Signing off from Denver after a, um, challenging day at Invesco Field, where Sen. Barack Obama charged up an estimated 84,000 people _ all of whom had to go through metal detectors to get in. Here’s the line I was stuck in for over an hour (this is actually near the end of it; it’s just as long behind this shot):
Probably should have gotten there earlier, because by the time I got in, the stadium was really filling up:
Did get there in time for Sheryl Crow:
Thank goodness for the jumbo screens. That goes double or triple for the Obama speech since the elaborate stage and the TV towers blocked the view of a lot of people in the stadium.
It was my 11th consecutive convention, one made memorable of course by the history made here in Denver _ the nomination of an African-American _ and the drama of the Hillary Rodham Clinton story. Her moment on the Pepsi Center floor stopping the roll call of the states was, like all of the convention, tightly scripted, but still worth watching.
One constant at these conventions, Democratic or Republican: delegates always want to know what you thought about a certain speech, or the convention as a whole. They’re hugely excited, of course, thrilled to have been part of a big political show.
I always hate to dampen their enthusiasm, but the fact is: Well, I didn’t have time to wave signs and cheer and dance to the music. I was working.
Michael McNutt of The Oklahoman’s Capitol bureau takes it from here. He’s heading to Minnesota for the Republican convention and will be blogging about the Oklahomans from there.