August 28th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Crowley: An all-star rollout for the convention's final session

DENVER (CNN) - It’s 4:15 Mountain Time — about four hours until Barack Obama’s speech — and Mile High Stadium is just beginning to fill up, although there are still lots of empty seats in the second and third tiers. It’s an all-star rollout for the last session of the convention. Iowa gymnast Shawn Johnson - who won the Olympic gold — made an appearance, and Jennifer Hudson of "Dream Girls" sang the National Anthem.

soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. gary

    OBAMA IS ACTING MORE LIKE A ROCK STAR. HE DONT NEED A FOOTBALL FIELD TO HAVE A CONVENTION THAT DOSN'T MAKE HIM ANYMORE EXPERIENCED TO BE PRESIDENT. THERE IS A SAYING WHAT GLITTERS IS NOT ALWAYS GOLD. THINK ABOUT IT.

    August 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Shannon

    Obama supporters do like their stars, they need Oprah to tell them how to vote!

    August 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. huh

    For a guy who doesn't see himself as a "celebrity" he certanly is putting on a show like Madonna would.
    Obama is a good orator but that's where it ends...he's all fluff and not a lot of substance.
    For a guy who graduated from Harvard he certainly has head in other places.
    Tell us how you are going "change" when you have an old hack from the senate. Tell us how you are going "change" when all you see is stars in your eyes and a scowl on Ms. Obamas face when things are done and said she doesn't like.
    Tell us how you can "change" when you use the race card! Sound like old politics to us...

    August 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. Tex Ann

    Gary, don't you get the symbolism? John Kennedy gave his acceptance speech is a football stadium (the Coliseum in Los Angeles), so Barack feels he needs to do the same since he thinks he's akin to John F. Kennedy. Well, that and it makes him look like a rock star. Maybe we could have Janet Jackson perfrom in the background. Oops, maybe that's not a good idea.... a wardrobe malfunction would take the spotlight away from Barack. And we mustn't have that, right.

    August 28, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Cheryl Boston

    I have been watching the coverage today & the last 3 days. I am very excited about the chances that Barack Obama & Joe Biden have of winning in November. I hope that all Americans vote with their hearts, without bias. I will definately be voting this fall for Obama/Biden

    August 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. 4Obama

    You people are so jealous that it's pathetic. This is for his supporters who have worked for him. At some point maybe you people will grow up and recognize how important this day is.

    August 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. I used to be a Democrat

    The Obamabots are lining up like sheep. How pathetic that they can't see past the wool over their eyes.

    August 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Ray from CA

    HE ACCTUALY CARES HE IS DOING THAT BECAUSE SOMEONE LIKE ME CAN GO ATTENED THE CONVENTION AND SEE HIM SPEAK IN PERSON!

    August 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. jack

    This convention in a stadium in my opinion is extremely obcene. People are going hungry, losing their homes, can't afford medicines and the democratic party has the gall to put on a Roman political orgy, sorry to say I usually vote as a democrat. This is thourgholy disgusting. Talk about rock star or celebrity status OBAMA for shame.

    August 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Cheryl Boston

    Who cares if he looks like a rockstar! It's better than what we've had the last 8 yrs. Americans need the kind of pride in country that he instills.

    August 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Republican4Obama

    Keep up the attack my fellow republicans because this will cause McCain's downfall coming November. There's a big chunk of undecided republicans right now that is really tired of all the negative attacks when the future of this country is at stake. I don't think another COLD WAR is good for the country.

    August 28, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Arizona

    Am I the only one that is smart enough to notice that the Obama stage is the Lincoln Memorial building in D.C

    August 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Don in CA.

    If any Dems are worried about Obama’s speech tonight, don’t be, he’ll have his teleprompter.

    August 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. MA

    1) He is having his speech at a stadium in order to involve more people in government (bottom up) not in front of a select few at a convention (top down).

    August 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. nick

    Only in America people do have time to have intense discussions about non-issues like these. I think the press should be more serious about issues to raise and questions to ask. You followed George Bush blindly into the Iraqi war, and you have been mostly silent about the current adminstration's countless abuses of powers. I think it's time that you press people live up to your role as the fourth power in this nation, if we are to be really free.

    August 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. California Gold

    Jack, according to McCain the economy is doing fine, his campaign released a statement that essentially all Americans have medical services available to them so they don't need any program, and no one is going hungry because McCain hasn't seen hunger therefore it doesn't exist. So don't vote for Obama if the Democrat convention bugs you so much. The Republicans don't even have money to pay for their convention (about $10 million short) and according to them all is well in the world so you have nothing to complain about.

    August 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Kevin - Jonesboro, GA

    I wish that CNN would do their job and inform their viewers that the facade at the stadium is not designed to look Greek but is a mock of the Lincoln Memorial! Stop repeating the ignorant comments of the right and report the facts!!!

    August 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Rebecca

    This is a historic moment for our country, folks....I'm sick of all the racists who post here with their only goal being to degrade Senator Obama. Get over yourselves.....this country will progress whether you like it or not!

    Thank heavens we finally have a WISE LEADERS with IMPECCABLE JUDGEMENT and a CARING HEARTS to lift our country out of the mess we've been in the last eight years!!!!!!

    Go Barack & Joe!!!!!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. D

    All you hater need to wake up.. GARY I bet you are still just making ends meet right now...do you have a mortgage? Are your going from paycheck to paycheck to make it? Well my friend...if you like the way you are living now you take your smug MCCAIN vote and suffer with the rest who vote on COLOR and not what's REAL...this country's reputation has been shameful the past 8 years..we all know MCCAIN can do the same things BUSH has done and guess what HE HAS SAID HE WILL...the rest of US are voting for CHANGE....SUCKER!!!!

    PRESIDENT OBAMA...get use to it people

    August 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. Linda31

    People are funny! Are you really complaining because the Obama camp is giving regular people access to see Obama's speech live? Really? That's obscene??? Sounds like someone who is trying to reach as many people as possible and isn't that what this election is about?

    Fired up, ready to go!!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. California Gold

    Are people so miserable that they begrudge a major political party moving their candidate's acceptance speech to a facility that allows the public to also attend along with the delegates. Are you so beaten down by life you begrudge a political convention? Or are you the McCain type of grumpy old men who stand on your front porch yelling at your neighbors. Lighten up. Geesh.

    August 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. 911wille

    Have you seen the stage? Looks like a Greek Temple. This is taking on a guise of a Joseph Goebbels' Nuremburg Party Rally from 1936. Maybe you all are wrong about what the H. in Barack's middle name really stands for...

    Maybe we should all just sit close to our TV sets and mindlessly chant "Yes We Can" and marvel at the awe and splendor of the Obamadonis

    August 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. Whooh Whooh

    Mr. Obama is going to put on a show. And he says he not a celebrity! I will not watch his "performance" – not worth listening to.

    August 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Victoria

    People are hungry for change and a new direction for our great country that the Bush.s Administration brought to the ground. People want to feel hope again not fear and This country want to be look upon to be a powerful one and a fair country for all Americans and the only man that can deliver this kind of change for all Americans is Obama!!!!! Fact that Obama can bring people together from all walks of life proves that!!!!!

    August 28, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  25. Colo Sprgs, CO

    John McCain is 95% percent Bush, that's all you need to know. If you are so deluded and stupid that you believe our country is in great shape, that nothing is wrong with the economy, or our health care system, or an expensive unjustified war, then go jump off the cliff after McCain. It is you foolish people that are the sheep. We democrats want our country back after 8 years of Bush wrecking it. This is our time. Obama/Biden '08!

    August 28, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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