Obama Tries Frantically To Fill Seats for DNC Speech at BoA Stadium
The Democrats have a monumental task ahead of them. They have determined to fill the 74,000-seat Bank of America stadium so as to “seek populist feel for major Obama speech.” To do so, the town of Charleston, North Carolina would have to muster up 1/10 of its population – not an easy task, even if the President is giving the tickets out for free. Maybe the event could come with free soup lines to entice an audience and get that populist feel for which it is going.
Although the President-elect filled stadiums regularly during the 2008 presidential bid, he has avoided the stadiums since his policies were implemented in staunch reflection of his predecessor’s, George W. Bush, policies. That he is an agent of Wall Street, essentially, and he will not question his military generals, keeping to himself while the military-industrial complex continues its planetary amok running. After having overseen the steepest decline in income since the Great Depression, a continuation of terrorist wars of aggression geared towards the expansion of Empire and his own going gray under the heavy pressure of a nation that has gone from the saved to the sacrificed as Wall Street fleeces the country, bringing to the US IMF and World Bank style “shock medicine” that inevitably always kills the patient until they are resuscitated and forever kept in a vegetable-state feeding on a drip-IV of Wall Street subservience.
Not only is it uncomfortable that his nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention next Thursday will be in a football stadium called Bank of America stadium at a time when suspicion of banker malfeasance is at all time high in the country. This is the President under which many US banks came under intense scrutiny by state, federal and international agencies. Barack Obama’s presidency is the Libor Presidency, in which $500 trillion of decrepit and dark corruption were uncovered on his watch. Surely, Barack Obama has not been kind only to Bank of America, but also to the concept of a Wall Street in general, passing massive bureaucratic legislation which has only served the further expansion of the US federal government and therefore the Too Big To Fail-Bailout cyclops of fascism.
It is also uncomfortable that, upon announcing that the Democratic National Convention wishes to fill the 74,000 seats at the stadium, one has to wonder: Can Obama fill it like
Regardless, the president’s team, task before them, is setting out to do the impossible: launch an already-elected President’s career to the life of two entire NFL football teams. Make no mistake, the President does not put a high value on his own oratory, as the leading tactic is to simply give the tickets away. In fact, the president’s team, according to Reuters, “is working hard to…distribute free tickets at campaign offices in Charlotte, North Carolina,”where BoA Stadium is located.
According to Reuters, “Residents of neighboring states Virginia and South Carolina will travel to Charlotte as well to fill up spots at the Bank of America.” As SV went to press, the residents were not being bussed in by the government.
“We don’t think we’re going to have turnout problems,” one Obama campaign official-believer said. “It’s clearly a great opportunity for us to get more people involved.”
The convention opens this coming Tuesday at the Time Warner Cable Arena and on Thursday will shift to the football stadium for what will be Obama’s largest campaign event thus far.
Millions are anticipated to watch on television. A full stadium is imperative for the illusion of “Forward” that the Obama campaign had borrowed from cult of personalities past. Without a full stadium, it will be obvious that, yet again, the excitement for a President after four years has hardened like a childhood belief that the adult is unwilling to give up on no matter how wrong it may be. The President might be re-elected, but after one-term his public image is shot.
Will we have a repeat of Obama’s Denver Broncos’ football stadium speech to a packed crowdof 76,000 ?
No. We will not. Obama nor Romney have a shed of integrity left in the hearts and minds of most the population. Congress suffers an approval rating of under 10% and confidence in the US Dollar as an applicable medium of exchange is fading. That’s why neither candidate can fill stadiums. The American public is not interested in “cult of personality” figures for an extended period of time. Yes, they get caught up in the emotion of a time – perhaps what makes these sorts of cultural expressions so dangerous – but they will not stay fooled for very long, until the next hopey President comes along.
In 2008, the United States did something big. It went against its long history of racism and voted for a dark-skinned candidate whose pomp and rhetoric portrayed him as an educator, a laidback spirit who, under intense pressure, wouldn’t blow up a country and kill innocent people, who would not sign the NDAA ensuring the continuance of unlawful detention with no right to a trial. That was what the people saw in John McCain. But, with their vote, they got what they should have expected: a bought-and-paid for candidate. Yes, in 2008 Americans voted for a man whose middle name was “Hussein,” and yes they voted for a man with a last name that sounds a lot like “Osama,” but what they got was somebody who might as well have been called Prescott Bush Bill Clinton.
During 2008, 200,000 people showed up to hear him speak in Berlin, something he can only aspire towards in the form dollars he makes at the banking job he assumes in 2013 or 2017 respectively if his fate is similar to Blair or Sarkozy’s. His re-election effort has not drawn the large numbers and big venues of four years ago. The honeymoon is over. During a recent bus tour of Iowa, President Obama spoke to some crowds as small as a few hundred.
From celebrity to politician, Barack Obama has lived political stages equivalent of platinum-album selling superstar to nasty cocaine and alcohol binge. The fall from grace is so dramatic, that Republicans believe the administration will have to “spend an incredible amount of resources to fill up that stadium.”
Obama’s first major rally in May took place in an 18,300-person arena in Ohio with entire balconies of empty rows. The administration maintained 14,000 people attended. If the stadium in Denver, which Obama filled in 2008 was indeed filled at its 76,000 person occupancy, that means the dropoff in May of 2012 from Fall of 2008 was about 80%.