No balloons to close Democratic convention
September 5th, 2012
02:40 PM ET
10 years ago

No balloons to close Democratic convention

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - The balloon drop that traditionally concludes a presidential convention will not happen following President Obama's acceptance speech.

A Democratic official confirmed to CNN that "there will be a festive conclusion to Thursday night's session, but no balloons."

Earlier Wednesday, President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic Party announced that they're moving the concluding day of the Democratic National Convention from the outdoor Bank of America football stadium to the indoor Time Warner Cable arena, where the first two days of the convention are being held.

Campaign and party officials say they are moving indoors for the final night due to the strong possibility of thunderstorms.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. jack johnson

    That's good most ballons are made in China anyway.

    September 5, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. SBrunner

    Details for Thursday, September 06
    Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Humid. High 86F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
    Evening: Widely scattered showers or a thunderstorm early. Then partly cloudy. Low 69F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

    September 5, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. BlkPwr817

    No wonder last weeks GOP convention was so stale. All the air went into those baloons that were dropped when it was FINALLY

    September 5, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. jaimie

    Romney and Ryan ......... Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    September 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Hmmph. Sounds like a job for ILM.

    September 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. jaimie

    Romneyhood .......... Give to the Rich take from the poor

    September 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. rev dan hartley

    they are just blowing off hot air anyway.taking god out of the platform program is so sad.even our money saids;in god we trust.i would hate to be the person who came up with that idea.

    September 5, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. rrd

    money is tight

    September 5, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. myviewis

    So no God, no Israel, no blue & red balloons for Democrats, is there anything else Democrats don't like of our country???

    September 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Madeleine

    A fabulous idea and one with the environment in mind.

    September 5, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. The Messengers...of Politics..........

    No"God" to open the Democratic-convention and now no "Balloons" to close the wonder God is Raining on their Parade.....

    September 5, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Good luck dems..... God bless us all..... Obama12.

    September 5, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. TomInRochNY

    Okay, in an article about no balloon drop you'd figure they'd say why? I guess not.

    September 5, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC


    So no God, no Israel, no blue & red balloons for Democrats, is there anything else Democrats don't like of our country???
    Yep, yep, yep, your views.

    September 5, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. PJ

    Everytime I read some of these comments I am reminded that this is the "silly season".
    "No Israel" in the platform? Wow, I thought the money we send over there would be enough. I also thought we
    were doing America's business, not Israel's.
    "No God" – can you actually look into their hearts and minds and say "No God" there? No you can't.

    September 5, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Pander Express

    No balloons? All of the hot air must have gotten used up in Tampa.

    September 5, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. illusive

    Having no god in the convention is a good thing, the whole separation of church and state thing comes to mind. Also no balloons can be considered good as well being that there is a helium shortage.

    September 5, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Evangeline Duran

    Paul Ryan is the male version of Sarah Palin! Where is the Republican Party finding their VP selections? Sarah Palin referred to herself as "a rottweiller with lipstick"! A good self-reference for Paul Ryan would be "an ADD chihuahua on speed" salivating on the privatization of Social Security and Medicare. Visualize Paul Ryan taking ove the presidency should something happend to Mitt Romney? Ann Romney has emphatically stated this election is for "grown-ups"! Kid Paul Ryan interrupts adults while speaking, wants all the toys and could care less for the other kids in the sand box!

    September 5, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. James Taylor

    No balloons, now I have to seriously reconsider my vote. Is Ralph Nader still around?

    September 5, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. FedUp

    No balloons? I can't believe they would do it to save money, so they must be dropping something more expensive. Or ....the hot air was all left in Washington, DC.If we could get the politicians to close their mouths during the spring and summer, we wouldn't have to worry about global warming any more.

    September 5, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. Tom

    Good idea. That balloon thing was tacky and circus-like, or like a kid's birthday party.

    September 5, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. works4me

    They were out of hot air... thanks to the RNC

    September 5, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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    September 5, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Just another name

    No balloon jobs either !

    September 5, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. hate from the left but mostly lies


    September 5, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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