From Karen, the Lonely Conservative:
September 1, 2012
According to The Hill, people working on the Obama campaign say they have no doubt they will fill the stadium in Charlotte, NC for President Obama’s big speech Thursday night.
Team Obama promises it will fill every one of the seats in Charlotte’s mammoth football stadium Thursday night when President Obama closes the Democratic National Convention with a speech accepting his party’s nomination.
For weeks, Democrats have been concerned about filling Bank of America Stadium, home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. They feared a devastating image of an enthusiasm gap if Obama spoke to empty upper decks at the venue.
But the Obama campaign says it’s got it covered, and that all 73,778 of the stadium’s seats will be spoken for. The campaign also insists this success will showcase a ground operation that will help Obama win North Carolina for a second cycle in a row this November.
“We’re confident we’ll be full,” Jen Psaki, the traveling Obama press secretary, told The Hill late last week. “We have a great ground operation in North Carolina and we’ve registered more voters than any other state.
The article goes on to note that they were giving tickets to people who volunteered and worked on the campaign. I guess that didn’t work out so well, because yesterday they were handing out free tickets at bars.
In addition to worrying about filling seats, they also must be a little concerned about the weather. There’s at least a 30% chance of thunderstorms every day of the convention. Boy, wouldn’t that be a shame?
I’m sure that they will fill that stadium, even if they have to truck in illegal immigrants to fill the stands. But, let’s face facts: Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States, and he will get over 60,000,000 votes this November; more than sixty million Americans, living and dead, will be foolish enough to cast their votes to re-elect the President. Absent something truly unexpected, this election will be very close, and it is certainly possible that Mr Obama will be re-elected.
But one thing we won’t see is a repeat of the 2008 Greek columns background. Thomas Fitzgerald, a politics writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote:
Democrats have not yet unveiled the stage design for the football stadium in Charlotte, where President Obama will accept the party’s nomination Thursday for a second term, but you can take one thing to the bank: no Greek columns.
Those trappings of the 2008 convention in Denver were mocked then, but similar grandiosity now would just look cruel, with both the country and Obama in a difficult place.
The public mood is somber, with supermajorities of Americans telling pollsters they think the nation is on the wrong track. The tingle, that sense of being part of a historic movement that propelled Obama four years ago, has dissipated.
Now, he seems an ordinary politician, less the superman of “hope and change” who promised he was going to begin to save the planet from climate change, heal partisan divisions, and make America a proud world leader again.
More realistically, it’s because the Democrats don’t want to remind Americans that under President Obama’s fine leadership and economic stewardship, the United States is marching steadily down the road the Greeks took in their brave march toward bankruptcy and (multiple) bailouts. Mr Fitzgerald continued that the President has to try to “make the case that the economy would have been worse without his policies, and to ask for more time.” In other words, he is going to try to redefine failure as success, and hope that actually works. Since a major part of the Democratic coalition consists of the least intelligent and least educated among the population, maybe he figures that can actually work.
From William Teach of The Pirate’s Cove:
September 1, 2012 – 11:00 am
Caught this one earlier on the Daily Caller, didn’t want to post back to back posts from same source.
President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.
His praise for the soldiers —and for his own national-security policies —won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the cavernous aircraft-hanger.
The audience remains quiet even when the commander-in-chief thanked the soldiers’ families, and cited the 198 deaths of their comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit a reaction from the crowd.
Perhaps they’re a bit put out by Obama’s policies towards the military and that Obama keeps talking about himself, as well as giving himself pats on the back? Naa, they’re probably all just raaaaacists.
Similarly, his declaration that “around the world there’s a new attitude toward America, a new confidence in our leadership” yielded only silence, while his next sentence —“When people are asked ‘Which country do you admire most?’ one nation always comes out on top, the United States of America” —prompted relative enthusiasm.
So, the soldiers and their families weren’t particularly impressed with Obama’s “leadership”. Surprise! Unsurprisingly, several media outlets cut their coverage early, as did the White House feed. Nice Deb has a few thoughts, as well as video.
More: it could be also that Obama did his standard “it’s not my fault/blamestorming” schtick.
