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. baljeet

    bobama ever

    August 28, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. Jason

    Karen how many half brothers or other members of the household do you support. You are the definition of a socialist.

    August 28, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  3. Jim

    How about Pamela Cash-Roper?

    Both her and Barney were incredibly moving.

    August 28, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Military member

    I watched Mr Obama's speech wth my two sons, ages 12 and 18. I'm a black single parent mother on Active Duty in the USAF. MY son was born in New Hampshire while the KKK marched in nearby cities. That same son watched Mr Obama's speech wth me tonight and made the statement, "This country needs him, only everyone hasn't realized it yet. He can save this country." That son s only 18 years old as of 5 Aug 08. One of his first acts as a legal adult will be to vote for Barak Obama for President of the United States of America. I deferred my retirement from Active Duty so President Obama will be the one to sign my retirement certficate. GOD BLESS AMERCA!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  5. Todd

    Woot woot!! Obama was awesome!

    August 28, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. The American Dream

    GOP wants to run a big election about little things. Instead of talking about the economy, the war, health care, housing, oil etc. they are piddling on about the columns behind the DNC stage this evening.

    I watched Barney Smith on PBS this evening. That's what this election is about. Not stage props. GOP have no record, no ideas, nothing to offer – so they attack the player instead of the ball.

    August 28, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    I have to say this, I AM a Republican...and I AM disgusted with all this negative commenting on here. This is AMERICA..If you aren't from this country then just quite you trap and stop instigating and if you are from America..you better look at your family real hard, call the cousin, your aunts, uncles, and other relatives, even your neighbors and get their stories. Not everyone is still well in this country and whether you believe in a God or not you are of the human race and are your brother's keeper....open your mind to realize this is a once in your lifetime opportunity to make this right in humanity. Obama is right, too much fear prevents people from moving forward. Confront your fears and you'll be amazed what a great world you can have!

    August 28, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    The Republican dolts are out in full force. I guess they have also come to the realization that it's over. "You are the weakest link. Good-bye."

    August 28, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. Ricky

    are you better off than you were 8 years ago

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. terri ohio

    Lets see how many complaints come after the Republicans convention ? Will They give their money to the hurricane victims ? Will They not have tributes videos to McCain ?
    Will there be complaints about the color of his hair ?
    Will people say his speech lacked substance while others complain its boring because it has to much ? Is this what this election is really about...... haven't anyone ever watched a convention before ???
    UUUUGGGHH I just vomited a little in my mouth ??? This is toooo important to be so trivial ???? God bless us all if this is what people actually think is important

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  11. Paula

    I'm from Chicago and has been a Chicagoan for many years. Obama has brought Change to Chicago and will bring change to the world. He has fought for the rights of the everyday citizen since he has been working in the Chicago area. He believe in equality for everyone-whites, blacks, asians, latinos, lesbians, gays, old, young, veterans....EVERYONE!

    I have not had to wait because he has delivered. He will deliver as President of The United States of America.

    Vote OBAMA for CHANGE!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Greg Greenman

    How is a person who speaks for everyone trying to push anything on anyone. The fact is Repubs feel that it's their way or no way. You aren't Christian? Shame on you!!!! You aren't a heterosexual? Shame on you!! You aren't pro-choice? Shame on you!!! Dems speak not just for the people that are pro-life but the ones that are pro-choice. We say hey, it's not about taking a life, its about lets find out ways to prevent these unwanted pregnancies. Here is the irony of it all. The hypocrisy, the oxy-moronic nature of conservatives. You call yourselves christian. Children of God. You say you walk in God's righteous path. So tell me this.....If you are so

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  13. dietrich

    EIGHT IS ENOUGH!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  14. Voting for Obama

    This is real. Obama brings change!!! You have my vote!!!
    Obama2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  15. Almaturkey

    On day 2, I got tired of the talking heads and turned to CSPAN. Those who watched commercial television, you missed a great convention! Felt like I was there....heard Barney and all the others. This was an historical event – let's go America!

    August 28, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. DvlsAdvocat

    CSPAN broadcast it all. If you watched CNN, you'd think Anderson Cooper was running for President, and Wolf Blitzer was his running mate.

