The Democratic National Convention (DNC) kicked off last night at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. I am happy to say that I had access to the Club Level where many of the VIPs spend their time. Aside from seeing a few faces from MTV, Chevy Chase, and Fran Drescher, I wasn’t able to do much star-gazing. My duty from 12-9 was to act as access control for the level, which meant I checked credentials to make sure people were allowed to get on my level of the building. It wasn’t a completely thrilling job, especially when people got annoyed when seats filled. By 4:30PM seats were limited to the very top levels of the Pepsi Center.
It was fascinating to see the DNC opening ceremony as well as the gradual build-up to the key-note speeches. Governor Howard Dean opened the Convention, while Senator Ted Kennedy surprised many delegates, visitors, and members of the press by speaking at his tribute instead of showing a videotape as had been rumored earlier.
The most anticipation, however, was reserved for Michelle Obama and her speech regarding her husband’s background, purpose, and ability to lead the country. Michelle certainly delivered an incredible speech, and she received the adoration of the crowd for her efforts. I went to dinner after the session and was amazed to see the main strip in Denver, 16th street, filled with with signs from the event reading “One Nation,” “Common Values, Common Purpose,” . The city filled with commentary about the evening’s speakers. In the bathroom of Rock Bottom Brewery, a popular restaurant on 16th street, I hear three women discussing Michelle: the dress color suited her, she is so classy, she is such a regular person.
Even though I had great access to the event, I did not get to see and hear every speaker. I’m sure I’ll try to watch it online, though my days are busy. I’m on the lookout for some new volunteer fieldwork before Obama’s big speech on Thursday. I can’t believe this event is going so fast!
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