

That’s where I live. Last night, the Obama crew opened their new office not far from where I live. I heard more griping about the traffic than I did about the turnout. They were there watching the opening night, apparently.

ACORN hits the OSU campus hard, and I expect their offshoots to do the same this year as well.

Kasich crapped the bed by not excluding police/fireman from the SB5 bill which voters overturned (the same year they voted in favor of telling Obama to shove Obamacare where the sun don’t shine – go figure).

tdpwells on September 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Joe Trippe said, according to the polling data his has, Ohio is gone for Romney. He said it is because 1 in every 7 jobs in Ohio is connected to the auto industry, and that for some reason, the blue collars people in Ohio do not connect with Romney. Paul-Cincy, a poster here who appears to live in the Cincy area, said in a post a couple of days ago that he does not hold out much hope for Ohio. I hope they are wrong, as the battle has not quite begun, but Ohio is so critical.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM

What he probably doesn’t tell you is that a lot of those auto industry jobs support Honda which is in my hometown of Marysville and nearby East Liberty. And guess what… Honda is not unionized. The unions have been trying since MAP (Marysville Automotive Plant) opened in 1982 to get in and each and every time they’ve been rejected.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I know you probably know this as you live there, but I forgot to mention that while Honda is one of the largest employers in the area in Marysville and East Liberty, most of the people who work there are not from Marysville, but Columbus.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

As opposed to DNC attendees, for TV viewers they’re already spinning the initial Network TV ratings for last night, claiming the DNC is outpacing the RNC when it looks like the numbers are pretty much equal for both. No report on FNC ratings yet.

stukinIL4now on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

OT
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/05/gunman-kills-1-at-rally-for-new-quebec-premier/

This story is interesting
1. Did not know Parti Quebecois has regained popularity and power again. It is a separatist party advocating Quebec separation from the rest of Canada. The movement lost steam back in the 1990s.

2. Political crazies sometimes trigger copy-cat acts. The current animosity of the state of politics in the US is substantially higher than the usually tamer Canadian politics. Homeland Security needs to take note.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Wait….? So the messiah is going to leave 50,000 adoring worshippers out in the deluge??
That’s not very caring is it boys and girls?

keithofboston on September 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Not as much luster this year.

H/T SpinalTap

BKeyser on September 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Foxhound, yes, theirs only.

Schadenfreude on September 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The belief that the God of one’s own religion is the only true God seems to be a common feature of monotheistic religions. I don’t see why Muzzie influence in the Rat party would cause them to remove generic references. It seems more likely the rampant nihilism of the Donkey-Ass party is the real cause.

Foxhound on September 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I doubt this is what the empty chair analogy Eastwood made meant, but it is a funny coincidence.

lea on September 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Wait….? So the messiah is going to leave 50,000 adoring worshippers out in the deluge??
That’s not very caring is it boys and girls?

keithofboston on September 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It will give him a chance to show off his powers by walking across puddles.

Bishop on September 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Come on – the man is a Lightworker.
He should be able to take care of this lightning risk.

connertown on September 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

OT
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/05/gunman-kills-1-at-rally-for-new-quebec-premier/

This story is interesting
1. Did not know Parti Quebecois has regained popularity and power again. It is a separatist party advocating Quebec separation from the rest of Canada. The movement lost steam back in the 1990s.

2. Political crazies sometimes trigger copy-cat acts. The current animosity of the state of politics in the US is substantially higher than the usually tamer Canadian politics. Homeland Security needs to take note.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Relevant because California will eventually go there. Once ‘hispanics’ can dominate politics in California I expect a separatist movement to arise. As in Quebec it will be more a tool to bludgeon the federal government into giving them goodies rather than a serious threat to s-word. Good riddance.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Wait….? So the messiah is going to leave 50,000 adoring worshippers out in the deluge??
That’s not very caring is it boys and girls?

keithofboston on September 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

That’s the part the MSM is going to totally ignore. If there are thousands of fans who can’t get into the arena, they’re still going to be out in the rain and lightning! Why cancel the stadium then?

