August 28th, 2008
10:15 PM ET
15 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. Steven

    Barney lost his job because of the NAFTA and the NAALC.

    He should talk to George Bush senior for working with Canada and Mexico to draft the idea. Furthermore, he should thank Bill Clinton for putting it into action.

    Are you sure you want to vote for a 'lesser of evil'?

    August 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Independant Thinker

    Was this some of the REAL people that the democrats were going to show.

    Too bad more democrats aren't REAL people.

    Maybe they'd get it. The democrats are part of the problem.

    August 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    AMERICANS need to start demanding better quality automobiles made in America, and we need to start buying them. But hey, I'd rather have my Toyota made in California than a Ford made in Mexico!

    August 28, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  4. No Way, No How, No George McCain!

    McShame voted with Bush 90% of the time.

    August 28, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. jeremi

    someone get it on youtube already!

    August 28, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Nancy

    Well, actually, some of the cameras were watching – just not CNN's. What a disappointment your coverage has been. I saw the first night of the convention that CNN was more interested in hearing themselves than the speakers, so switched to Cspan. And yes, Barney was amazing! Too bad you missed it. You really dropped the ball.

    August 28, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. Boston For OBAMA

    Where else but in America could you tell your story Barney Smith. Vote for change.

    August 28, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. aware

    McCain is the candidate of authentic change we can really believe in! He has worked across the aisle and fought for issues that were not popular with his party or president but were good for the American people! 🙂

    Obama is the candidate of Chicago patronage politics! He obfuscates, prevaricates and equivocates with a spirit of hubris, arrogance and narcissism that is beyond belief! 🙁

    Obama is Bush 2 Ultra! He wants to be "the decider" who will push his elitist far left-wing ideology on a moderate American people!

    "No way, no how, no chance, no" Obama! 🙂

    August 28, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Josh


    August 28, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. Sven

    I won't watch any of the cable news shows any longer. I do not need CNN's talking heads telling me what to think, constantly interrupting rather than covering the news. KPBS covered the whole event without distracting split screens, tickers, or interruptions. And it's TV cameras showed Barney Smith.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. To All Americans

    So things are bad for you? Thats tough, suck it up, the economy will turn, so relax and wait for the market to fix itself.

    August 28, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. John Chisholm

    Two terms of George Bush has brought America to its knees, financially and politically. Never before has America been in such a mess, since the civil war,thanks to 8 years of a republican government. I felt for sure during the last federal election,the majority of americans would wake up and realize that another term of republican policy would be a disaster in waiting and elect a the democrats. History proved me right.

    August 28, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. Scott L

    Barney has to realize the Bill Clinton signed NAFTA into law...come'on now people....DEMOCRATS SIGNED NAFTA INTO LAW!!!! Do you even understand what your party stands for??? Doesn't sound like it at all...

    August 28, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Barney Fan

    I saw Barney's presentation in full... because I was watching MSNBC!!!! 🙂

    August 28, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  15. Katrina

    Um, chitowngal07, senators are elected for six years, not four. But ignorance about the most basic structures of the government of your country should not, of course, keep you from feeling you have something to contribute.

    August 28, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Obama/Biden Change WE Can Believe IN

    Barney Smith should RUN Smith Barney...

    August 28, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. wacko jacko

    Hmmm.....Barney doesn't look like he's been missing any meals since he lost that job.

    August 28, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. Bob H

    I was watching Obama's speach the other day and turned to my wife and said "he reminds me of Hitler in Nurnberg. Two days later my brother called and when I asked him of his impression of Obama and he said "he reminds me of Hitler" I sure as hech hope he's not!

    Bob H

    August 28, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. S Callahan

    I never saw it coming.....Barney had the best line of the night....
    America DOES need to care more for the Barney Smith's in our country and not Smith Barney (referring to corporate world)!!!

    August 28, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. Texas Straight Talker


    August 28, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  21. michael, Gladstone, MO

    You're smiley seems to be an empty suit – all rhetoric, and no proof.

    August 28, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  22. Dante in Madison, WI

    I think "aware" missed his or her dose of meds since clearly they're not "aware" of the fact that Obama is going to crush John McSame's tired rear end come November.

    This isn't about Democrats or RepubliCONs, it's about a strong leader who has the intelligence to control the hot-headed rhetoric and bully tactics that Bush and Bush-lite (John "I need a Cane" McCain) so love to tout.

    Barack Obama is the guy that is going to cut through the political B.S. and start to get this country back on track.

    August 28, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. Dr. J

    Barney was great. We all feel your pain.

    August 28, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  24. confused

    Great job by Obama, he will be the next president.

    August 28, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. timber (ex dem)

    Will someone tell Biden that HE is more of the same. He has been in the senate for over 30 years and the dems are in control of congress AND the senate!!! HE is more of the same, not McCain!! It is scary that we have to point this out to a vice presidential candidate.

    August 28, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
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