Sununu on DNC venue switcheroo: “You can’t believe a thing this administration says”

posted at 4:41 pm on September 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

After this morning’s news that the Democrats are now planning to move Obama’s convention speech from the outdoor, 70,000-capacity Bank of America football stadium to the indoor, 20,000-capacity Time Warner basketball arena because of ostensible weather concerns (meaning, the 30 percent chance of thunderstorms on the forecast practically every night in the summer for the mid-eastern seaboard), there’s been no shortage of mockery from the Right for the Democrats’ retreat from much-heralded enthusiasm to defensive sheepishness. The campaigns have been trading barbs, and the Romney camp’s resident ‘honey badger’ John Sununu pointed out that this is yet another Obama promise gone awry:

“You can’t believe a thing this administration says,” Sununu told reporters at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “This campaign promised you, rain or shine, the president would be speaking there. Then when they couldn’t get a crowd they brought it inside. I think those facts speak for themselves.” …

“You would think they’d be smart enough to lie about things that weren’t easy to check,” he said. “Almost all the speakers last night accused Romney of wanted to raise taxes on the middle class. There is a very simple declarative sentence that is Gov. Romney’s position on the middle class: ‘We are going to cut their taxes by 20 percent.’ That is not a complicated sentence. It might be for Barack Obama, but that is not a complicated sentence.”

The Obama campaign has tried to fire back. It’s pretty precious:

The Obama campaign is facing a barrage of criticism and mockery from Republicans for scrapping plans to hold the final night of their convention at downtown Charlotte’s more than 73,000-seat Bank of America Stadium. But they’ve got a message for their detractors.

“I’ve got two words for you,” a senior Obama campaign official told ABC News, “Ford Field.”

The official was referring to Mitt Romney’s February 2012 speech before a crowd of 1,200 at Detroit’s Ford Field — a stadium that seats up to 80,000. Democrats on Wednesday circulated a now-famous photo of Romney speaking in  the almost-empty venue with the tongue-in-cheek headline: “Mitt Romney’s idea of a successful stadium event….”

Feeble, Team O. Nobody’s made a bigger deal out of Barack Obama’s ostensible abilities to fill a stadium then you guys, and let’s be serious: The lack of enthusiasm that previously committed Obama-voters are feeling right now is a huge problem for their side. If there had been a real opportunity for the Democrats to showcase a football stadium chock-full of wildly supportive Obama fanatics, I doubt even a dang monsoon would’ve stopped them from doing so.

Update: Oh, this just keeps on getting more and more humiliating. I almost feel a little badly for piling on. …Almost. Via BuzzFeed:

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My how things have changed in 4 years. 100 percent chance of double facepalm for Team Barry. Can’t fill a stadium. Tsk tsk.

Didn’t you fill Invesco Field when you accepted the nom 4 years ago? When did stifling heat or rain ever stop your swooning, adoring, fainting minions? I guess it does now. They can stay home and watch an empty chair for free. Perhaps the busloads you were expecting wanted to be compensated for their efforts. Too bad you burned through your campaign cash, Barry. No busing around money.

Philly on September 5, 2012 at 5:47 PM

… about as mind-numbing as The Commie trying to school us about freedom, independence and initiative.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

——

More mind-numbing: you calling someone a commie while having no clue what it means.

Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Oh, I think he as a pretty good idea, unlike you, bless your heart.

“I think when you spread the wealth around, it helps everybody”
“You didn’t build that”
“We belong to the government” — Not him, but at his convention by his party

No, he’s pretty much on target there. Might be closer to fascist given the approach to business, what with the GM auto bailout, although that was structured to benefit the unions (again, more communist than fascist), but the cronyism with GE’s Immelt, Solyndra, SpectraWatt, Evergreen Solar, and Tesla to name a few.

You, on the other hand? Epic Fail as usual

AZfederalist on September 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Shhhh – Hotair clowns want 10s of thousands of people to stand outside where there’s a good chance of a thunderstorm.
 
Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

 
Not at all. We just want 10′s of thousands of ardent democrat Obama supporters to stand outside where there is a good chance of a thunderstorm.
 
AZfederalist on September 5, 2012 at 5:39 PM

 
Is that even away-game turnout for UA or LSU?

rogerb on September 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Shhhh – Hotair clowns want 10s of thousands of people to stand outside where there’s a good chance of a thunderstorm.

Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM
20% isn’t a “good chance.”

Good Solid B-Plus on September 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Dryrot thinks in terms of erections…for him…that’s a chance of self-success… BEYOND his wildest dreams!

KOOLAID2 on September 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Oh, BTW, teach us your kind of civil political discourse a la Montreal. Is it still part of Canada?

bayview on September 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Ouch, don’t mention Quebec to drywall, he proly hates their guts :)…

jimver on September 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

“A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms”

Sounds like a typical run of the evening forecast for the southeast/southern seaboard for this time of year. Forecast discussion reduces to “isolated” after 9pm and that is not clear in the zone statement ( above ). Nothing gets cancelled in the south for a forecast that looks like that, football, baseball, golf, air shows.. I mean nothing with the exception of this.

Mark

mailmars on September 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

LOL. Really?

lorien1973 on September 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Sounds like drywall had a bad day, maybe spilled a pot of mud or something.

slickwillie2001 on September 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

“I killed Bin Laden…

… and am afraid of the rain.” – Pantload

Seven Percent Solution on September 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Heals planet.
Mute when wet.

tom daschle concerned on September 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Kills binLaden with bare hands.
Scared of rain drops .

burrata on September 5, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Seven Percent Solution on September 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Niiiice :O

burrata on September 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I’ve been to dozens of Panther games and having a thunderstorm roll through is hardly rare. BOA stadium is designed with that possibility in mind and there is plenty of room to get out of harms way. As long as you don’t mind standing near a Bank of America ATM machine.

mike_NC9 on September 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

… about as mind-numbing as The Commie trying to school us about freedom, independence and initiative.
OhEssYouCowboys on September 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM

——

More mind-numbing: you calling someone a commie while having no clue what it means.

Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Really, connard?? There are people on this forum who experienced communism first hand and for sure don’t need your help to enlarge their definitional horizon….and you do sound like a commie…

jimver on September 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

With the rain falling on his shirt, Barry’s chicken wings were really starting to show through there

OneFreeMan on September 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

They probably wet him down before going on, in order to make it look like he stood out in the rain sans jacket or umbrella prior to the speech.

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

So, instead of yelling “Fire!” all someone needs to do to clear the convention hall on Thursday is yell: “Rain!”

‘Course, instead of a panicked stampede, you might might get a rousing cheer if every one thinks he hears “REIGN!”

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I see you have no experience in running outdoor events. Or understanding weather.

That’s okay.

Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ooh! Ooh! I want to play!

Does that mean other outdoor venues cancel their activities whenever there is a 30% chance of rain? Can you name just one that has ever done so? Just one? You have the entire internet at your disposal, that should be a piece of cake. Find me one example.

The clock is ticking.

You and Obama are running out of time.

ariel on September 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

HOLY SMOKES !
The DNC puts God and Isreal back in the platform !
Crowd not happy !!

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

“I killed Bin Laden…

… and am afraid of the rain.” – Pantload

Seven Percent Solution on September 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Perfect.

Cody1991 on September 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

DNC Reverses Position And Reinstates God And Jerusalem
Flora Duh on September 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

As either needs the DNC for affirmation

Rio Linda Refugee on September 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Zactly :)…

jimver on September 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

DNC Convention in Chaos…this is much worse that Pat Buchanan’s speech in 1992.

sentinelrules on September 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

ariel on September 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Here’s the Panthers vs. Jaguars “Rain Game” at Bank of America Stadium last September. Looks like everybody survived, somehow.

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

HOLY SMOKES !
The DNC puts God and Isreal back in the platform !
Crowd not happy !!

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

There is no joy in Mudville (I mean, “Mudville” if it rains…)

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

BUT OKAY LET’S GO WITH YOUR 20% FORECAST THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE

Dave Rywall on September 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM

You’re just a Canadian. It doesn’t matter what you think.

BruthaMan on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

This is a good ad.

Terrye on September 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I just looked up “probability of precipitation” and learned that a 10% chance of rain is the probability rain will fall over a spot in a 12 hour period, so the chance of rain during Obama’s speech is roughly 10/12% or 0.83%.

So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

/Drywall and Dumber

CurtZHP on September 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

topdog on September 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

You’re just a Canadian. It doesn’t matter what you think.

BruthaMan on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Damn straight.

