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CHARLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — President Barack Obama will not talk to a football stadium full of supporters this time around. The Democratic National Convention Committee announced this morning that the president’s acceptance speech scheduled for Thursday night at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium will move indoors because of the threat of severe weather.

“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,” DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a news release.

Convention organizers said last week they had a contingency plan in case weather became an issue, but they would not release the plan until it was needed. That happened today. A White House source told WWAY this morning that he had known of the decision “for a while,” but wasn’t sure when it would be made public.

At a morning press briefing, convention and campaign officials said the decision to move Thursday’s convention programming inside Time Warner Cable Arena means as many as 65,000 people who had gotten community credentials to attend the president’s speech would be shut out. Most of those people are in the Carolinas, including a group that planned to fill several buses to make the trip to Wilmington.

The DNCC said President Obama will address community credential holders in a conference call Thursday. Credential holders will get an e-mail with more information. Convention organizers encouraged people who had planned to attend the speech to take part in watching parties at home.

While Democrats say the decision to move the speech is based purely on weather and safety, critics say it also has to do with whether Mr. Obama can fill the stadium, as he did during his 2008 DNC acceptance speech in Denver.

“Enthusiasm for President Obama is so low that he’s being forced to downgrade his convention events left and right,” RNC spokesman Matt Connelly said in a statement. “First the DNC had to cancel their opening event at Charlotte Motor Speedway due to low enthusiasm. Now President Obama is being forced to move his acceptance speech to a smaller venue just to avoid the embarrassment of speaking to an empty stadium.”

The decision to stay inside also means Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor in North Carolina, will now speak to a likely smaller crowd than expected. Dalton is scheduled to speak to delegates early Thursday evening.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you for telling the truth. It is so sad that people line up to be brainwashed by these idiots on a daily basis… Whats even more sad is the fact that these people simply had these ideas before ever listening to these radio/tv personalities… These guys prey on that mindset and push you over the edge… I wish people would wake up!

2015 years 8 months ago

As if Limbo, O’Really, Hansanity, & Huckleberry have a clue.

2015 years 8 months ago

Don’t forget mormon mad man Glenn Beck and his cronies. Then you have the people who just won’t listen to anything that resembles change or progress like Andrew Wilkow.

The far right wingers really have to be the most paranoid people I have ever met. They feel like if someone says even the slightest thing about doing something progressive they will catch on fire.

As far as the idiots you mentioned above..

O’Reilly will just tell you to shut-up when he can’t think of a valid argument.

Hannity will just howl like a rooster anytime you say anything against Romney or any Republican for that matter – because “they’re always right”…

Limbo is pretty much the culmination of them all. He has no filter for his mouth or his body. Limbo is a substance abuser.

2015 years 8 months ago

Interesting to see the political worship in Charlotte.

The sheepkins want to be led by somebody, anyone who can spin the political platitudes, and the delegates are oh-so eager to hear the kind of messages you would read on a Hallmark card.

I am happy to admit that I do not funnel my political ideology through the Republican or Democratic parties. Both of them are made up of insanely ambitious people who, instead of wanting to serve the public good, are determined to feed their insatiable, gargantian egos.

One thing for sure: the delegates are shallow, and judging from their looks and behavior, tacky as well.

2015 years 8 months ago

The delegates are mindless zombies following there dear leader to the end. Look at the intervue with people that think coporations should not make a profit. There was Democrat delegates there that believe this.

2015 years 8 months ago

Leave it up to the Repubs to try and make something out of nothing. Guess they realize what losers they have in their arena and are grasping for straws anywhere, anyhow they can.

2015 years 8 months ago

I am glad you are this clueless. Please stay in lock-step with Madcow and the other great minds of the Taxocrats (DiCaprio, Clooney, Cheif Bullcrap – Ward Churchill).

2015 years 8 months ago

Anybody buying that load of crap is more delusional then some blind followers of the Democratic Party. Theres nothing wrong with the forecast anymore then there was 4 yrs ago in Denver. The problem is the DNC knows that unlike 4 yrs ago they likely wouldnt be able to fill up the Stadium with supporters and the fear is that visual would be hard to deny with thousands possible well over 10K of empty seats at BOA stadium.

2015 years 8 months ago

The GOP is the only ones talking to empty chairs

2015 years 8 months ago

cough, cough,….Weather, …Right

2015 years 8 months ago

A fertilizer factory would be most appropriate.

Beach Bum
2015 years 8 months ago

easier to make 20k in seats look full than 75k in seats look full.

Wonder if the Secret Service is investigating the quantitative easing efforts by Obama, hmmm? Might be moved to a line item called entitlements…oops, I meant welfare.

Nevermind, rhetorical question.

2015 years 8 months ago

Apparently, they found that most of their core audience did not have the official ID to gain entrance! :) (You know, the ones that don’t need it to vote.)


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