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Barack's Big Speech: What Was It Like at Invesco Field?

Barack's Big Speech: What Was It Like at Invesco Field?

What a night! While Liberty and I hashed out the finer points of Barack's speech over dinner, one thing was clear: the setting was pretty unbelievable (for reasons we'll get into soon.) Wading through the mile-long line to the Mile High Stadium, we scored front and center seats — so front and center, we were right under the Oprah, Kanye, Angela Basset, Gayle King, Forrest Whittaker suite.

Shawn Johnson leading the pledge and Jennifer Hudson singing the national anthem was just the beginning. From Sheryl Crow to Stevie Wonder, to and John Legend, the stage was a parade of stars before Barack even thought about taking the stage. I'm telling you, when Oprah showed up, the screams from the crowd? I thought someone had died, or worse. The weather was like bathwater, and was a perfect stage for the speeches — the real main event — that we'll get into very soon, because we sure didn't see eye-to-eye on this one. In the meantime, take a peek at who else took in the view tonight.

Fran Drescher performing


Maria Menounos

Oprah and Gayle in red.

To see and John Legend's performance of "Yes We Can,"


kittycat8 kittycat8 9 years
People SHOULD be fanatical about Obama! He's what this country needs after 8 downhill years. Obama/Biden 2008!!!!!!!
kristyrk kristyrk 9 years
I was pumped after his speech. I think he'll make a great president.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
WHEW! First things first. This entire thread needs a drink! :drinks: :drinks: :drinks: :drinks: :drinks: :drinks: There we go. That'll loosen us all up a little. Cab good to see you! AND do my feminist stripes shine that brightly?? ;) I think it's wonderful that McCain picked a woman to be his VP candidate. I think it was strategic, but not any more strategic than Obama picking Biden. They are trying to win this folks. Of course McCain is going after the female vote. It makes sense. Jill thanks for defending my support of Hillary even if Cab was only making a joke.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I also note that you conveniently left out the comment prior to that in which I said I was just offering a different perspective.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
As I have said many times, I was simply providing the other perspective. It is an obvious point, but I thought I would bring it to the table since we weren't previously discussing it. I don't know what else I can really say to make myself more clear.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
I loved Obama's speech. It was very Sorkin-ean as the pundits on MSNBC pointed out (and for the record I was thinking of the American President during the speech before they every mentioned it!).
Jillness Jillness 9 years
This sounded like you were making a counter argument: "I am just pointing out that he is not the sole owner of the ability to excite people." It would seem a pretty obvious point, other wise.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think that Obama's speech really clearly laid out where he stands on issues. With McCain ads that suggest he wants to raise taxes for people who make over $42,000 (which FactCheck has repeatedly shown to be incredibly misleading and incorrect), I think it was important for Obama to lay out where he stands the one moment that the most people were paying attention. Like saying his plan would cut taxes for 95% of Americans. You can't call someone a "Tax and Spend" liberal when they are going to give so much back to the majority of Americans. He was clear on his priorities: Economy, Energy, Education, Infrastructure, Health Care renovation.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I never said anyone was making that argument. In fact, I specifically stated that I wasn't saying that and that I was just providing another point of view. I'm surprised, you usually read really carefully.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
No one was making the argument that he was the only person to get people excited.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
melty man!!! haha
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Citizen just put up an VP thread. You're right. It feels wrong some how to do this here.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I feel bad that we're raining on this Obama thread. Why can't we get a VP thread??? Maybe Citizen and Liberty are on the plane out of Denver.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I think its wrong to assume that all women judge whether or not someone is pro-woman by their stance on abortion. The majority of women voters voted for Bush in 2004 and he isn't pro life.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
I can't imagine that many women who weren't going to vote for McCain will be swayed by Palin. She is staunchly pro-life and wants to drill ANWR. She isn't a Hillary substitute.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
It's ok, Cab! I like Palin. I'm sure Alaska will miss her since it looks like she is only going to do half her term. It is too hard for me to keep track of this thread. Everybody is typing and posting faster than me. I keep having to go back.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Sorry Kas, I didn't mean to imply that you are saying that. It does seem like that was what Steph was saying and I have a feeling that all the lefties will be saying that all day. Sorry, I should have been more clear!
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Cab when did I say she is unqualified for the position? Actually didn't I say in comment 16 that she has a good track record in Alaska and has been Governor for 2 years? She was a mayor before she was Governor and cut her own salary to try to balance the budget. She has had several roles in the Alaska government. The McCain campaign has made at least three attack ads that I can think of trying to sway Hilliary supporters. It would be silly to think he wouldn't use his female VP pick to his advantage as well. I'm not the only one who thinks this. On CNN the Republican pundits are saying the exact same thing.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jill you are completely misconstruing what he said on that and you know it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
McCain, not so much anymore, melty man as my hubby calls him. OO yea Romneys easy on the eyes.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
This is true. That's why I wanted Romney for VP. I could look at him all day.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Plus Obama has a nice handsome smile. its been awhile since we had a good lookin democratic nominee.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I agree, kastarte, I am just pointing out that he is not the sole owner of the ability to excite people.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Kim, I think Obama staffers and supporters are so "fanatical" because there is finally a Democrat presidential candidate to get excited about. People only got really excited about Gore after he lost. And Kerry, for all that he is a good senator, my senator, isn't an inspiring leader. For many of those staffers and "fans" this is the first election where they can get behind some one they truly believe in. That's a pretty powerful feeling. He's made a lot of people interested in politics and the democratic process and that's not a bad thing. Just my opinion though.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"Just asking because what you said is basically what McCain said when talking about that issue." From my memory, that isn't what he said when the Supreme Court reversed the decision of a jury ruling that found that woman who worked at Goodyear was paid less because of her gender. In April, he skipped the vote on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which would have rectified the Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear “that made it much harder for women and other workers to pursue pay discrimination claims.” In fact, on that very same day, McCain said that if he had been in the Senate, he would have voted against it because the bill “opens us up to lawsuits for all kinds of problems.” He also dismissed the importance of equal pay, saying that women simply need “education and training.“
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