Democrats move Obama’s big speech from 74,000-seater outdoor stadium to 20,000-seater indoor arena

UPDATE – DNC changed venue to indoor arena today…..afraid of ‘empty chairs’?

By Toby Harnden via Daily Mail

Democrats  are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama accepting his party’s  nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor  arena and citing ‘severe weather’.

 

The  Obama campaign have been working desperately to ensure that the 74,000-seater  Bank of America stadium in Charlotte would be filled.

Buses for students from across North Carolina and even members of black churches in  neighboring South Carolina have been arranged.

Footage  of rows of empty seats at the stadium, home  of the Carolina Panthers, as Obama speaks on  Thursday night would be politically disastrous – an enduring image of the  contrast between his campaign of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ in 2008 and his dour,  negative struggle for re-election in 2012.

Now,  it looks like the weather has come to the President’s rescue.

As  officials prepare to open the Democratic convention this afternoon, there are  strong indications that the speech will be moved to Time Warner Cable Arena,  which has a capacity of just over 20,000.

Speaking  at a background briefing for the press, a Democratic official said that the  speech would be given in the stadium ‘rain or shine’ before quickly adding a  major caveat.

‘We  do have a contingency plan, though, for lightning or other severe weather,’ he  said. ‘We don’t want to put anyone in harm’s way so that’s really what we’re  looking for, not if it’s going to rain but if it’s going to be really bad.

‘The  reason that we’re not releasing the details on what a move to the arena would  mean until that decision is made we don’t want a lot of conflicting information  out there.

‘But  once that decision is made – if the decision is made – to move, we will make  sure all of the details and we want to make sure all of our supporters know  exactly what is happening if it changes.’

Another  official said that the use of the stadium was being reviewed ‘on an ongoing  basis and we’ll keep you informed on any decision’.

Democratic convention sources have indicated that the  ‘contingency plan’ is at an advanced stage and that a move to the stadium  appears certain.

The  current Weather Underground forecast for Charlotte on Thursday is: ‘Partly  cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 93F with a  heat index of 99F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain  30%.’

Democratic  convention sources have indicated that the ‘contingency plan’ is at an advanced  stage and that a move to the stadium appears certain.

‘It looks like a done deal to me,’ said one convention worker. ‘The decision’s  apparently been taken and it’s just a matter of spinning it as being forced on us by the weather.’

Convention  delegates, party volunteers and Democratic officials gathered in Charlotte would  make up about one-third of a crowd in the Bank of America stadium, which  officials have said would be 65,000 people.

In  2008, when Obama fever was at its height, the then US Senator had no  trouble  filling an 84,000-seater outside stadium in Denver, Colorado. But voter  enthusiasm has waned this time around.

Obama’s  crowds in 2008 were far bigger than in recent months. His largest audience has  been 14,000 at a campaign kick-off rally at Ohio State University in Columbus,  Ohio in May.

Some 13,000 people were at Obama’s rally at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on Sunday.

Read more at Daily Mail

Pinocchio Has Nothing On Obama Campaign – Lies About Romney and Bain Continue

Top Ten Things Obama Has Not Released

By Joel B. Pollak via Breitbart

As the Obama campaign and the media continue to press Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, and to suggest–without a shred of evidence–that he is a “felon,” it is worth noting how much critical information Barack Obama has withheld from view–both as a candidate in 2008, and during his term in office. Here is a Breitbart News top ten list of things that Obama has refused to release (a complete list would fill volumes):

10. State senate papers. In the 2008 primary, Obama criticized Hillary Clinton for not releasing papers from her eight years time as First Lady–but failed to produce any papers from his eight years in Springfield. “They could have been thrown out,” he said.

9. Academic transcripts. His supposed academic brilliance was a major selling point, but Obama (by his own admission) was a mediocre student. His GPA at Occidental was a B-plus at best, and his entering class at Columbia was weak. Can he prove his merit?

8. Book proposal. Obama’s literary agent claimed he was “born in Kenya”–for sixteen years. His original book proposal exists–biographer David Maraniss refers to it–and seems to have embellished other key details of his life. Yet it has never been released.

7. Medical records. In 2000, and again (briefly) in 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain released thousands of pages of his medical records. Obama, who had abused drugs and continued smoking, merely provided a one-page doctor’s note.

6. Small-dollar donors. In 2008, the McCain campaign released the names of donors who had contributed less than $200, though it was not required to do so. But the Obama campaign refused, amidst accusations it had accepted illegal foreign contributions.

5. The Khalidi tape. In 2003, Obama attended a party for his good friend, the radical Palestinian academic Rashid Khalidi. The event featured incendiary anti-Israel rhetoric. The LA Times broke the story, but has refused to release the tape–and so has Obama.

4. The real White House guest list. Touting its transparency, the Obama White House released its guest logs–but kept many visits secret, and moved meetings with lobbyists off-site. It also refused to confirm the identities of visitors like Bertha Lewis of ACORN.

