August 28th, 2008
10:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Crowley: Team Obama wanted a show and it has one

Thousands of Democrats await Obama's acceptance speech.
Thousands of Democrats await Obama's acceptance speech.

DENVER (CNN) – The crowd at Invesco Field is now almost at capacity. Beachballs are being bounced overhead as the crowd does the wave.

Team Obama wanted a show and it has one.

It will be interesting to see how all of this plays outside of the stadium after tonight.

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A familiar name just spoke - Susan Eisenhower, grand daughter of the very Republican late president Dwight (“I like Ike”) Eisenhower.

My colleague Jessica Yellin also just witnessed quite a moment. Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, hugging each other and weeping on this historic night - the anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the night a biracial man accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party.

On top of everything else, a number of military types are currently on stage testifying to Obama's ability to be the next commander in chief.

soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Steve

    I get reminded why I am a Republican watching this circus...Barack yOMama...he tries to say the right thing but those who study him and research know better...

    August 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. Sara

    Love his tie – stripes (left to right) run UP

    Positive thinker.

    Constitutional Scholar. Even tempered. All the good attributes.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. susie

    Same line, different time. Wants to debate McCain, but won't.

    August 28, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. Franky

    I'm gonna tell you right now, the RNC is gonna have some company.......they're gonna have some comp over there.

    Protesters are gonna be there and I'm gonna tell you right now, they're gonna come out swinging...

    August 28, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Jena from Woodbridge

    I don't know why AMERICANS don't like themselves. Finally, we have someone who can help us getting out of 8 years of misery, here all some crazy people critisizing him. DO YOU REALLY LIKE YOURSELF?

    August 28, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  6. Franky

    Just don't say I didn't warned them...

    I'm gonna start leaving now, LOL!!

    Holla!!!

    August 28, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. Paul

    snores....Obama speech is puting me to sleep.

    August 28, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Jena from Woodbridge

    GO OBAMA-BIDEN 08

    August 28, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. chris

    Does Barack actually think that the current administration is going to let any other administration make the final decision on when the troops will leave Iraq? And with the recent escalation of tensions in the former Soviet block of Georgia – can one think the Russians are going to back down from Barack?

    August 28, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. shawn

    a lot of promises is all i hear...i wanted to hear how he plans on doing all his rhetoric but still does not go into any of it... im sorry im not drinking the barack cool aid and he cant do 1/4 of what he says he can and what he can do he wont say how he will

    August 28, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. Lisa

    You can say what you want about experience, change, blah, blah, blah. Sen. Obama is the MAN. This campaign and this convention were run like a clock. Every speaker was on time to the minute, no sound problems, no clitches, just wonderfully run. It is documented that once Sen. Obama won the primary, his team took over the convention. They have run it just like they ran his campaign, smartly and by thinking ahead to anticipated problems.

    This is the leadership team I want in place, with Sen. Obama as its CEO/Leader.

    Obama/Biden '08
    One House
    One Spouse

    p.s. who even cares tomorrow when Sen. McCain names Mitt Romney as his running mate?

    August 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. David W.

    It's all a show. Pump everyone up so they feel good about voting for you. How long will this last?

    August 28, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Bob G.

    20 minutes now and still bashing Mc Cain and now telling us how HE will FIX absolutely everything that is wrong (in his views) with America.

    I am totally impressed – He is the ONE!!

    After tonight he will get a great bounce in the polls – he'll be at least 2 points ahead and then lose it all next week.

    The Real Obama who spurned Hillary will himself get spurned.

    Actually the speech is more of the same old same stuff.

    August 28, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. juli

    This speech of Obama's is way above his pay grade. In other words, it's Liberals Gone Wild. And Joe Biden should go to Church and pray for the forgiveness of sins on his stance for abortion.

    Nothing in the Democratic Party is Real or Credible.

    I am going to be Laughing all the way to the White House, with a wide smile,

    Enjoy it while you can Folks, You Will Lose!!

    Sayonara!

    August 28, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Neel- Toronto

    NO BUSH CAINE
    NO BIG MAC
    NO REP
    THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!!!
    GO BO GO
    GO BO GO

    August 28, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. LouisianaGirl

    Great speech so far, was a Hillary supporter, and skeptical about Obama. Not anymore. He's ready to lead! Bring on November!!!!

    August 28, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. California Gold

    All you who are so annoyed by Obama, why don't you just change channels on your televisions, take a walk, read a book, go fly a kite or do something other than wallow in your anger. It's not healthy.

    August 28, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Ken Walington

    Can you believe that the local cable TV company here in Queen Creek Arizona put a “required test” right in the middle of Obama’s speech? This is sure to let you know where the Democrats stand here.

    August 28, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. mardi

    EXCELLENT ACCEPTANCE SPEECH!

    Hopefully the Republicans can finally put the negative ads to rest. We all know they use the ads to take the focus off of the real issues.

    Go Obama/Biden!

    August 28, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. Jan lL.

    The arrogance of both parties to throw away this much money on stages and props is disgusting, while children suffer for food , shelter health care and education. Our soldiers are being cared for in dumps as hospitals. Women are in need of shelters and our children roam the streets in need of good programs. They try to tell us it's about us, if it were , there would be no need for these outrageous shows.

    August 28, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. M in MN

    The RNC certainly has a lot of paid posters making comment here, but I'd sure like to see the camera cut to Times Square during McCain's speech – I'd bet there wouldn't be a single American (or foreigner) stopping to waste their time on that drivel.

    No way.

    No how.

    No McCain.

    August 28, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  22. Cary

    I am so tired of all the promises that can't be fulfilled. Promises that have no hope of ever coming to fruition. Bush/Cheney has failed in their last 8 years. Plain and simple. But what have they failed at? Poverty is just as bad as is was. Education in the US is among the worst. The economy has turned south. Etc, etc etc. Change? Is that now the new mantra? Go back, 20 years, 30 years. ANY presidential race, and you will find the word change. It is empty rhetoric that falls on eager ears. My point? Its simple. Our two party system plays with its citizens through words and emotions. Always has, always will. Having said that, I will not vote for a person to the MOST important position in our government with 143 days in the Senate.

    August 28, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  23. Val from MA

    I've decided not to watch Obama's speech intentionally. His ego is bigger than the stadium he is using. Sure, it is a historical moment in our country, but it doesn't have to be a theatrical show with Green columns on the podium. What does Green columns have to do with African-Americans and Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech? NOTHING!
    Forgive me, but it is just a show.

    August 28, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. Independant Thinker

    Rock Star

    That extravigance sure could have fed a lot of homeless people.

    August 28, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. Tatjana

    Oh , my goodness , Obama is promising us the blue out of the skies.
    Does any realistic person believe what he is saying , promises , promises and more promises.
    Please , I need to hear how he is going to pay for it .
    This speech did not address fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget to get us back on track , NO.., Obama wants us to believe that we get tax breaks and get more of everything , better healthcare and more services.
    People must be naive and gullible to belive that nonsense.

    August 28, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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