The rafters are yawningly empty — no balloons caught up in nets and ready to be dropped. Instead, steel girders sit bare high above the floor of the arena where the Democrats are holding their national convention.
Party officials were caught flat-footed on the balloon front when they moved the last night of their convention — and President Barack Obama's big speech — from an outdoor football stadium to the arena where they'd held the first two nights of their convention, because of weather worries.
There wasn't time to order balloons to drop from the ceiling as the traditional end of an indoor convention celebration, organizers said.
Never fear, however.
Party officials have promised some other type of festive end-of-night prop.
— Sally Buzbee
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