3. Countless FOIA requests. The Obama administration has been described as “the worst” ever in complying with Freedom of Information Act requests for documents. It has also punished whistleblowers like David Walpin, who exposed cronyism in Americorps.

2. Health reform negotiations. Candidate Obama promised that health care reform negotiations would be televised on C-SPAN. Instead, there were back-room deals woth millions with lobbyists and legislators–the details of which are only beginning to emerge.

1. Fast and Furious documents. After months of stonewalling Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder asked President Obama to use executive privilege to conceal thousands of documents related to the deadly scandal–and Obama did just that.

In addition to the above, Obama and his campaign have lied about many facts about his past–his membership in the New Party; his extensive connections with ACORN; and his continued relationship with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, among other examples. Obama’s own memoir is filled with fabrications. And now he is lying about his opponent’s honorable record in business. He–and the media–have no shame.

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Obama And His “Youth Vote” Could Face “Grandparents’ Revenge”

By via Western Journalism

With his support rapidly drying up among almost every group, Barack Obama has turned to the so- called “youth vote.” He has personally visited or sent a representative to 130 college campuses across the country since March 2011. His obvious plan is to use the same lies he told in 2008 to appeal to people who have no life experience and don’t know any better. “They believed it then, maybe they’ll believe it now” is the Obama campaign motto, but is it working? Not yet, and nothing on the horizon suggests it will.

In 2008, whatever Obama told the empty-headed college kids worked. As the quintessential political prostitute, Obama put on ANY dress his customers wanted him to wear. “Lower student loan rates than those evil Republicans want you to have? You bet!” “More free stuff from the government? Coming right up!” “I’m the one you’ve been waiting for, can’t you see that?” “Blah blah blah, hope and change blah blah blah, you know what THAT means don’t you?” They didn’t, but that made no difference because voting for a black man PROVED that their generation was better than their parents’ generation. They ate up Obama’s Hope and Change babble and marched like zombies to vote for a man whom they really had no information about. Obama won their vote 2 to 1.

Today, all of that is gone. A new Gallup survey holds devastating news for Obama and his party regarding the 18 to 29 year old vote: only 60% are registered to vote, and of that, only 56% report they are likely to vote in November. Since that’s 56% of 60%, Obama is getting just 35% of the youth vote. That fact renders the “youth vote” that still goes 2 to 1 for Obama meaningless at best.

At the other end of the age scale, 92% of those 65 and over are registered to vote, and 86% of them are “definitely” voting in November. When they do, they will be voting 52/40 for Mitt Romney.

Obama’s empty “Hope and Change” produced three miserable results: it kept college graduates out of work, it put their parents out of work, and it forced their grandparents back to work.

With 50% of recent college graduates out of work and Wal Marts staffed by people who either had to return to work or were never able to retire since Obama came to office, these numbers are likely to get worse for Obama and better for Romney.

Call this what you’d like, but “Grandparents’ revenge” sounds about right.

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Big Brother Barack

By Judson Phillips

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This has got to be one of the creepiest stories in recent  times.

From The White House Dossier:

The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website.

The effort could help the Obama campaign build a database that would enable it to target Republican voters during the general election campaign. But, more perniciously, it could also become part of an Democratic effort to influence Republican primary voters to select a candidate Democrats think Obama could most easily defeat.

The Democratic National Committee last month released a video that seemed designed to damage Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate feared most by the Obama campaign.

The Obama information collection effort is cast under the mischievous guise of asking Obama supporters to “have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life” by signing them up to get an email from the Obama campaign ribbing them for having “inspired” the Obama supporter to donate.

The result, however, is that the Obama campaign gets a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions.

This story pegs the creepy meter on so many levels.  First, it is almost Nazi like, asking people to turn in their friends.  This isn’t the first time the Obama regime has done something like this.

What is Obama going to do with those emails?  Human Events has one idea.

Who knows what Team Obama will do with its new crowd-sourced enemies list?  Their warehouse contains an endless supply of spam, as anyone unlucky enough to draw their attention can tell you.  As Keith Koffler of White House Dossier notes, the Obama campaign will end up with “a new trove of Republican email addresses that it could never have collected through voluntary submissions.”

But even if they do nothing except squirt out a single electronic taunt, is it really appropriate for the President of the United States to be targeting American citizens for holiday insults?  Would one of you Obama drones like to amuse us by feeding us some more crap about how this guy is a unifying, healing figure?

And of all the times he could have done this, did Obama really have to take a dump on the Christmas spirit of love and hope, by launching a mean-spirited propaganda campaign virtually guaranteed to end a few friendships?  This man could not understand America less if he had just tumbled out of a flying saucer yesterday.

Does anyone remember Operation Chaos from 2008?  Rush Limbaugh encouraged Republican voters to cross over and keep the Democratic Primary alive by voting for Hillary Clinton.   Could Obama be planning something similar for the GOP primary?

It is one thing for a private citizen to plan something like this, it is another for it to be the President of the United States.

No matter how you slice this, it is really creepy and as John Hayward over at Human Events said, this guy could not understand America even less if he fell out of a flying saucer.