They can’t fill the seats, that’s why, and Obama cannot suffer a blow to his ego.

The MSM won’t put this simple logic together and will just gush at all those adoring people out in the rain.

WisRich on September 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

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

..will the right wing blogosphere? Could be a JFKerry windsurfing moment, old son!

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/tv-ratings-democratic-convention-coverage-drops-double-digits-for-networks-michelle-obama-gop-hells-kitchen-masterchef-americas-got-talent-down/

NBC got a 1.3/4 rating, down 24% from 2008. ABC got a 0.7/2 out of the DNC last night, down 36% from four years ago. With a 0.6/2, CBS took the biggest hit Tuesday. The network’s DNC coverage was down 45% from the comparative night back in 2008.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Why move? Well, there’s a 20% chance of rain and 100% chance of empty seats.

Bevan on September 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

that for some reason, the blue collars people in Ohio do not connect with Romney.

So? Do they “connect with” Obama?

2 out of 3 Ohio voters voted against Obamacare. Why would they sign up for four more years?

Missy on September 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

One of the Super Pacs should hold a rally tomorrow night in the Bank of America Stadium. Get Sara Palin as the main speaker. SRO!!!

patch on September 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

..absolutely viciously delicious!

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

You need to see an eyedoc…don’t tell me, public school educated?

right2bright on September 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM

My bad.

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I’m sure that they couldn’t fill the stadium, but the weather does indicate a chance of thunderstorms…

sandee on September 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Repubs should offer free tickets to Obama 2016 for the tens of thousands who were going to Panther Field and will now be left out in the storm.

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

To paraphrase some old lyrics

Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the sky, stormy weather, that’s when folks who lie come together.

Don L on September 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

In Democrat speak the Bank of America Stadium = Panther Stadium, the Zero’s speech has been moved the the Time Warner Cable Arena — Why don’t the Democrats call it Bobcat Arena?

I am sure the New Black Panthers are upset about the change in venue.

Dasher on September 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Rush just referred to it as “Black Panther Stadium”.

scrubjay on September 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

My bad.

eyedoc on September 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM

You were half right…all I know is that it was Bush’s fault for the fault.

right2bright on September 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Don’t blame God for the lightening bolts; the Founding Fathers are throwing them.

TheClearRiver on September 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Why should he let a little rain stop him?

moo on September 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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

The ultimate “eastwooding”. :-)

Is it true that NARAL and NOW are sponsoring a live abortion to introduce the President before his speech?

I mean what better way to introduce President Born-Alive?

Oh, well……what if they bring a pile of 23 million pink slips and stack them up on the floor?

Or, Maybe build a mock cliff and have Seniors be pushed off by Kathleen Sebelius and Rahm Emanuels brother?

Or they could have a “Arab Spring” Egyptian announcer dressed in a full hajib introduce him from the podium before they whip her off stage?

Just brainstormin’ for you D&C peeps reading here.

PappyD61 on September 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Sorry to disrupt the latest chapter of Republican alternate-universe fiction, but the stadium seats were all spoken for, and there was a waiting list of 19,000, as reported here.

Whether it was the weather or other logistic reasons that went in to the decision to move the speech, the issue was not one of potentially empty seats.

Drew Lowell on September 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

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

#win

ted c on September 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Romney officials said they raised $100 million for the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee in August. Barry campaign has not released its August fundraising numbers.

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Funny, you would think with all his SuperPowers, President Obama can move this impending storm a couple hundred miles away from the stadium.

After all, he was supposed to stop the rise in the oceans.

SmallGovtGuy on September 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Oh no, even worse! I just heard via ABC radio news that they had to cancel the pre-sermon-on-the-mount rock concert which was to be held at Bank of America Stadium due to the dangerous lightning expected Thursday afternoon. What’ll they do with all those angry concert-goers who show up on a beautiful sunny Charlotte afternoon expecting to rock out? (Send them to a Planned Parenthood protest?)

stukinIL4now on September 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

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