OnThe Bus

I'm on the press bus to Invesco. The crowds are huge. Security lines way too long.

It wasn't too bad getting in. Speeches are going on. I'm in the MSM press filing area. No laptop, just my iPhone. I hope Big Tent or TChris are around to fix typos . If not, please try to guess what I meant to write.

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    As my father would say... (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by kredwyn on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 04:58:05 PM EST
    in his worst Billy Crystal imitation...

    "Have fun storming the castle!"

    As an amateur historian (5.00 / 0) (#7)
    by Redshoes on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:02:52 PM EST
    I'm happy for you -- whenever I see the icon photos -- history being made -- I think what must if it have been like to be there.  


    Go Gators Go...oh wait, I mean (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:05:00 PM EST
    good luck and I hope the Big O is a smash hit.
    Let us know if Obama busts out a guitar and plays
    "We built this city"

    Actually (5.00 / 3) (#12)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:09:48 PM EST
    you know what would be awesome is if at the end of his speech, Obama would start saying "I can do no more, I cain't do no more..." and then Biden rushes out and puts a cape around his shoulders.

    Suddenly when it looks as if Obama has collapsed from speech exhaustion, he's crumpled under the cape and Biden holds him, shielding him from the demanding fans, suddenly he undrapes the cape and comes back for more...


    Let us know if any of that happens! And even if it doesn't I suspect it will be QUITE a show.


    Even more awesome (none / 0) (#28)
    by Grace on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:01:55 PM EST
    If, at the end of his speech, Obama would whip off his glasses and his clothes would pop off and his Superhero costume would be underneath...  And while the music crescendos, he points his arms towards the people in the nose-bleed section and he flies around the stadium with his cape fluttering behind him!

    That would be totally awesome!  

    Unfortunately, he doesn't wear glasses and he's a mere mortal, just like the rest of us, so it ain't gonna happen.  

    But we can dream.  ;-)  


    brilliant (none / 0) (#29)
    by p lukasiak on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:04:29 PM EST

    Oh no! (none / 0) (#1)
    by Steve M on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 04:48:57 PM EST
    Be careful, Jeralyn.  Don't get thrown under the bus!

    Hee (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by janarchy on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:09:45 PM EST
    Maybe in a show of Unity, everyone will break into a rousing chorus of Kiss Me On The Bus by the Replacements (which I should add has been in my head from the moment I saw Jeralyn's headline).

    (no snark intentional! I swear!)


    The Replacements~! (none / 0) (#13)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:13:10 PM EST
    "Don't Buy or Sell. It's Crap."

    is one of there CDs I was listening to last week.
    haha... Great band. I think they are from MINN, so maybe they'll have a reunion and play for McCain and Crew instead!



    My favorite REPLACEMENTS album ... (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Robot Porter on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:28:29 PM EST
    will always be LET IT BE.  That wonderful slab from way back in 1984.

    Probably somewhere in my top 20 albums of all time too.


    REPLACE The Republicans! (none / 0) (#27)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:58:39 PM EST
    I know how BTD makes sure we stay "on topic" hence my subject heading.
    [tee hee}

    The Replacements were frikken terrific!
    If you haven't already, DO check out their EP
    "Dont Buy or Sell, It's Crap" because it's great crap!Extra Cheese!
    I really dig "Pleased To Meet Me" too.


    rocks the house. All cheers for 80's rock.

    that the Republicans get bounced out the door landing with a THUD on their saggy bottoms!

    For we are neither BUYING NOR SELLING their CRAP!

    And on that note, I'm outta here...see you all
    after BIG O's speech. I got fingers crossed that it'll make the Greeks and Columns and America proud...seriously. But I miss Hillary to the core of my being. Or even deeper than that.


    I never was a huge Placemats fan (none / 0) (#33)
    by janarchy on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:11:15 PM EST
    cos their frat boy antics and drunken stupidity kind of turned me off but there were some great pop songs by Westerberg. And that song popped into my head when I saw the headline and hasn't left since.

    frat boy antics and drunken stupidity (none / 0) (#40)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:39:05 PM EST
    is a large part of Rock in the first place. No?
    By the way WESTERBERG is a republican (or at least he used to be and a very gungho one at that.)
    ALSO in the past he has made very objectionable, racist comments. The only reason I keep their tunes around is because the rest of his bandmates weren't as problematic politically or racially. But don't get me wrong I surely don't think them genius or some Elvis Costello (who also made a big racial slur, but only one and he's not a repub, he's a brit/DEM lover who sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Hillary Clinton this year at her birthday party!) This entire thread has veered like mad [oooops].

    "PLACEMATS" is funny.


    As a lad... (none / 0) (#54)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 07:27:43 PM EST
    ...I spent enough time around the 'Mats to know that the only one of them anywhere near being a frat boy was Paul.  The rest were definately drunks--and proud of it at the time.  

    Ultimately, that's what cost Bob his life.    


    RE: The Republicans (none / 0) (#15)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:15:49 PM EST
    Don't Buy or Sell. It's Crap.

    You beat me to it... (none / 0) (#3)
    by pmj6 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 04:54:57 PM EST
    I was (none / 0) (#6)
    by frenly on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 04:58:06 PM EST
    almost there

    LOL!!! Ya'll never give up! Too funny! (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptainAmerica08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:04:52 PM EST
    On the bus or off the bus (none / 0) (#4)
    by Edgar08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 04:56:22 PM EST
    Is it better to be under the bus or (none / 0) (#23)
    by oculus on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:37:53 PM EST
    under the pudding?  

    Security must be unimaginable. (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptainAmerica08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:06:33 PM EST

    I thought I saw the Unity Pony! (none / 0) (#14)
    by nycstray on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:13:11 PM EST
    Then I remembered they were at the Bronco's stadium! lol!~

    Good luck (none / 0) (#16)
    by Faust on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:18:41 PM EST
    I've seen lots of reports that it's pretty nuts there.

    Kinda a sad sign of the times ... (none / 0) (#17)
    by Robot Porter on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:20:04 PM EST
    that the convention was held at the Pepsi Center, and the speech is at Invesco Field.

    How long before this trend moves to federal buildings?

    Will someday the Capitol building become the Microsoft Pavilion?  Will the White House become Google House?

    Haliburton House is more (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by bjorn on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:21:17 PM EST
    like it!

    Talk In Chicago (5.00 / 1) (#19)
    by mmc9431 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:25:13 PM EST
    papers and radio about Tribune selling the naming rights for Wrigley Field. So I guess nothing is sacred now!

    With all due respect to Wrigley... (none / 0) (#36)
    by CoralGables on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:32:18 PM EST
    wasn't Wrigley the initial corporate named field?

    To be perfectly accurate (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by echinopsia on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:28:01 PM EST
    The locals didn't want to cave completely to the corporate naming, so the official name is Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium.

    But the locals ( and even Invesco execs) call it the Diaphragm.


    Hmmm ... (none / 0) (#22)
    by Robot Porter on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:30:35 PM EST
    But the locals ( and even Invesco execs) call it the Diaphragm.

    Too many punchlines.  I'll let you imagine I just typed the best one.


    Don't hold back (none / 0) (#25)
    by echinopsia on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:40:54 PM EST
    Can we consider this an open thread? (none / 0) (#24)
    by scribe on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:40:51 PM EST
    'Cause, if so, we should take a look at the indictment of Houston US District Judge Samuel Kent, for sex crimes.  He was "indicted Thursday on charges of abusive sexual contact and aggravated sexual abuse, making him the first federal judge to be charged with federal sex crimes and the first in Texas to be indicted in recent history."  I have not found a link to the indictment, and the article is not clear as to how many counts, so I don't think there's any way of predicting his sentencing exposure, other than to say it's likely not going to be a fine and probation.  I'd suspect he's looking at some hard time.

    It's sad when things like this happen - not because the grand jury decided to hand up an indictment, but rather when the behavior of an adult gets so out of hand that it comes to this.

    There'll Be Fireworks (none / 0) (#26)
    by JimWash08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 05:57:14 PM EST
    I just got a text from a friend who's waiting in a security line. She said she saw a tonne of fireworks shells being set up a half-mile away from the stadiums.

    Looks like they're going all out to make this a celebration. Considering the historical aspect of this day, both literally and figuratively, it sure is worthy of fireworks.

    I just wonder who's in charge of the bill.

    And speaking of party... calling all Donna Brazille and Roland Martin fan; I wanna hear ya say "Woot! Woot!"

    -crickets chirp-

    Alright, well, Miss D and Mr. R got their boogie-woogie on* last night, so they sure will be in the mood to partay. I mean, after all that hard work of commentating on CNN over the last 8-9 months, they deserve it!

    Even Gloria Borger couldn't help but make a cameo at the end.

    *Do not click if you are eating or drinking!

    Who is paying for it? You are (none / 0) (#32)
    by Cream City on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:10:59 PM EST
    and I am.  You missed this story?  It was quite talked about a couple of days ago.  But maybe not here.

    This is the main reason why this overblown event is wrong.  It is subsidized by us, including many Americans who are in economic trouble these days.

    I no longer am checking off that box on my tax form.


    Good to know (none / 0) (#37)
    by waldenpond on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:34:10 PM EST
    I thought the money went to candidates.  Sorry, I think it is a waste of tax payer funds.  The conventions are thrown by private clubs, they should pay their own way.

    If we see any Pepsi ads or (none / 0) (#45)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:43:19 PM EST
    any product stuff then we'll know it's not entirely paid by us. REMEMBER when Obama had a blatant plug for Abercrombie & Fitch? How lame was that?

    I sure hope their are no ADVERTS.
    But hey, The Big O also pays his staff about 42million a MONTH! And he (as I am told) employs
    400 cyber commenters {correct me if this is not true}...I don't want to pay for ANY of that!


    No Big O (none / 0) (#48)
    by waldenpond on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:50:21 PM EST
    Use the candidates names.  Per Jeralyn... thanks.

    Use the parent key, it's an entertaining thread.  :)


    Was just about to (none / 0) (#51)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:55:14 PM EST
    log off... I don't understand about "use the parent key" I clicked it and just saw you, me and the original comment that I replied to. And now I feel that I am missing out on something because I am cyberDaft:=}}

    And wow, more RULES that I didn't know about.
    I have seen people all over these boards use nicknames (LIEbermann and such)...well okay, there will be no more BIG O. (!!!)



    The "BO" thing... (5.00 / 1) (#52)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:58:00 PM EST
    Oh saw it. :=}}okay.

    We can not use his middle name and can not use his actual initials. Man oh Man, it's really...


    Wow, I always check that box (none / 0) (#41)
    by Valhalla on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:39:16 PM EST
    Not anymore, though.

    I Should've Guessed (none / 0) (#43)
    by JimWash08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:41:04 PM EST
    Thanks CC for sharing. It really would have been presumptuous of me to believe that those 1.5 million donors to the Obama campaign who've willing contributed $5, $50, even $150 every week were funding this grand party. How silly of me.

    Hopefully a true media organization worth its salt, if one even exists in this day, will dig into the public records -- with a FOIA if necessary -- for the total budgets and expenses of both conventions. Heck, maybe a breakdown of every expense, including staging and publicity.


    If that's the most rhythm and soul Donna B. has, (none / 0) (#55)
    by DeborahNC on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 01:30:34 AM EST
    then, that's pathetic. Even I can do better than that!! (and I say so myself ;^) )

    are you far away enough... (none / 0) (#30)
    by p lukasiak on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:06:52 PM EST
    ...from the stage that the Ocropolis looks small enough to be crushed by a dwarf?

    It's a good night of those of us who (none / 0) (#31)
    by Redshoes on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:09:53 PM EST
    who value equality and the promise of our imperfect union.

    I'm watching PBS and Emily Rooney (Andy's daughter) interviewed Jesse Jackson Jr at Mile High -- he's likened Obama to Jackie Robinson.  

    Wonder what a Brooklyn Dodgers' fan would think of that?

    Does anyone know.... (none / 0) (#34)
    by p lukasiak on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:19:41 PM EST
    how they manage to not show the "temple" when the speakers are talking?   What kind of lens can give that kind of "no perspective" view that makes it look like the podium is right in front of the wall, rather than a good 10-15 yards away from it?

    I think (none / 0) (#47)
    by Desired User Name on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:47:34 PM EST
    they plan to roll in a red brick wall (like they have in all the comedy clubs) when the
    Big O gets off a few good ones at McCain's expense.
    And then they might be rolling in a Green Screen
    when he talks about the future so the background can feature a group of supporters from other planets provided by George Lucas. At the end they'll roll in a Red Carpet for Obama to exit stage.

    Jesse Jackson Jr. (none / 0) (#35)
    by shoephone on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:21:22 PM EST
    sounding ridiculous once again.

    I hope saying that is not a bannable offense.

    Stating the obvious (none / 0) (#38)
    by Fabian on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:37:31 PM EST
    shouldn't be a bannable offense.  As for JJJr?  Nooooooo comment.

    It occurs to me (5.00 / 1) (#42)
    by Steve M on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:40:32 PM EST
    that a good way to pick up a few more votes for Obama from the holdouts would be for the Gov of Illinois to promise not to appoint JJ Jr. to the empty Senate seat.

    Jeralyn, (none / 0) (#39)
    by Radiowalla on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:38:45 PM EST
    I hope you find this event worthwhile.  Personally, I'd pay hard cash to avoid sitting in the sun with throngs of people.   Thanks for serving as our eyes and ears.

    does anyone know (none / 0) (#44)
    by ccpup on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:43:06 PM EST
    when Obama is scheduled (EST) to speak?

    During the 10-11PM hour (none / 0) (#46)
    by JimWash08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:45:31 PM EST
    Eastern time.

    thank you (none / 0) (#50)
    by ccpup on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:53:58 PM EST
    Al Gore (none / 0) (#53)
    by JimWash08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:59:23 PM EST
    I believe Al Gore is speaking before that.

    So if you're into him, you might want to tune in earlier than that. I don't want you to miss it if you're a Gore fan. :)

    Until then, I suppose it will be lots of live musical performances with a few minor speeches thrown in to make it look as a legitimate and 'presidential' as possible, and not a political Super Bowl half-time show.


    Warm-Up Acts (none / 0) (#49)
    by JimWash08 on Thu Aug 28, 2008 at 06:50:35 PM EST
    Sheryl Crow's singing "Change (Would Do You Good)" right now.

    Earlier, will.i.am and John Legend performed.

    Oprah Winfrey and a busload of Hollywood stars are in attendance at the stadium too. Wonder if there are bratwursts and beer stands too.

    I wonder what air. temp is like there? Looks really sunny, so it must be pretty warm.