DNC Day One: An Overview

Categories: Chelsea Green News, Politics & Social Justice
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 at 10:13 am by admin

Whirlwind! Today began at the Colorado Historical Museum where the Americans for Democratic Action sponsored an event with Robert Kuttner, Representative Barney Frank, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and a few others. The event had standing-room only, and we were able to distribute a over a hundred copies of Obama’s Challenge.

Barney Frank gave a humorous talk in which he admitted that politicians “fib” (as in, “I love to campaign.”), said the “rising tide” goes up some people’s noses, and that Kuttner’s Obama’s Challenge was “absolutely right.”

Robert spoke about the need for a transformative president—one willing to rise above the status quo and meet the enormous challenges of the day. Obama, he convincingly argued, was the only candidate with the promise to do so.

Robert Kuttner and Representative Barney Frank who said, “Bob Kuttner is absolutely right.”

We continued from there to the “Big Tent” which housed the bloggers’ quarters.  The room was filled with silent drones staring at screens typing furiously away. I have no idea what they could have been typing as they were alone and far from the action of the convention. I would have taken photos but we were thrown out for inadaquate access priviledges and attempting to distribute books.

Katharine and I then traveled down to the Pepsi Center, which is where the main events are taking place. All the media outlets are set up in large white tents that they’re calling media pavilions. These tents house The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Reuters, etc.

CNN, however, is too large and important to be housed in such humble quarters. They took the less conventional route and set up shop in a large brick building adjacent to the Pepsi Center. Across the side of the red brick they’ve obnoxiously painted “CNN = POLITICS” and other such corporate slogans.

I’ll get a better photo of it today. The news anchors are all walking around with squawking, fluttering entourages. They are seven feet tall and have makeup caked on to their faces at all times. It gives me the distinct impression that the folks we trust to tell us about our world have absolutely no idea what the world is like. Sean Hannity, from Fox, was the only anchor I saw traveling alone and most like a regular person. But, of course, he’s seven feet tall.

Notable celebrity sightings of the day: Sean Hannity, John King, Arianna Huffington, Barney Frank, Senator Jim Webb, Madeleine Kunin, and of course, Robert Kuttner.

More to come!

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