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. DvlsAdvocat

    Bob H,

    Sounds like you and your brother are Bush voters. Wish he could have a third term don't ya?

    August 28, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  2. Bridget

    I saw this on PBS. Pam from Pittsboro knocked it out of the park. Way to go girl! Barney was mediocre until his Barney Smith / Smith Barney comment.

    August 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. linda n carolina

    I Saw barney Smith and the cameras were rolling .......on C-SPAN.

    August 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    My my my. Regardless of his policies I guess some people just cant deal with a politician that is both charismatic and popular. Any republicans that complain about that are just upset that their nominee isnt. Maybe in 2012 they will convince someone who is to run for president then.

    August 28, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Happy Smiley

    I saw the whole thing on CSPN – I've realized that CNN has an agenda that is not mine.

    August 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Alison, FL

    Senator McCain...WE ALL PUT COUNTRY FIRST!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  7. Pam

    Um, sorry CNN, but the cameras were watching that. CSPAN showed his whole speech. It was your camers that weren't watching.

    August 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. Mike, Neb.

    CSPAN had their cameras on it, CNN had repetitive analysts picking apart Hillary Clinton's speech. Thanks for nothing. And thanks for not publishing my first comment.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. Salutations from Fresno, CA

    I am Barney Smith. We, are Barney Smith. The United States citizenry is Barney Smith. We are his story and thanks to President Obama, the story has finally been told on a national/international level. The world is watching and the world too... has had enough.

    Hey George McCain...
    -ENOUGH.

    OBAMA/BIDEN for America's future

    August 28, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. Peppa

    Wow!!!! What a great Commander in Chief Senator Obama will be. I am speechless. I trust his judgement, his temperment, and can't wait to cast my vote. It's time to make a change.

    August 28, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Obama knows that we need a new leader, not the same old same old. If the people don't see this, they must be living under a rock.

    August 28, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  12. linda n carolina

    Hah Ha: Graham was right...you republicans are a bunch of whiners.

    August 28, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. sherrie durham

    Why has the media ignored the serious allegations made in the federal declaractory judgment lawsuit that was filed against Senator Obama on August 11, 2008?

    If Obama is not constitutionally eligible to become president, do you think that no one will notice?

    August 28, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Josephine

    Why are so much republicans distilling their venon by being negative? because they are so afraid.

    chitowngal07 You are asking a lot. From your point of view he should have done something for you particularly and for each person living in Chicago. If you can't understand Obama had to work to get elected all you need is a sugar daddy to takecare of you.

    August 28, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  15. Ron, NYC

    CNN why not post on your ticker " What CNN was not showing" because their so called pundits were busy talking. I saw the "ordinary" guys speak on CSPAN. Maybe CNN should copy the example of just letting viewers watch the events and make their own analysis.

    August 28, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. BVS Maine

    Hey Maynard: Did you ever consider that oil is a finite resource, it won't last forever, no matter how may refineries there are. Al Gore is the winner of a nobel peace prize for a reason.

    August 28, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. Sue

    Gotta love Barney!
    He is "Everyman"......

    August 28, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  18. Tupac

    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…"

    Then can you please explain why Illinois elected him as a Senator if he wasn't involved in his community?

    August 28, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. Obama maybe, McCain NO

    The title of this should not be, " What the camera's aren't watching" but what Cnn is not reporting, duhhhhh.

    August 28, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  20. Griff

    Barack Obama? Which is the Clone, and which is the Clown!!!
    He's Black! He's none American. How can the reall America get away with this.... Years from now! I will all come out. How a Super Power was fooled by the Blacks.. The firsat time in History any country, would let a complete foreinger be there # 1/

    August 28, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Will

    I have never been so moved by a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. Full of hope, vision and full of solutions that are pragmatic and address their challenges that are before us as individuals and as a nation! Tonight I felt and feel once again honored to be an American. I could not help but in some ways see all that have gone before him over the history of our nation and how they, I am sure were celebrating with us as we saw Mr. Obama accept the nomination of President of the United States.

    I was a boy when John Kennedy was President and it has not been since then that I have felt and we have felt so much hope.....so much life!

    God bless Mr. Obama, his family and those with him; protect him and keep him and May God Bless America!

    August 28, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  22. Patricia

    Geezuzzz..... you are right.... the republican spin doctors are back.... same old same old from the Bush elections.... amazing! Some things never change.... Republicans... and... hm.... global warming?

    August 28, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. An American voter

    a historic event.
    obama/biden 2008

    August 28, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  24. Tempered

    TV cameras *were* watching - and I was watching them on CSPAN. No commercials, no fluff.

    August 28, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. Rich Boulder Colorado

    How do you list Obama being in Illinois Senate from 1997 to present. This was stated in your FACT section as Obama spoke tonight. How do you correct this mistake.

    August 28, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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