Terrye on September 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Agreed, there has been no weather within 80 miles of Charlotte all day and none projected. They switched venue because they could not bus in enough astroturf from out of state to fill the stadium.

jake49 on September 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

I was there myself. Didn’t miss a single play. Happy to get a win!

mike_NC9 on September 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

BruthaMan on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

+100

I find it amazing that so many Canadians somehow believe they have place to lecture we Americans.

They should be more worried that Quebec just voted in a resurgent separatist party that wants out of their Commonwealth.

Liam on September 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Somebody just sent proof the Morning Spew that they could not fill up the stadium.

bloggless on September 5, 2012 at 6:01 PM

mike_NC9 on September 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Cool! Looked like a lot of fun.

Christien on September 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

f*cking thunderstorms
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=35.227087,-80.843127&hourly=1&yday=248&weekday=Wednesday

Old Man Sedgewick on September 5, 2012 at 5:04 PM

You’re a day early, Uncle Red.

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 5, 2012 at 6:05 PM

As long as you don’t mind standing near a Bank of America ATM machine.

mike_NC9 on September 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

And risk death? Those machines KILL, man!

Bishop on September 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

The letter, among several obtained by The Nation and The Investigative Fund through a Freedom of Information Act request, is a stark reminder that even the most ardent opponents of Obamacare privately acknowledge many of the law’s benefits.

Maybe Sunono can explain this..

HotAirLib on September 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

You stupid Democrats denigrate Sununu at your own peril.

The man was born in Havana to a Palestinian father and a mother from El Salvador. He’s also smarter that 99% of the members of MENSA, and much smarter than O’bamna (or you) can ever hope to be.

In fact, if he were a Democrat he would be pResident by now.

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Isn’t Sununu that tool who Soledad completely destroyed on CNN.. for lying?

triple on September 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I sent this to Ed on Monday:

Spotted this:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/09/03/Dems-Use-Trick-Photog-to-fill-convention

FTA:”
Call it “The Empty Chair Convention.”
Rick Klein, Senior Washington Editor of ABC News, just tweeted out this photo of the stage the Democrat convention will be held on (posted above).

As you can see, Klein’s photo reveals the screens that will serve as the television backdrop behind whomever’s speaking — and it looks to me as though the Democrats intend to show an artificial sea of faces in order to make the convention hall look a whole lot fuller than it might be. ”

I posted on the first headline thread they would try CGI. Heh. Watch for it!

dogsoldier on September 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Get Sarah Palin in there…she’d pack ‘em in.

Wouldn’t matter that the people were Republicans…at least it would look good on the tee-vee.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I looked at 3 different forecasts. And the link I posted to one of them was for the forecast not for Thursday, but for today- a full 24 hours before O’bamna is scheduled to speak.

Old Man Sedgewick on September 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Fixed, Uncle Red!

Del Dolemonte on September 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I don’t think it would have been close to capacity but there are still thousands of very upset and heartbroken people in Charlotte tonight. Bless their hearts.

mike_NC9 on September 5, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Isn’t Sununu that tool who Soledad completely destroyed on CNN.. for lying?

triple on September 5, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Yep.

Del Dolemonte on September 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

So, now that they’re God-booing in the convention hall, is there any guarantee that it won’t be flooded out, too?

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

So, for the 50k or so people who were supposed to get seats, who went to Charlotte, spent a lot of money and time… who gets to decide who gets cut from showing up? I mean, really, going from 70k to 20k seats means 50k are not getting in. Is it going to be reaching into a big old barrel and seeing if you are a lucky winner?

And just what do you do with all the people who paid good money, took a plane flight, got hotel rooms, and all that fun stuff on the promise of a seat and now are told: you’re out of luck?

Where is the outrage from these people who were going to pack the stadium? The marches? The screaming into cameras about the hundreds of bucks they spent to get screwed over by the DNC making a Stuck On Stupid choice in the first place? Everyone knew it was going to be outdoors, you know… prepared for it… except the DNC.

What a Charlie-Foxtrot, huh?

ajacksonian on September 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM

..don’t know if anyone mentioned this, but RAIN could well be the metaphor for this Freak Show. This turd bag’s acceptance speech gets “rained out” and, four days ago, his sandcastle got rained out.

With that in mind, one wonders if perhaps he should not be building an Ark for November 6th?

The War Planner on September 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

As long as you don’t mind standing near a Bank of America ATM machine.

mike_NC9 on September 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

And risk death? Those machines KILL, man!

