September 15th, 2008
09:32 AM ET
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Preston on Politics: Memorabilia helps preserve convention

 Delegates applaud during the opening session of the Republican National Convention.
Delegates applaud during the opening session of the Republican National Convention.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The fireworks over Denver and balloon drop in St. Paul are distant memories of the 2008 presidential conventions, but Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird hope the handful of Democratic and Republican delegates who pledged to help preserve history keep their word.

Watch: Preserving convention history

While the international media descended upon Colorado and Minnesota to report on the day-to-day activities of the presidential conventions, Rubenstein and Bird were present to chronicle the daily lives and moods of the delegates for future generations.

They work for the Smithsonian Institution, and they are tasked with putting together a historical narrative of these unique national events that bring together political activists every four years to help select the next president.

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  1. Seattle Voter

    I also watch the Republican convention and I only saw few minority population. I wonder why? The democrates work hard to do the right thing for the American people BUT BUSH AND HIS LOYALIST VETOES EVERYTHING. Another financial institution went bankrupt and I'm sure McCain and Palin don't care because they have their own businessess and own their own mansions. Palin working at home but charging the State of Alaska. She prefers working at home to stay with her kids? I'm sure because her office is hundred of miles away from home. SO WHEN PALIN BECOME A VP SHE WILL ALSO STAY IN ALASKA AND CHARGES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?????????????.

    September 15, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Yes, let's save memorabilia since millions of lost e-mails guarantees we won't be saving much history...

    September 15, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Capablanca

    Obama's stuff will be a real collect items one day. I can see it: "The first African American who ALMOST became a president" He totally deflated the messiah bandwagon by picking Mr. Biden. So close, yet so far away.

    September 15, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden

    CNN for Palin 08-12, Fox News for palin 08-12

    September 15, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    CNN, Fox News for Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Spencer from VA

    It's sad that no Bush-Cheney buttons were sold. lmao

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    September 15, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Thomas

    I will look forward to telling my grandchildren:

    "I remember when the Republican Party was the party of fiscal responsibility and small government"

    I am sure they will respond "No way Gramps, you are making that stuff up."

    But it is true, I do remember when it felt good to be a Republican. Not any more though.

    September 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. PHYLON GEORGE BANGO

    9/11; WAR IN IRAQ,AFGHANISTAN;pursuit of OSAMA BIN LADEN; ENRON SCANDAL;OIL SCANDALS;CREDIT CRUNCH;HURRICAN KATRINA;OIL PRICES; LEHMAN BROS......ALL UNDER THE WATCH OF THE GOP including MCAIN AND PALIN....the list is endless yet surely,surely there are people out there in CRITICALLY THINKING AMERICA who still believe in the REPUBLICANS...... WOW!

    Surely, everyone must REFLECT by MIND, BODY AND SOUL. So then another 4 years of the GOP simply because YOU hate BARACK who by the way is WHITE and BLACK and is a GOOD CHRISTIAN.

    SHAME on you, especially you PUMA and those who are BLATANTLY or SUB-CONCIOUSLY RACIST(the new phenomenon i've discovered).
    AMERICA has sunk to the lowest. This is not a football game. I am a MACHESTER UNITED suppoter for life but if they lose to LA GALAXY do I lose anything? In politics I will always support the best man on the day for the job because politics is what you eat,wear,drive etc.
    So up to now no-one believes WAR IN IRAQ=CREDIT CRUNCH? The CHOICE IS YOURS, YOU DECIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then of course you believe MCAIN can change things after 28 years in power…ooops= MUGABE SIGNED for CHANGE today.

    September 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Seattle Voter

    The Republican Ticket right now can't even run on the ground of morality because McCain divorced his first wife and Palin's 17 year old daughter is pregnant. EVERYTHING IN POLITICS IS A FAIR GAME INCLUDING THEIR FAMILY.

    The Repbulicans is avoiding talking about the ECONOMY AND OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES which is really sad. A lot of American families don't have enough money to buy their food and rich people don't understand that.

    September 15, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Dori in AZ

    My goats would love some of those GOP straw hats. Munch! Munch! Munch!

    September 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Cam

    I just don't get it.

    I really wonder about Americans when a Governor who is currently under investigation in her own state for abuse of power and questionable ethics could be suddenly seen as the one who can march in and change Washington.

    Where a Presidential candidate can lie as much as he wants and even when questioned on it will just continue to lie and be seen as a maverick......

    Also, how does eliminating earmarks (about 1% of the budget) really solve the economic problems in the U.S.?

    Are Americans really this stupid? Or are they just racist? Do the rest of the world and yourselves a favor – elect someone with a brain who understands the issues like Obama. Unless you would rather have a POTUS and VP who are dying to start wars in Iran and Russia. Doesn't this scare anyone else?

    Countries like Russia, China, and Iran are quietly building their military capability and boosting their economic situation while America worries about whether or not their female VP candidate is getting a fair shake.

    If the leaders of the countries that hate America could vote, there is no doubt they would vote for McCain and Palin.

    September 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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