DNC: It’s the weather and ONLY the weather.
President Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night will take place in the Time Warner Cable Arena rather than at Bank of America Stadium as originally planned.
According to a “senior official with the Obama campaign,” the decision to abandon plans to conclude the Democratic convention Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium was made solely because of concern for the possibility of dangerous weather and not because the campaign fears an inability to fill all of the seats.
According to the Weather Channel’s website, there is a 40 percent probability of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon. The campaign says the decision to move indoors was made when the probability of rain and thunderstorms exceeded 30 percent.
“There are 65,000 people who are now very disappointed they won’t have a seat to see the President of the United States,” said the unnamed official. There were “19,000 people wait listed for the event” and reports that the change was made for fear of an inability to fill the seats are “false.”
Rumors that the campaign was having trouble filling the seats have been circulating as a result of crowds at Obama campaign events being much smaller than they were in 2008.