From the outset uptown
What residents did not realize was the checkpoints, vehicle searches and continuously changing traffic patterns that frequently had officials confused about what was accessible and what was not.
Through it all however, there remained a high level of hospitality and congeniality.
From a logistical perspective, several snafus caused angst for DNC organizers that provided plenty of fodder for Democratic opponents.
To begin with, Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium was halted in mid-construction on Wednesday when it was announced that the open-air event was too risky considering the unstable weather patterns that have permeated the convention throughout the week.
The Republicans were forced to cancel the first day of their convention, and the Democrats had to re-schedule the last. In the end, the alterations may have been more damaging to the Democrats.
While Democrats insisted the decision was purely weather related, Republicans countered by saying the star power of Obama was not enough to fill Bank of America Stadium. If Time Warner Cable Arena was any indication, it was not a capacity crowd on Wednesday either, even for Bill Clinton.
Wednesday afternoon brought a bigger embarrassment when Barack Obama called for a change in the party platform to reinstate “God” and “
Other than Bill Clinton, the myriad of speakers who strode to the podium throughout the second night of the convention was lackluster at best. Several times prior to Clinton, the throng of Democratic supporters loudly rose to their feet but much of the commentary was repetitive and, as time went on, tedious.
Much of the star power that many delegates and media members expected was also missing. Radio row which lines the main lobby of the arena was largely filled with radio hosts looking for someone to interview.
For the most part, politicians were conspicuously absent, much less
Shepherd Smith of FOX News reported that the convention was being held in a gym.
Of the media covering the event, FOX and Friends appeared to be having the most fun. Broadcasting outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame throughout the week, the FOX morning program set is many blocks from Time Warner Cable Arena and easily more accessible than the main event.
To be sure, bleary-eyed Democratic delegates would hardly be enticed to observe a broadcast by FOX News, but the morning crew featuring Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade was obviously more relaxed and having more fun than any other media group in the city.
Former governor of
The enthusiasm within Time Warner Cable Arena is alive and well, as expected, almost oblivious to the outside world. Beyond the island of humanity within the city center of
When Barack Obama takes the stage, there will no doubt be comparisons between his oration and that of President Clinton. That much is inevitable.
By Friday morning,
The madding crowds will disappear, and
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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