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

What the TV cameras aren't watching

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. My lovely Family

    Obama God Bless You and I pray that you will become the President Of USA

    August 28, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. Willy

    If you don't keep up with today's technical changes then old model T's will be replaced. Unions are to blame for the 19th century tatics. Taking you're money union man and giviing you the empty word of " hope and Change" if you keep paying the dues.

    August 28, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  3. David/Florida

    What a great night. Watched it all without cover talk on C-Span. Absolutely perfect without all the polls talk etc.etc. Hope Johnny boy
    and his barbie doll did as well and learned something. Johnny could not make a speech to a flock of monkeys The way he spews so much hate and lies lately calls for some strong mouthwash. Feeling good tonite, because change is on it's way

    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Florida


    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Seanie-Birmingham, AL

    WOW!! What a speech!!! He knocked out of the stadium. This speech will go down in history. My heart is fill with so much love and joy for this great country of ours. Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. JJ

    Obama will make a different.

    August 28, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. Connie

    Barney was great and please all who blog on this site , most people are like Barney and not stupid idiots like Indiana Bob.Please forgive him , I don't think Bob is a real Hoosier. OBAMA/BIDEN 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 28, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. henry

    PBS showed the speech – CNN nneds to stop talking.....

    August 28, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. Ohio Buckeye

    They will say anything to get into office. Just remember my fellow Americans, the only time a politician is telling the truth is when he's calling his opponent a liar. And that goes for both sides. "Buckeye" keeping it simple.

    August 28, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. True

    Barack Obama for the President of USA

    August 28, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  11. Not asleep at the Switch

    If you watched C-Span you saw ALL of the convention not just what the MSM wanted you to see.

    August 28, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. Karen - Canada

    Sen. Obama could turn white overnight and he still couldn't please everyone. In all fairness, give credit where it is due without resorting to nasty insinuations. I am soooooooo tired of all that hatred that is spewed by some Republicans who would argue that black is white or white is black because of their narrow mindedness. Ignorance surely must be bliss.

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. CNN dropped the ball

    I saw it on PBS. Too bad you all missed it. CNN is worthless.

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  14. Nancy P.

    CNN may not have gotten Barney Smith's comments but PBS did!

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  15. DEgrandmother

    I saw Barney and loved it. PBS coverage was more balanced and showed more. Too much hot air on CNN. I attended a picnic this past weekend where the DJ / brother of the hostess characterized the real ticket as not Obama and Biden but Sambo and Rambo.... that's the sentiment among too many whites who fear change. No amount of truth is going to change those small minds. people who care better vote for Obama... people of color better register and vote for Obama We cannot afford more bloody reactionary government that cares nothing for human rights..

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  16. Dr Ruth

    Very Sure Obama will be the President of the United States of America.
    God Bless the USA.

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. LJinLACA

    Great cap to a great convention.

    Anyone rejecting the message rejects himself.

    Obama's campaign is made by and for regular Barneys.

    You too can own part of the dream.

    Don't prop up those that could care less about you.

    McCain's beneficiaries are those corporate entities with their own social security numbers who pay less in taxes than we do...

    Change is real.

    Obama 08

    August 28, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
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