Democrats took the extraordinary step of moving President Barack Obama’s speech at the party’s convention from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium to a smaller arena over concerns of bad weather:
After days of bad weather, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and Democratic National Convention organizers have decided to change the venue of the president’s acceptance speech Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Instead of holding the final night at the Bank of America stadium as planned, the event will move indoors to the Time Warner Cable arena, where the first two days of the convention have taken place.
“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 DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan.
Officials had already handed out 65,000 tickets for the event at the Bank of America stadium, but the Time Warner Cable Arena-home to NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats-can seat up to 21,000. As a result, thousands will be turned away.
Republicans had their own weather-related issues during their convention as Tropical Storm Isaac forced cancellation of the first day’s events. However, looking at the weather report for Charlotte tonight, there is only a 30% chance of thunderstorms. In fact, today is supposed to be the best night of the week for the area as far as weather is concerned. Anyone who has spent time in the South knows that it can ran at just about any point during the day during summer.
Perhaps the more likely factor, as has been speculated, is that Team Obama was going to have trouble filling up the stadium. Some say that this isn’t a big deal and is just another meme with which to have a laugh at Obama’s expense. Yeah, so? While there would have been no shortage of enthusiasm in those who did come out, the prospect of empty seats on national television would have diminished the mythical view of President Obama’s “greatness” that Democrats often purport. That’s good for a laugh in my book.