For whatever reasons the troops have, it seems as though the troops have a bit less respect for their Commander-in-Chief than he might have hoped. Of course, part of the reason might be as Hube noted on The Colossus of Rhodey:
Just like the Al Gore campaign attempted to disqualify military ballots in Florida in 2000, the Boss Obama campaign in 2012 has won the first round in nixing early voting for military personnel in Ohio. (Or, as Boss Obama spells it, “O-I-H-O”)
Via ALa at Blonde Sagacity, I found this article:
US President Barack Obama cancelled three operations to kill Osama bin Laden before finally going ahead with the mission at the insistence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new book has claimed.
The damning allegations are mentioned in a new book: ‘Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him’, written by journalist Rich Miniter.1 Miniter has cited an unnamed source within the Joint Special Operations Command who revealed that three ‘kill’ missions were cancelled by Obama in January, February and March 2011.
According to the Daily Mail, Bin Laden was eventually killed by US Navy SEALs inside his compound in Abbotobad, Pakistan in May 2011. According to the report, Obama has already come under fire from former SEALs for boasting of his role in the raid. In his book, Miniter has portrayed Clinton as the main force behind killing bin Laden. Miniter has claimed that it was top adviser Valerie Jarrett, a long-time Chicago ally, who urged Obama to cancel the first three operations to kill bin Laden, the report said.
Miniter said that Clinton’s alliances with Leon Panetta, then CIA director and now Pentagon chief, and David Petraeus, then head of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan and now at the helm at the CIA, played critical roles in bringing bin Laden to justice. Minister, in his book, said that Obama was ‘studiously undecided’ about whether to kill the mastermind of 9/11.
“He refused to weigh in or commit himself on even small matters related to a possible strike on bin Laden,” the book said. “Obama feared taking responsibility for a risky raid that might go tragically wrong,” Miniter wrote in his book. Miniter said that even the day before bin Laden’s demise, Obama was seized by a ‘fourth moment of indecision’, the report said.
Naturally, the White House stated that Mr Miniter’s reporting is just plain wrong, but they would naturally issue such a denial even if the story is true, and the reporter’s curriculum vitae is very strong.
Is it true? Well, who knows: Mr Miniter’s unnamed source inside the Joint Special Operations Command could have been misinformed, could have had a personal axe to grind, or could have been completely accurate. It is very reminiscent of President Clinton’s reluctance to kill Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, or take him into custody when the Sudan offered because he was concerned that we couldn’t try and convict him in federal District Court.
Your Editor does not know if Mr Miniter’s account is accurate, though he would prefer to believe it. President Obama’s leadership has been so poor in everything else that it is an easy story to believe, but the decision go or no go is actually a very simple one, simple enough that even a Chicago community organizer could have taken it.
Robert Stacy McCain writes on The Other McCain:
Posted on | September 1, 2012 |
As Antoine Dodson might say, “They be snatchin’ people up out here and raping ‘em” — Democrat congressional staffers, that is:
A former senior congressional aide was indicted this week in D.C. Superior Court on charges that he sexually assaulted two women after drugging them with a sedative that he allegedly put in their drinks.
Donny Ray Williams Jr., 36, who served as staff director for a Senate subcommittee and worked in the offices of several members of Congress, gave at least one woman Ambien and assaulted her while she was unconscious, according to court papers.
Williams was charged with 10 counts of first- and second-degree sexual abuse and related charges in connection with attacks that authorities said occurred between July and December 2010. During that time, according to his profile on the LinkedIn Web site, Williams was staff director of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee.
Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard reports that Williams worked for multiple Democrats, including Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, and also worked a year and a half (April 2009-October 2010) in the Obama administration.
(Hat-tip: Donald Douglas at American Power.)
Is there any doubt that this would have been a screaming page 1 headline if the accused had been a congressional staffer working for Republicans?
Finally, Sister Toldjah has several articles up concerning the protests getting ready to form around the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Sis lives in Charlotte, and North Carolina’s most beautiful blogger — sorry, William Teach, but you’d be worried if I thought you were cuter than Sis anyway! — and she’s planning on keeping us all informed about the shenanigans around the convention.
@dana_tfsj yes. Am going to try to get uptown at least 1 day, depending on traffic/parking. Lots of Twitter pix already floating around:)
— Sister Toldjah (@sistertoldjah) September 1, 2012
If I can figure out how, I’ll embed Sis’ Twitter feed in the sidebar for the duration of the convention. But I’d strongly recommend keeping track on her blog during this coming week.
- Link to the book was not part of the Indian Express original, but was added by the Editor. ↩