SHIFTING SCENERY

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Posted: Sep 05, 2012 8:20 PM
SHIFTING SCENERY

No such thing as a plain vanilla backdrop at the Democratic National Convention.

A series of massive video screens change based on the speaker. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the podium, the Golden Gate Bridge from her hometown of San Francisco formed part of the backdrop. When former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt greeted delegates, he was framed by a nighttime skyline of Charlotte. A tribute to female Senate Democrats featured the Capitol Dome behind them.

But when any members of Obama's Cabinet spoke, a soaring American flag was projected on the screens to avoid violating the Hatch Act, which bars electioneering by federal officials.

Not everyone got localized treatment from the curved, multiscreen backdrop behind the speakers. It changed to different scenes of Americana, providing a visual sampling of the sweep of localities and cultures in attendance at the Democratic National Convention.

— Kenneth Thomas, Laurie Kellman, Matthew Daly — Twitter http://twitter.com/APKenThomas , http://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC , http://twitter.com/APLaurieKellman

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