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Barack Obama Accepts Nomination Before 84,000 in Denver


This was the view from our seats at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver where last night Barack Obama delivered a speech which from my perspective (both literally and figuratively) lit the Democratic Party with a kind of excitement it has not seen in many years.

The atmosphere at the field was electric. We arrived at about 4 and things were just getting started. Security was tight and the stadium filled slowly to capacity. We had a fairly easy time getting in but soon after there were lines receding into the distance that took hours to process through security.

There's not much more to say - most of you saw it all, and if you haven't, the speech is after the jump. Democrats are energized, to say the least. It's been an exhausting and exhilarating time in Denver.

Check out our slide show of the Convention by clicking here. Move the top bar with your mouse to view the shots or navigate to the side of the large photo to move right and left.

And find all our Democratic National Convention coverage HERE.

Watch Obama's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. A great speech and a fantastic job by the Dems after the last two this one looks like a real winner. I'm volunteering for the first time in a Presidential race, doing trips down to PA on the weekends. I usually work for local races since NYC is always blue, I'm told PA is going to be close so off we go. Go Obama.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Aug 29, 2008 7:34:15 AM

  2. I watched the convention. It was powerful and motivating, even on the small screen. After the four nights, I feel... enlighten and encouraged that there are two good men of integrity and sincerity in this race.

    I was most appreciative of two things; tax cuts for new business owners (I am becoming one), and that EVERY speaker that SHOUTED we need equal rights for gays got a rousing round of applause, if not standing ovation.

    Would you ever hear that at the GOP convention?

    Go Barack! Go Joe! Go America!

    I felt included. I felt like I was being spoken to.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 29, 2008 7:41:34 AM

  3. One of the most amazing and inspiring speeches I have ever heard. Contrary to the media hype about the stage and backdrop, it could not have been more perfect. The producers and the orator are masters at their craft. And, the message is now clarified and sincere.

    Last night, in less than an hour, I came full circle to support Barack Obama for President.

    It will be impossible for McCain to upstage Obama.

    Posted by: Johnny Lane | Aug 29, 2008 8:19:02 AM

  4. Obama's sop to the gay community was that we are "brothers and sisters". A more indifferent platitude I can hardly think of. What I wanted to hear was substance, not feel-good nonsense.

    As for what Democrats in general stand for, it's something called "male heterosexual fantasy". Under male heterosexual fantasy, gay and bi men are marginalized, "hot lesbians" and "hot bi babes" are embraced. You see this in nearly every structure that evolved with liberalism, from porn to pop music.

    The simple fact is this: at least half of our oppression is due to unwritten rules and conventions that operate at the socio-cultural level. The Democrats represent continued oppression of gay and bi men at this level.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 29, 2008 9:09:21 AM

  5. Great coverage of the convention guys!

    I've always been a Hillary fan but the more I hear and watch Obama, the more I like him. Once Hillary was defeated, I knew I was going to vote for him, it was just a matter of how passionate I became.

    I really enjoyed the photos as well. The second to the last photo was a mindtrip!!

    Posted by: Tom S. | Aug 29, 2008 9:09:34 AM

  6. Was it just me then, that I thought the speech was a tiny bit sub-par? I thought he stuttered. He was not as smooth and passionate as his other speeches...

    Posted by: Landis | Aug 29, 2008 9:21:54 AM

  7. I don't see where you're coming from with this gay men and lesbians disparity in the Democratic party - do you have any evidence of this?
    Admittedly, the Democrats are taking the cautious route in regard to GLBT rights (they are politicians, afterall), but at least the value statements brought forth in democratic speeches are all positive ones. If anything, I would say the dems are much more liberal about GLBT rights than they let on, as they're afraid of scaring off the middle-of-the-road voting populace. The Repubs on the other hand...let's just say we'll be hearing a lot about family values from St. Paul in the next few days. This city is going to be hellish for the next week :(

    Posted by: scientitian | Aug 29, 2008 9:30:05 AM

  8. It was perfect! Barack's speech was truly inspirational. Plus, the Palladian symmetry of the stage lent a more appropriately serious backdrop to the proceedings. I too will now more actively campaign, rather than just donating money, to take America back!!!

    Posted by: Bading | Aug 29, 2008 9:32:42 AM

  9. PatrickNYC

    Cool. I read somewhere that Bill Clinton will campaign with Obama in PA, Ohio, and Michigan. Hopefully you get the chance to see Bill in PA on one of your weekends. That would be soooo cool. Get a camera phone if you don't have one yet.

    Johny Lane?




    I will say it is just you . Hoping that you win our bet. :-)


    I posted this in another thread last night. Pat freaking Buchanan "slavery was great" arch-conservative and nixon speech writer gushed over Obama's speech.

    Hell hath frozen over

    Rachel Maddow's stunned look is priceless

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 29, 2008 9:34:14 AM

  10. Brilliant and inspiring. I will campaign this man and do anything thing I can to help get him elected. We all should. We can not afford another four years of Bush and that is what McCain offers.

    Posted by: Roger | Aug 29, 2008 9:38:41 AM

  11. Obama was amazing. Great speech. It was a good night to be a Democrat..He did a great job! I thought everything came together perfectly. The fireworks were a bit much but an outstanding night all around. Getting excited about November now.

