Obama gives regrets for speech venue change

SHARE Obama gives regrets for speech venue change

Speaking on a conference call, President Barack Obama gave his regrets Thursday to supporters who won’t see his address because looming thunderstorms forced convention organizers to move his speech indoors.

“I regret that we’re not all gathering in one place to deliver my acceptance speech tonight,” he during the call, Politico reports. But, he said, “I could not ask you, our volunteers, our law enforcement, first responders to subject themselves to the risks of severe thunderstorms.”

Roughly 65,000 people had tickets — and 19,000 more were wait-listed — to hear him accept the Democratic presidential nomination at Bank of American Stadium, an outdoor venue where the NFL’s Carolina Panthers play.

But organizers said Wednesday a forecast including the chance of thunderstorms prompted them to move the speech inside, to Time Warner Cable Arena where convention events were already held this week.

“We can’t let a little thunder and lightning get us down,” Obama said on his call, according to Politico. “We’re going to have to roll with it.”

Capacity at the indoor arena will be much smaller, Charlotte’s WCNC-TV reports.

The Latest
Sociopaths are never at a loss to explain their bad behavior. The mystery is why some people believe them.
Juan Roldon was arrested less than an hour after the attack and charged with criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint.
The first lady had been vacationing with President Joe Biden in South Carolina when she began experiencing symptoms on Monday.
The teen, whose name wasn’t released, was arrested in Maywood about an hour after the attack.
Cup-like orecchiette pasta is perfect for catching the lightly creamy sauce, though penne works well, too.