Obama Praises Clinton and Talks Stadium Move in Call With Supporters
Source: New York Times
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bill Clinton’s prosecutorial speech to the Democratic convention on Wednesday night went as far as anyone has this year in delineating the differences between the Democratic and Republican agendas, President Obama said on Thursday.
During a conference call meant to buck up disappointed supporters who would miss his convention speech Thursday night, Mr. Obama credited Mr. Clinton’s rousing speech Wednesday night, saying that Mr. Clinton “broke down the issues as effectively as anyone could.”
Mr. Obama was supposed to deliver his big acceptance speech Thursday night at the Bank of America football stadium here, in an effort to evoke the fervor and emotional pitch of his Denver acceptance speech four years ago. But organizers said that forecast rain necessitated moving the big stadium speech to the smaller Time Warner Cable Arena. That also meant that thousands of supporters who traveled to Charlotte to hear Mr. Obama in person would instead be watching the closing festivities on TV. Mr. Obama said he regretted having to move the event, but didn’t want to put safety at risk because of inclement weather.
“We can’t let a little thunder and lightning get us down,” Mr. Obama told supporters during a short, low-key call. “We’re going to roll with it.”