Monday, July 7, 2008

Obama To "Open Up" Democratic National Convention

I received this e-mail today from the Barack Obama Campaign about its plans during the Democratic National Convention to be held in Denver. Read the e-mail for yourself and then check out my comments below.

I wanted you to be the first to hear the news.

At the Democratic National Convention next month, we're going to kick off the general election with an event that opens up the political process the same way we've opened it up throughout this campaign.

Barack has made it clear that this is your convention, not his.

On Thursday, August 28th, he's scheduled to formally accept the Democratic nomination in a speech at the convention hall in front of the assembled delegates.

Instead, Barack will leave the convention hall and join more than 75,000 people for a huge, free, open-air event where he will deliver his acceptance speech to the American people.

It's going to be an amazing event, and Barack would like you to join him. Free tickets will become available as the date approaches, but we've reserved a special place for a few of the people who brought us this far and who continue to drive this campaign.

If you make a donation of $5 or more between now and midnight on July 31st, you could be one of 10 supporters chosen to fly to Denver and spend two days and nights at the convention, meet Barack backstage, and watch his acceptance speech in person.

Each of the ten supporters who are selected will be able to bring one guest to join them. Make a donation now and you could have a front row seat to history.

We'll follow up with more details on this and other convention activities as we get closer, but please take a moment and pass this note to someone you know who might like to be there.

It will be an event you'll never forget.

Thank you,

David David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

I think this is a brilliant move. Think about it. More people can relate to going to a sports stadium than they can a national political convention. It's all about connecting with the "average" people, who make up the majority of the populace. This is just another move to show how Obama is so much more emotionally accessible to the average American than any political candidate in recent memory. And just imagine how this scene will play out on television if they can get 50,000 to 75,000 people to show up at Mile High Stadium. Talk about grabbing the momentum heading into the fall.

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