Obama Speech Moved from 74,000 Seat Stadium to Smaller Arena Due to “Lightning Threat” – 9/5/12 UPDATE: Video Report Added
As we thought yesterday was about to happen
Bank of America “Panther” Stadium to the much smaller 20,000 seat Time Warner indoor area. The excuse: Threat of lightning, but Democrats have been terrified they might not be able to fill the stadium to hear Obama:
As we thought yesterday was about to happen, the Barack Obama Campaign has announced they will move President Obama’s Thursday Night Convention acceptance speech from the 74,000 seat
UK DAILY MAIL: Democrats have announced that President Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will move from the vast Bank of America stadium to the much-smaller Time Warner indoor arena.
While organizers blamed worsening weather forecasts, the switch means that Obama has avoided the possibility of having to accept his party’s nomination before a partially-empty stadium.
‘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 convention chief Steve Kerrigan.
But convention sources exclusively told the MailOnline on Tuesday that the real reason for the switch was fears within the Obama campaign that there would be large numbers of empty seats in the 74,000-seater stadium. The Time Warner arena has a capacity of just over 20,000.
‘It looks like a done deal to me,’ a convention worker told MailOnline on Tuesday. ‘The decision’s apparently been taken and it’s just a matter of spinning it as being forced on us by the weather.’ . . . Read More
Obama Speech Moved to Smaller Venue abcn.ws/Q7Wqvx— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 5, 2012
30% chance of rain… drudge.tw/NRzS1M— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) September 5, 2012
Exactly RT @dloesch: If Democrats could get a shot of 70k Obama fans braving a 20% chance of rain just to see him, they would. Believe that.— EdMorrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 5, 2012
local weather forecaster RT @wxbrad Icould see rain or storms during the afternoon 2-6pm but speech is at 10 right? Won’t be an issue then.— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 5, 2012
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! RT @freddoso Obama camp: We could have filled Bank of America Stadium— Chris Estep (@EstepsAmerica) September 5, 2012
Obama camp: We could have filled Bank of America Stadium: bit.ly/OXnOP3— David Freddoso (@freddoso) September 5, 2012
BREAKING: Standard & Poor’s has downgraded Obama’s convention speech venue from 74,000 to 20,000.— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) September 5, 2012