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Guide to the '08 Democratic Convention in Denver

Final Day - Obama's Acceptance Speech


Guide to the '08 Democratic Convention in Denver
  • Thursday, August 28, 2008

    On Day Four, Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, will deliver his acceptance speech, "Change You Can Believe In," in which he plans to communicate the urgency of the moment, highlight the struggles Americans are facing, and call on Americans to come together to change the course of our nation.

    Sen. Obama, the first African-American to receive a major party nomination for the presidency, will accept the nomination on the 45th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King's famed "I Have a Dream" speech.

    Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson singing the national anthem, and performers will include singers Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and will.i.am. Immediately following Obama's speech will be a fireworks display to end the '08 Democratic Convention in Denver.

    Also confirmed to speak on Day Four is former vice-president Al Gore, winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

    On Thursday night, the convention be held at INVESCO Field at Mile High, home of the NFL's Denver Broncos, so that "more Americans can be a part of the fourth night of the Convention as Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination."

    Obama plans to speak from the 50-yard line surrounded by "more than 300 first-time delegates and everyday Americans," per the campaign.

    The last Democratic presidential candidate to deliver his acceptance speech at a massive open-air stadium was John F. Kennedy in 1960 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the world's only stadium to twice host the Olympics games, in 1932 and 1984.

    Controversy over Ticket Allocation
    Of the 75,000 seats at INVESCO Field, 60,000 are reserved for the public, not just the usual politicos, party insiders and press who will be in attendance the convention's first three nights.

    At least half of the 60,000 public seats are aimed for Colorado residents, making Sen. Obama's acceptance more of a campaign rally than the usual convention celebration. All public seats were snatched-up within 24 hours of availability, with a waiting list numbering in the tens of thousands.

    Controversy has erupted, though, over the allocation of the free, public tickets. Per the Rocky Mountain News, "Some of those hoping to wrangle a seat for Barack Obama's speech were told this week they have to put in six hours of volunteer work for his campaign by Friday to have a shot at a ticket. And that ruffled at least a few feathers."


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