Bishop on September 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Kill jobs, you mean?

de rigueur on September 5, 2012 at 6:35 PM

What are they going to do with the 70,000 people with tickets that show up tomorrow night???

There is going to be a huge crowd waiting to get one of the 20,000 seats in the smaller place.

albill on September 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM

How long till we see an aerial shot of the empty stadium as the Ultimate empty chair

dwn on September 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

The letter, among several obtained by The Nation and The Investigative Fund through a Freedom of Information Act request, is a stark reminder that even the most ardent opponents of Obamacare privately acknowledge many of the law’s benefits.

HotAirLib on September 5, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Even an ice crap sandwich can be sprinkled with chocolate chips.

jazzmo on September 5, 2012 at 6:56 PM

I love this Sununu guy. He, without help, completely destroyed soledad on CNN that one time. Meanwhile she is caught trying to respond by openly reading TPM on air. Meanwhile her people behind the camera were frantically doing oppo research to attack him for his being correct. Classic beatdown. Good job Gov.

jake49 on September 5, 2012 at 7:02 PM

HOLY SMOKES !
The DNC puts God and Isreal back in the platform !
Crowd not happy !!

pambi on September 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

This begs for an RNC Campaign ad.

Alabama Infidel on September 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

BUT OKAY LET’S GO WITH YOUR 20% FORECAST THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE

Old Man Sedgewick on September 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Hey Uncle Red!

Last night, your Toronto Bleu Jays hosted the Baltimore Orioles, who later won the game while the Yankees were losing. New York has now blown a 10 game lead in the American League East, and Baltimore is now tied with them for first place with Tampa Bay only a game and a half back.

Even though last night’s weather forecast for Toronto showed a comparable chance of rain due to the remains of Isaac, Blue Jays management left the SkyDome roof open.

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

30 percent chance of rain.

“Hmm, let’s do it inside.”

Gutsy call. I’m voting straight Donk ticket now. Not only will they provide cradle to grave care for every living human being, they’ll protect us from a statistical 30 percent chance of rain weather prediction.

hawkdriver on September 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

There was an 80% chance of disappointment in Charlotte if Obama spoke at BANK OF AMERICA field, so they moved it to the small arena.

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tom daschle concerned on September 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

No lie upturned, just got to win now ….

tarpon on September 5, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Sununu on DNC venue switcheroo: “You can’t believe a thing this administration says”

And frankly, you can’t believe a thing that the RNC says either. As a Delegate to the Republican National Convention, I can personally attest to the fraud, lies, and rule breaking that occurred in the floor votes, and the Credentials and Rules Committee meetings.

As much as I despise Obama, I equally despise the dirty garbage that goes on in our party. Wake up people. We need to clean house everywhere!

realitycheck on September 6, 2012 at 12:41 AM

As much as I despise Obama, I equally despise the dirty garbage that goes on in our party. Wake up people. We need to clean house everywhere!

realitycheck on September 6, 2012 at 12:41 AM

+1000

That Republican Rules brawl (Diktat) was an eye-opener for me. Purging the grass-roots delegates? Who do they think won them that 2010 landslide, anyway?

Wish the Libertarians could get their act together.

TheClearRiver on September 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

It’s difficult to forget the articles I read last week (maybe going back to the week before that) where Dems were giving away tickets in bars and buses were being gassed up to go get church members and college kids from South Carolina.

And why didn’t the DNC planners think about this last year? Did Al Gore tell them there’d be absolutely no chance of rain the first week of August in NC? None of this makes sense, except when put in the context of the book, “The Amateur”

Portia46 on September 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Showers and thunderstorms developing by 4pm. Partly cloudy with temperatures slowly falling to near 76F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.

Isolated thunderstorms during the evening. Mainly clear skies after midnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.

Showers and thunderstorms becoming more scattered by 8pm. Decreasing clouds with temperatures cooling into the mid to upper 70s. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 85%.

weather.com for three different Charlotte zip codes.

Akzed on September 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

You’re just a Canadian. It doesn’t matter what you think.

BruthaMan on September 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Damn straight.

Terrye on September 5, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I really hope you guys are adding a big grin and wink for folks like our wonderful friend canopfor!

God Bless Canada and Canadians except drywall. Well, maybe even drywall.

Mary in LA on September 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

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