Skip to comments.Obama likely to skip balloon drop after nomination speech
Posted on 09/05/2012 2:16:56 PM PDT by kingattax
CHARLOTTE -- At political conventions, balloon drops usually produce iconic images of presidential nominees frolicking with their families in a sea of red, white and blue balloons triumphantly raining down on the arena stage.
But Democratic sources tell Fox News this is one tradition President Obama will likely now have to skip after officials at the Democratic National Convention decided to move his Thursday night acceptance speech from the 65,000-seat outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the much-smaller indoor Time Warner Cable Arena, citing weather concerns.
If you're standing on the main floor of the Time Warner center and look up, you'll notice there are no balloons caged up against the ceiling waiting to be released on Thursday night. That's because the president was supposed to deliver his remarks at the outdoor stadium, and letting out thousands of balloons into the open air would not have made any sense.
Instead officials were originally planning to dramatically launch fireworks into the sky along with reams of confetti. The fireworks obviously cannot be used indoors, and officials say it's highly unlikely they will now be able to order thousands of blown-up balloons at the last minute.
Then there's what do with Earth, Wind, and Fire as well as James Taylor and a slew of other entertainers who were supposed to command the attention of 65,000 people for almost an entire day while the crowd waited for the Obama speech.
Now those folks need to be scrunched into a much shorter indoor program -- which is going to spark a lot of last-minute tinkering
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They’re going to drop condoms and food stamps instead.
They are now adding God and Jerusalem back to the platform.No celebrating.
Couldn’t he just take one ballon and multiply it into hundreds? After all he is the “messiah.”
They are cancelling the balloon drop because it would scare the V.P.
This is sooooo funny. All because Zero couldn’t fill a stadium this time around.
I prayed that there would be a deluge of a rain storm on Thursday, BUT, I think the Dems prayed also so they would have an excuse for showing a half empty stadium. I’M LOVING THIS.
Dems can’t do a good balloon drop anyway.
Watch him call it an environmental issue.
Rush said they decided to move out of the stadium after the Eastwood speech. All those empty seats...
Really? Can't they ask the labor goons to blow up the balloons? I thought Democrats like this blowing business. Ask tonight's main speaker.
They should drop kitty litter.
They should drop kitty litter. (It would help cover the bullscat)
The crew blew up the balloons but no on will let them in.
Because of the DIMocRATs’ penchant for “blowing”, I’d think they would have no problem blowing-up tens of thousands of balloons.
LOL! I hadn’t thought of that angle.
The DemonRATs slapped God in the face so hard they didn’t want to risk being struck by lightning in the outdoor stadium. God is having his fun anyway. The DemonRATs don’t get their balloon drop. WAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaa!
I'm sure that's in one of the regulations he has decreed to protect the children.
It’s not like he decided to, they changed from outdoor stadium and fireworks to a one-quarter size indoor arena, and they never planned on it inside, and didn’t order any balloons in the first place.
Do muslims have something against balloons?
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