Slog News & Arts

Line Out

Music & Nightlife

« Terrible News About Slats' Hat | America the Beautiful »

Thursday, August 28, 2008

At Mile High

posted by on August 28 at 15:55 PM

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:


RSS icon Comments

Posted by stinkbug | August 28, 2008 3:58 PM

What time does the speech start, does anyone know?

Posted by Abby | August 28, 2008 4:03 PM


This is what I've seen (Seattle times listed):

4:17 pm – Rep. John Lewis
5:15 pm - Gov. Bill Richardson
5:22 pm – Gov. Tim Kaine
5:35 pm – Stevie Wonder performance
5:50 pm – Al Gore
6:09 pm – Susan Eisenhower
6:57 pm – Sen. Dick Durbin
7:15 pm – Barack Obama

You already missed Shawn Johnson doing the Pledge of Allegiance.

Posted by stinkbug | August 28, 2008 4:06 PM

Good. Then I can go to the gym without missing Obama.

Posted by Abby | August 28, 2008 4:10 PM

That is Samantha Bee as the back end of a donkey. John Oliver should be taping The Bugle now. If you haven't heard the bugle, you should.

Posted by elswinger | August 28, 2008 4:13 PM

Stupid question, but is there any concern that the stadium will have any empty seats? Seems like that might not look so good.

Posted by Brad | August 28, 2008 4:17 PM

Hm, this definitely looks like a redress of the podium setup from the 2004 GOP convention:

- complete with step-raised central dias.

Maybe the idea is to allow the Republican idiots to continue kvetching with their "Barackopolis" drivel, then respond with, "but, gee. We just rented it from the same place you guys did four years ago", which I personally think would be HEE-larious, although undoubtedly it'll go right over the head of the mouth-breather contingent.

Posted by COMTE | August 28, 2008 4:23 PM

Nonny nonny boo-boo, xtian idiots! Sunny and warm!!!

Posted by P to the J | August 28, 2008 4:25 PM

Ok, watching the MSNBC feed right now -- what is the band? A change band?

Posted by Juan | August 28, 2008 4:36 PM

See you at the Spitfire!

Try to arrive before 7 pm, ok?

If you remind me, I'll get you a Rainier or Kokanee.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 28, 2008 4:52 PM

Hey sheryl crow? out of our heads and into our hearts? I think that might be how we got into this mess in the first place.

Posted by jkjk | August 28, 2008 4:54 PM

@5 I love the Bugle! I love John Oliver! He is my weird celebrity crush. He's hilarious, he has that great British accent, and he's a bit geeky to boot. Swoon.

Posted by PopTart | August 28, 2008 5:42 PM

#6 CNN On-Line is saying the line to get into the stadium is SIX MILES long!!!

Posted by elswinger | August 28, 2008 5:52 PM

Comments Closed

Comments are closed on this post.