2008 At Mile High
posted by August 28 at 15:55 PMon
Annie Wagner and I have made it out to Mile High, where we have very spotty internet access—so if we go dark check back later for our take on the stadium extravaganza.
I’m up in a press sky box, watching the seats slowly fill up.
Annie is down on the floor, which is essentially the convention hall floor arrangement transported to the stadium. The big difference, though, is that the delegate floor seats are surrounded by tens of thousands more seats for the public.
Obama will speak in front of a backdrop of Greek columns and American flags, which from above seems a little much. But when I see it straight on through the TV monitors it’s not quite as bad. It’s meant, I guess, to evoke the powerful corridors of D.C.
Subliminal visual message: Look how good this guy looks in front of a set that looks kinda like the front of the White House.
But on the way in there was no mistaking that this is a stadium. People were scalping and begging for tickets, offering parking at outrageous rates ($50 in some cases), and, in the case of the Daily Show Crew, holding a tailgate party. I think that’s Samantha Bee in some sort of animal suit: