Revenge of the empty chairs!
So much for the possibility of thousands of unintentionally “Eastwooding” empty chairs at President Obama’s Bank of America Stadium acceptance speech tomorrow night.
It now appears that the venue where President Obama is to formally accept the Democratic nomination for President has been changed to a significantly smaller one. Officials at the DNC are citing weather concerns as their reason for the change. From Politico:
Democratic officials confirm to POLITICO that President Obama’s prime time address will be moved indoors to the Time Warner Center.
The Thursday address was scheduled to be at Bank of America stadium — an outdoor venue with more than 70,000 seats. But forecasts are predicting thunderstorms, forcing a last minute change in venue.
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.
In a statement, the DNC organizing committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said: “The energy and enthusiasm for our convention in Charlotte has been overwhelming and we share the disappointment of over 65,000 people who signed up for community credentials to be there with the President in person. We encourage our community credential holders and Americans across the country to continue to come together with their friends and neighbors to watch and participate in history. The President will speak to these credential holders on a national conference call tomorrow afternoon, and we will work with the campaign to ensure that those unable to attend tomorrow’s event will be invited to see the President between now and election day.”
So, it turns out empty chairs really were a main concern for Obama. Interesting.
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) September 5, 2012
Weather update for Charlotte tomorrow: Partly gloomy with a large chance of Eastwooding is.gd/A1924K
— EdMorrissey (@EdMorrissey) September 5, 2012
After promising to speak at Bank of America stadium rain or shine, Team Obama is moving inside. Troubles filling the seats?
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) September 5, 2012
h/t to commenter for this:
#EmptyStadiumDay official hashtag of Obama acceptance speech
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) September 5, 2012