The Democrat National Convention decided to move from the 73,778 seat Bank of America Stadium back into the 20,200 seat Time Warner Cable Arena for Barack Obama's acceptance speech. Some are speculating that it is because they cannot fill the stadium and that may be true. Others are claiming that there is no chance of rain expected and yet I only live 45 minutes from Charlotte and it is raining now with thunderstorms. In fact, local Charlotte radio points out the thunderstorms are expected in Charlotte this afternoon and evening.

The point is rather moot though. It's a huge disappointment for Democrats. Of course they would love to fill the 70,000 plus stadium for Obama's acceptance speech. However, they have poured lots of money into the venue and they will be losing that by switching to the TWC arena. Local Charlotte Radio has asked if Charlotte and North Carolina taxpayers will be hit with a bill because of the move.

There is no doubt that the numbers are down, but we know how the Democrats work. They will bus people in from miles away to fill whatever venue they are going to be in. The real issue is what will the American people's response be to the speech? I'm serious about this. While many are ready to vote tomorrow to relieve Barack Obama of his White House post, there are still a number of people who want to keep him on the job.

Whatever the reason, we already know that viewing is down for conventions. Some 21 million Americans watched the National Football League's season kickoff game on NBC between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants on Wednesday night, dwarfing the 7.5 million who watched Clinton's lengthy, humorous and detail-heavy address on the ABC and CBS networks, according to Nielsen data.

The real issue is what will the speech produce. Will it be enough to convince people of another term for Obama or will it be a shrug and give him a small bump, much like the RNC did for Romney? We shall wait and see, but we know one thing and that is that Barack Obama is not the Messiah and is not being hailed as such this time around in the manner he was four years ago.

The Washington Post gives us a glimpse of what Obama is expected to have as major points of his speech. According to a report there are several things that he has been floating on the campaign trail. The following is a list of them:

“Four years ago, I promised that I would cut middle-class taxes. And the average middle-class family, their taxes are about $3,600 lower than when I came into office. Now I want to keep taxes exactly where they are on the first $250,000 of everybody’s income. So if you’re a family making under $250,000 — which is 98 percent of American families — you won’t see your income taxes go up by one single dime.”

“I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton.”

“Governor Romney brags about his private sector experience, but it was mostly investing in companies, some of which were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to be a pioneer of outsourcing. I want to insource.”

“I’m also going to ask anybody making over $250,000 a year to go back to the tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton.”

“Governor Romney brags about his private sector experience, but it was mostly investing in companies, some of which were called ‘pioneers’ of outsourcing. I don’t want to be a pioneer of outsourcing. I want to insource.”

“Nearly 7 million young people have health insurance because they’re able to stay on their parents’ plans.”

“Over the last three and a half years, we have focused on righting the ship, making sure that we didn’t slip into a depression, saving an auto industry, creating 4.5 million new jobs, getting health care done, helping young people go to college.”

Of course a few of these claims are just plain false. Yes he has slick language when addressing it, not as slick as Bill Clinton, but it is there. Of course when one has to be slick, then one is attempting to deceive and not be up front. That is the danger when it comes to politics. The American people should not have to be parsing words and sentences in order to understand what those who are running for office are for or against. Sadly, in our day and age, it is exactly those kinds of men that hone that craft that are elected.

We'll see what tonight has in store, but with a storm in view, I wonder if it's a bad omen.

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