    Obama '08

    Posted by: daveynyc | Aug 29, 2008 9:46:21 AM

  12. DaveyNYC


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 29, 2008 9:49:26 AM

  13. Well, Jason's convinced me. I'm so sick of seeing Lindsay Lohan everywhere that I have no choice but to vote against Obama.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Aug 29, 2008 9:57:34 AM


    Oh, my God. There is a God. If one Obama speech can cause y'all to have a drastic change of heart, then, yes, Montana, Colorado, Missouri, Virginia & Nevada are possible! Of course, I think the brilliant & gracious speech by Senator Clinton also helped your hearts in making that changing process. A great Democratic Convention--they showed some real class.


    do you know that there are bisexual "hit" women who will gladly silence you for a few dollars? We don't have time for your foolishness today.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 29, 2008 10:08:51 AM

  15. Hey Jimmy. I already told you I am totally happy if Obama wins. I just dont think he can so i took a bet.

    Posted by: Landis | Aug 29, 2008 10:11:51 AM

  16. landis


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 29, 2008 10:21:51 AM

  17. Pretty inspiring, and a very good mix of sticking it to McCain where it hurts (defense & foreign policy) and spelling out some specifics: health care, education, fighting the RIGHT war, renewable energy, tax cuts for 95% of working families...

    Plus he mentioned same sex marriage and living lives free of discrimination. Yes, that part could be more energizing, but given the national climate, I understand why it's in there with abortion, guns, immigration. The right present the Dem. party as all abortion and same sex marriage all the time.

    I'm still hopeful Obama will deliver on his promise to push for marriage equality, at least in terms of all the rights, if not name. Let it be in the second year, as Barney Frank suggested, fine. It's still much much much more likely to happen faster with Obama in the White House.

    And then there is the Supreme Court issue... Those of you who point to CA justices having been appointed by Republicans -- great for CA! But the truth is that our major opponents on the Supreme Court -- Scalia, Thomas, Alito, now Roberts -- would NEVER have been appointed by a Democrat.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Aug 29, 2008 10:25:44 AM

  18. I'm getting scared

    Joe Scarborough , repub hack, on his show on MSNBC is gushing about the speech.


    its chaos next cats will startliving with dogs ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 29, 2008 10:39:58 AM

  19. Jimmyboyo Derrick Zeke- lol

    YES. Hillary's DNC speech has (finally) inspired me to throw all the support I've given to her to Obama. I'm a proud Democrat and I want the White House in Nov. I think it was great that Obama acknowledged her again last night within the first minute of his speech too..I think he will make a fine President..

    As Hillary put it:

    "We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare."

    Obama '08

    Posted by: daveynyc | Aug 29, 2008 11:00:01 AM

  20. Oh. My. God. McCain just picked a 44 year old first-term Gov of Alaska as his VP.

    The oldest man ever to start his first term, and therefore the most likely to croak or become incapacitated while in office, just picked a woman that very, very few Americans (Repubs especially, I would think) would be comfortable having as Commander in Chief.

    What was he thinking?!

    More on topic: Obama was absolutely amazing. I would even dare to say that that speech has ushered in a new era of post-partisan politics. Or at least, it should have.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Aug 29, 2008 11:02:06 AM

  21. I think TelePrompTer-challenged McCain has his work cut out for him after last night, no matter who he picks as his running mate. (As I write this, Palin looks to be the one--interestingly calculated choice, I'll give him that.) The Democrats emerge from this energized and unified. Listening to Obama last night, the potential for actual change in our country--and in the perception of our country around the world--seemed completely real to me for the first time. Now is our chance to move beyond the disaster of the past 8 years. It's exciting.

    Jason, honey, your troll shtick is tired. Time to go searching in the outback for some new material.

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 29, 2008 11:11:26 AM

  22. My 2 cents:

    I thought that the speech was pretty good, with the exception of his comments about same-sex marriage - I thought he was a wee bit tepid. I can understand why he might think he needed to be so (not wanting to go too radical), but I would have liked a tad more commitment.

    Having said that (and echoing RAD's observation), what was heartening was the noticeably enthusiastic response from the crowd. It was a response by people that I feel would have embraced a more committed stance on his part. It is THEIR commitment that gives me the most hope.

    Posted by: JT | Aug 29, 2008 11:39:23 AM

  23. Palin

    1- rabidly against gay marriage

    2- rabidly anti-choice

    3- rabidly anti-evolution

    4- under investigation already by her legislature

    4- husband works for a FOREIGN Oil company = BP. Not just public enemy #1 at the moment but a non american oil company to boot

    Right this moment, Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) Florida and HUGE Hillary supporter is tearing Palin a new a@@

    "Horribly incompetent'

    "Insulting to female Hillary supporters to think this would tempt us with her anti-choice stand"


    "No experience....."

    You Go Debbie.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz rocked via telephone on MSNBC

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Aug 29, 2008 11:40:10 AM

  24. She also looks exactly like Karen Walker from Will and Grace. I can't believe no one has mentioned it. Really... put a martini in her hand and she could be Anastasia Beaverhausen.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 29, 2008 12:50:17 PM

  25. So the Obama show is finally over huh? good riddance! welcome Palin! What a choice, way to secure the PUMA votes for McCain! Thanks Democrats for ruining another chance to take the White House.

    Posted by: Plaindrome | Aug 29, 2008 12:59:22 PM

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