Thousands of people whose plans to attend President Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium got derailed by the weather still got energized for the fall campaign with several watch parties inside the Charlotte Convention Center.
Obama campaign volunteers and his admirers who secured tickets to the stadium said they were disappointed with missing his speech in person but still wanted to be a part of history. So at least 4,000 were content with sitting in air-conditioned comfort inside convention center meeting rooms to cheer on Vice President Joe Biden and the president while watching big screen TVs.
"I'd like to have found all of us together at the stadium," said David Whitson, 54, of Charlotte, but "this is very electrifying." Whitson is a carpenter who spent the week setting up the stadium for the speech that never happened there. Now, he said, "we're taking it all down."
The watch parties were organized by the Obama campaign in North Carolina and suggested volunteers who secured stadium tickets to bring family and friends.
Jackie White, 54, of Charlotte said she waited in line for 10 hours to get tickets but wasn't too heartbroken about the venue change. She was still undecided entering Obama's Thursday night speech about whether she'd vote for him.
Still, White said, "I came here to want to be a part of this extraordinary moment."
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