BARACK OBAMA’S speech in 2008 at Invesco Field in Denver was something else. I was there and it was a raucous political revival. People sang, chanted and wept. This year will be different for a lot of reasons, especially with the venue shifted to a smaller stadium due to weather.
With the word “God” omitted from the party platform, which has caused a furor on the right, replaced by the word faith, which evidently doesn’t compute, the jokes from religious conservatives write themselves in a never ending stream. If Obama had been rained on it would have been epic.
Faith has always been a central part of the American story, and it has been a driving force of progress and justice throughout our history. We know that our nation, our communities, and our lives are made vastly stronger and richer by faith and the countless acts of justice and mercy it inspires. Faith-based organizations will always be critical allies in meeting the challenges that face our nation and our world – from domestic and global poverty, to climate change and human trafficking. People of faith and religious organizations do amazing work in communities across this country and the world, and we believe in lifting up and valuing that good work, and finding ways to support it where possible. We believe in constitutionally sound, evidence-based partnerships with faith-based and other non-profit organizations to serve those in need and advance our shared interests. There is no conflict between supporting faith-based institutions and respecting our Constitution, and a full commitment to both principles is essential for the continued flourishing of both faith and country. – Democratic Party Platform
Chuck Todd closed his show with the breaking news earlier today. From Politico:
Campaign officials have been saying all week that the event would go forward “rain or shine” — but reversed themselves Wednesday.
The move has an upside for the campaign, which has reportedly struggled to fill all the seats in the massive outdoor arena. Still, the arena only has a capacity of just over 20,000 — meaning that tens of thousands of potential supporters will be denied the opportunity to see Obama speak.
There will be all sorts of stories on this today, including many claims that Obama-Biden couldn’t fill the massive Bank of American stadium. But nothing compares to what would happen if in the middle of Pres. Obama’s speech thunder rang out and a downpour ensued, leaving drenched supporters watching Pres. Obama in a deluge.