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Blame It on the Rain: No Stadium Speech for Obama


So Obama will not be giving his speech at Bank of America Stadium, and instead will give his speech at the Time Warner arena. The official explanation is fear of thunderstorms.

At this point, the Weather Channel describes the forecast as “30 percent chance of rain” and “isolated thunderstorms.”

Upsides for Obama:

  • No fears of pictures of row upon row of empty chairs.
  • The Democratic party no longer has to pretend that the stadium is called “Panthers Stadium” and ignore the giant signs on the side that say “Bank of America Stadium.”
  • No fear that inclement weather causes some actual risk to life and limb (people slipping on stairs, lightning strikes, etc.) that turns into a distracting story.

Downsides for Obama:

  • The easy metaphor: A downgraded national credit rating, a downgraded economy, a downgraded convention speech venue.
  • The implausibility of the excuse. A local weatherman is tweeting, “Thursday night will likely be the best weather of the entire week. Don’t blame them but could have called it earlier.”
  • The convention has between 60,000 and 74,000 seats (depending upon how it’s set up). The arena holds about 20,000. It’s quite possible that even if attendance was less than Democratic organizers had hoped, a whole bunch of folks will be disappointed that they won’t be able to see the speech in person.

Hey, at least now Obama some very appropriate introduction music.

(Easy lay-up: “You didn’t sing that. Somebody else made that happen.”)

Tags: Barack Obama


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