Outside with Barry

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I guess we can forget a Democratic National Convention sequel with Barack Obama. Well, at least a sequel INSIDE the convention hall. Obama made a name for himself in 2004 giving a speech inside the old FleetCenter in Boston. It looks like he’s taking his act outdoors later this year in Denver. 75,000 adoring, screaming supporters filling the Denver Broncos stadium. Obama’s Campaign Manager David Plouffe sent out this email to supporters:

Dave —

I wanted you to be the first to hear the news. At the Democratic National Convention next month, we’re going to kick off the general election with an event that opens up the political process the same way we’ve opened it up throughout this campaign. Barack has made it clear that this is your convention, not his. On Thursday, August 28th, he’s scheduled to formally accept the Democratic nomination in a speech at the convention hall in front of the assembled delegates. Instead, Barack will leave the convention hall and join more than 75,000 people for a huge, free, open-air event where he will deliver his acceptance speech to the American people. It’s going to be an amazing event, and Barack would like you to join him. Free tickets will become available as the date approaches, but we’ve reserved a special place for a few of the people who brought us this far and who continue to drive this campaign. If you make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the convention, meet Barack backstage, and watch his acceptance speech in person. Each of the ten supporters who are selected will be able to bring one guest to join them. Make a donation now and you could have a front row seat to history: https://donate.barackobama.com/yourconvention We’ll follow up with more details on this and other convention activities as we get closer, but please take a moment and pass this note to someone you know who might like to be there. It will be an event you’ll never forget.

Thank you,



  • Mikvogel

    Dave,The most interesting thing about the scheduling of the Democratic Convention and their Thursday night speech is that it directly conflicts with College Football’s Season Opening Game this year. There’s going to be a lot of voters tuning into their favorite team as opposed to MSNBC- look at the slate for the 28th (including ISU):Thursday, August 287:00 PM Northeastern at Ball State7:00 PM UTEP at Buffalo7:00 PM Eastern Illinois at Central Michigan7:00 PM Indiana State at Eastern Michigan7:30 PM Hofstra at Connecticut7:30 PM Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech 7:30 PM Vanderbilt at Miami (OH) 7:30 PM Eastern Kentucky at Cincinnati 7:30 PM Charleston Southern at Miami (FL)7:30 PM Troy at Middle Tennessee 8:00 PM South Dakota State at Iowa State 8:00 PM Wake Forest at Baylor 8:00 PM North Carolina State at South Carolina9:00 PM Oregon State at StanfordThe Repub’s on the other hand face an extremely light slate of games on Thursday the 4th:8:00 PM Nicholls State at New Mexico State8:30 PM South Carolina at VanderbiltAll my best,Mike Vogel

  • Dave Price

    Mike,Great points. I hadn’t thought of checking out the tv schedule. As you know, these conventions don’t get nearly the tv time or attention they used to. Of course, they hardly make any news any more. Why don’t they wait and figure out their runningmates during the conventions? It would be so much more interesting. It looks like Obama’s trying to make a little news by thinking “out of the box”…or at least “out of the convention center”.Dave

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