August 29, 2008 in Politics

Convention Venue

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I am waiting patiently for Senator Obama to take center stage. In the meantime, I am watching the convention coverage and I have mixed feelings. The speeches and entertainment continue to be first rate, but I am not liking this move to the larger venue.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think that it’s great that more people get to see Barack Obama accept the nomination in person. But his real audience are the millions of undecided voters at home who will be watching/listening to the speech at home. These are the people who will ultimately decide this election. Thus, it might have been better to maintain the intimacy and energy of the smaller crowd at the Pepsi Center.
Watching now, I feel like I am viewing a totally different convention — one that is less personal and slightly distant. So here’s hoping that when Barack eventually does take the stage he can keep the crowd fired up and recapture the magic I felt watching the proceedings inside the Pepsi Center.
On a positive note, the audience inside the Invesco Center appears to be a truly diverse one and so maybe just maybe, this will help convince undecided voters that Senator Obama’s policies and hope for America really does have broad appeal.

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