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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With President Obama’s speech Thursday being moved inside, it’s not only affecting those already at the convention, but also people here, who were planning to make the trip to Charlotte for the speech.

65,000 people with community credentials, who planned to watch the president’s speech in person Thursday will have to cancel their trip to the Queen City because of possible inclement weather. Wednesday, WWAY spoke with a few who say the change could be a good thing.

“I was kind of disappointed,” says Andrea Brodman, an Obama campaign fellow in Wilmington. “At first I didn’t believe it.”

More than 1,000 volunteers and free ticket holders who have community credentials are from the Wilmington area. Though upset at first, some are looking at the positive side.

“There’s going to be so many resources that we had allocated towards that and now it’s like we’re all still here and we’re all still really fired up about it,” says Dakota Cary, a UNCW student and Obama campaign fellow in Wilmington.

Many of the volunteers had to work at least 27 hours to qualify for the credential, helping out with the Obama campaign locally, who had planned to either caravan to the DNC or ride in rented buses. The others ticket holders got their credentials first come first serve. Now with the speech moved inside, volunteers say this can also be a chance to gain support through holding watch parties.

“Because I’m back here and the other volunteers who aren’t going anymore are going to be here and we can get all our friends to watch as well,” Brodman says.

“Just straight grass roots,” Cary says. “Everyone from the dorm coming together and watching the president speak.”

According to the North Carolina Obama campaign spokesman, the president plans to hold a conference call with the community credential holders prior to Thursday night’s speech.
“Just straight grass roots,” Cary says. “Everyone from the dorm coming together and watching the president speak.”

According to the North Carolina Obama campaign spokesman, the President plans to hold a conference call with the community credential holders prior to Thursday night’s speech.

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