    August 28, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  17. Franky

    All right, listen up GOP!! I'm gonna reavel you some numbers and guess what? This only takes ONE day and since you're having a good mood, why not now...

    I'm sorry but do you wanna know some numbers of Senator McCain?? I will give you ONE, just one and by the way, take the advice...

    The numbers for McCain health is.......(get ready).......69.6% What does that mean, you say? Well, it means the status of Senator McCain's health. How do we know?? Trust me, we just know. So, here's my advice to you....

    Don't talk to the media, ignore the protests, don't listen to the Dems, don't have any gaffes, and most importantly, make sure no pressure is on him. Why?? Because this I can GUARANTEE YOU, all it will take is one day, one day and his candidacy will be finished....

    And by the way, you got 2 months left to see if he doesn't get ill......

    I know you don't wann hear that and that's right take that advice. Because all it takes is one day and one day only and he will be finished....

    August 28, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. Republican for Obama

    I am very disappointed that the major cable news networks did not show this segment of the convention. I had to turn to C-SPAN to watch it.

    August 28, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  19. Rick Sanchez

    I an a 61 yr. old registered Independent, Vietnam veteran that backed Hillary Clinton in the primary.
    I beleve in Mr. Obama and feel he cleared up a lot of the doubts I have had.
    I was 13 years old when John F. Kennedy visited East Los Angeles College Football Stadium , in California during a political stop for his presidential campaign.
    The Stadium was standing room only (26,000+) with ordinary mostly Latino citizens trying to get a glimps of the future Peesident of the United States. I was one of those people. I walked 2 miles to the stadium because my family didn't own a car.
    Oh yeah there were celebraties, Frank Sanatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Donna Reed and more.
    Tonight resembled that evening and I just wish I could have been there.
    Tonight I signed up to support Mr. Obama to get them into the White House.

    August 28, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. D&D

    Well, I watched the whole thing, just not on CNN...

    August 28, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  21. Greg Greenman

    How is a person who speaks for everyone trying to push anything on anyone. The fact is Repubs feel that it's their way or no way. You aren't Christian? Shame on you!!!! You aren't a heterosexual? Shame on you!! You aren't pro-choice? Shame on you!!! Dems speak not just for the people that are pro-life but the ones that are pro-choice. We say hey, it's not about taking a life, its about lets find out ways to prevent these unwanted pregnancies. Here is the irony of it all. The hypocrisy, the oxy-moronic nature of conservatives. You call yourselves christian. Children of God. You say you walk in God's righteous path. So tell me this…..If you are so in touch with God, if you are morally correct, how can you be pro-life and pro-war? How is that even possible? It's not ok to kill a baby, but it's ok to kill? How? Thou Shalt Not Kill. I remember it says that in the Bible somewh....oh yeah The Ten Commandments. Don't be hypocrites.

    August 28, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  22. Mark

    Lim – I am from Illinois, and I think Barack's Record here is Fantastic, and speaks volumes...Barack is what America needs, this is the RIGHT TIME, the RIGHT PLACE, and the RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

    August 28, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  23. Nevada dude

    CNN is closing commentary BECAUSE WE ARE WINNING!!

    OBAMA IS MY PRESIDENT!!!!

    now its the Republican Hate Machine's turn to beat us down with their lies and fear and venom.

    IT WILL NOT WORK.

    WE ARE TOO STRONG!!!!!!

    OBAMA 08-16!!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    WE LOVED HIM. HE IS MOST OF US.

    AMERICANS ARE LOOSING THEIR HOMES WHILE

    MCNOTHING CAN'T REMEMBER HOW MANY HE HAS.

    WE ARE CERTAIN HIS ECONOMY, CHANEY'S & BUSHE'S

    ARE JUST FINE. THE REST OF US, ALL OF US REPUBLICAN,

    DEMOCRAT & INDEPENDENCE ARE HURTING REAL BAD.

    August 28, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. Jon Hendry

    TV Cameras *WERE* watching.

    On C-SPAN. They even had internet streams.

    Don't watch important campaign events on cable news or network news. The networks bloviate nonsense, and show you what they think you need to hear. CNN, MSNBC, FOX, they don't give you the full picture, they give you an edited version that fits their preconceptions and biases.

    Watch on C-SPAN.

    August 28, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
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