The Republican National Convention 2012 in Tampa served as a fresh reminder that even carefully choreographed political events do not always go according to plan. This will particularly be helpful for Obama and the Democrats as they gather in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Democratic National Convention.
The first two days of the convention will be held at the Times Warner Cable Arena, whereas, the last night, September 6, will take place at the Bank of America Stadium. For the very first day of the event First Lady Michelle Obama will command the spotlight. And there remains less doubt that she appears to be overwhelmingly excited about the event. She expressed her feelings in one of her tweets saying:
Apart from the first lady, the spotlight will also be shared by the mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro. In one of his tweets he said:
With Joaquin this morning. Getting ready. twitter.com/JulianCastro/s…— Mayor Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) September 3, 2012
Both of them will be joined by former president Jimmy Carter via video. For the following day former US president Bill Clinton occupies prime-time speaking slot as he also stars in a new Obama campaign TV ad. Obama’s team, at least publicly, is expressing confidence that Clinton won’t let them down. According to a senior Obama adviser, “Obviously, President Clinton has extraordinary credibility on these issues of how to build a strong economy.”
“He faced some of the same forces when he was president that President Obama is facing now, the same opposition to dealing with a fiscal challenge by asking the wealthy to pay a little more. We believe he’s an important messenger and, obviously, he’s going to play a significant role in our convention and beyond our convention.”
Bill Clinton will also be joined by Democratic Senate Candidate for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren. The final day of the convention will feature speakers John Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden and US President Barack Obama. With all such ready to take place, it can only be expected that unlike Republicans, Obama camp has something useful to offer and address than the political bashing of opponents and speeches full of deception.