August 28th, 2008
10:15 PM ET
6 years ago

What the TV cameras aren't watching

Barney Smith got the Invesco crowd to its feet.
Barney Smith got the Invesco crowd to its feet.

While TV cameras weren't watching, "ordinary guy" Barney Smith - part of the convention's "American Voices" segment - brought mile-high stadium to its feet.

He told his story of losing the Indiana factory job he'd held for 30 years and then said America needed a president who paid more attention to "Barney Smith" not "Smith Barney."

The crowd leapt to its feet chanting "Barney, Barney!"

soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Joe

    ALL men and women of good faith must rise up for a change enough is enough. Gop and all blood suckers must go!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a challenge to Humanity!, no doubt.
    ALL the lies, ALL the spining, all the blood spill, ALL THE KILLING MUST COMES TO AN END., ALL the war mongers must be stop and put to their place.
    "Whatever goes up must come down" The time is here!
    RISE UP, RISE UP, RISE UP TO HUMANINITY.
    No going back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!now or never

    August 28, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Laura

    I love that story. Barney! Barney!!!

    August 28, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. chitowngal07

    NOT A REPUBLICAN AND NO LONGER A DEMOCRAT SO HERE'S MY TWO BITS:

    I am from Chicago and I can tell you Obama is all talk no substance.....
    Chitowngal waiting for Change.........................................
    waiting...................................................................................
    waiting................................................................................
    still waiting.............................................................................
    what's that Obama want to become President of the U.S. darn better get the rest of the chairs out of the basement so we call all "HOPE" AND WAIT FOR "CHANGE".........................................................
    STILL WAITING HERE IN CHICAGO WHERE HE SUPPOSSEDLY REPRESENTS US FOR A WHOLE FOUR YEARS AND TWO OF THOSE HE HAS SPENT CAMPAIGNING FOR PRESIDENT....................

    WAITING................................................................................

    August 28, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. Scott Winter

    That's funny. I saw it. I saw it all on PBS. It was brilliant. It's a shame you people missed it.

    August 28, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Lim

    Obama is full of hot air. That is why he started running for
    the POTUS two years into his first 6-year term in the Senate.
    If he had waited longer, say 2012 or 2016, people will have
    realized that he really would not accomplish anything of
    substance. Just ask the people from Illinois about Obama
    record!

    August 28, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. Sara

    CNN Censors positive Obama comments

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 28, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  7. nic

    Just because CNN isn't showing it during their coverage doesn't mean the cameras aren't watching it...

    August 28, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  8. Toot

    As a Hillary supporter and love the heck out of Bill Clinton I want to go back to the good ole days of having a job, cheap gas, food that I can afford and a least having 2 dollars in the bank to treat my children to a Happy Meal.
    I cannot see another 4 years of GB. I need a change and I need it now. On verge of losing everything I have worked for.
    If my darling Bill can support Obama I guess I have to be one of those 18 million that will narrow the gap to stand at 17999 million now.
    Obama you owe us this change that you have talked about and got the DNC to bend over backwards for you!!

    August 28, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  9. Marge Hibbing Mn

    And he expects a ex-senator who sat on his butt thru the state senate and only voted present, who has sat thru the US senate and not even voted, do anything to get his job back...bull and the dumb bunnies who kiss obama butt are eating it up.

    August 28, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  10. Craig

    The TV cameras were watching – it was shown on PBS.

    August 28, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. pete

    Barney I feel your pain and I pray that the Change will come that we need.

    August 28, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  12. Michael Turner

    You can know a person my the word the speak. McCain speaks negativity while Obama speaks the positive. McCain attacks while Obama uplifts.

    August 28, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. Crush Rush

    The above are paid bloggers for Big Oil and K street.

    August 28, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. The Right Choice

    Barry was the man!!! That was so cool.

    August 28, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. maynard hopkins wi

    IT APPEARS AS THOU HE HAS BANDAGES FOR ALL THE PROBLEMS AND NO REAL SOLUTIONS... TAKE THE OIL PROBLEM.... WE HAVE ENOUGH OIL IN THE WELLS THAT ARE CAPPED BY THE USA. WE NEED MORE REFINERIES. BUT THIS MAKES TO MUCH SENSE. AND I,M NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

    AL GORE SHOULD BE REAL PROUD FOR HE IS THE ONE THAT WANTS GAS TO GO TO $5:00 PER GAL ISN'T IT FUNNY HOW HE WANTS THE GREEN EFFECT AND WANTS GAS TO BE SOLD FOR $5:00 PER GAL GO FIGURE

    August 28, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Dan

    For all those people who want to retreat to the "good ole days" of the past, go bury your heads in the sand, and let the youth of the future make sure you get your social security – even if you cower in challenging times.

    August 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. LT for Obama

    Now I have cried twice. The first time watching Barney on C-Span and then again here and glad that CNN actually reported this momentous time for the ordinary man.

    August 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. karen

    If he is his brother's keeper, why is his brother living in a shack in Kenya on less than $1 a month? Somehow, I feel he would have benefited from leaving that remark out. We've all seen the video.

    WISH I could believe like the sheeple in the stadium. I would love to say I believe in Obama and see a black person (female would make me even happier) become president but something just doesn't ring true. Then again, I don't like McCain either.

    August 28, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. JOE INDEPENDENT

    If Obama or Mccain loses this election they and their family will profit from the senate for the rest of his life. So why are all you people getting so excited about this? It's politics at its best.

    I would just like to see history made which is all it is – vote Obama!

    August 28, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Max

    That's a really clever line.

    August 28, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. David W.

    Who is this man blaming for losing his job? Shut up and go find another one, like I did. Maybe it was his fault to begin with.

    August 28, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. Douglas Democrat

    "And he expects a ex-senator who sat on his butt thru the state senate and only voted present, who has sat thru the US senate and not even voted, do anything to get his job back"

    Yeah, and what is McCain gonna do? He's gonna give ANOTHER tax cut to the guys who OWNED the factory! And hope that maybe they'll use it to reopen that factory instead of pocketing it.

    Keep dreaming...McCain has been absent more than Obama, and in 26 years of Senate service McCain's actual accomplishments are pretty thin, when he's not actively denouncing them.

    August 28, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. OhioMOM

    Ooooooooooh all the angry Repug's are on here tonight.

    Rush, is that you?

    August 28, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. Nannie Turner

    President Bush did not do all this damage to our country all by himself.Joe Biden,John Kerry,Harry Ried'Obama and all of these clowns have been right there in congress and they failed to do the job they were elected to do.They are as much to blame as bush.

    August 28, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  25. gail

    hey did you forget it it was the democrates that sent our jobs across the world and made them richer

    August 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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