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Work Begins On Obama’s Victory Venue

From the Chicago CBS affiliate CBS 2:

Election Night In Grant Park: Construction Begins

City Vows To Bill Obama Campaign For All Costs Associated With Massive Outdoor Bash

CHICAGO (CBS) ― Election Day is less than two weeks away, and Chicago could be home to the biggest political party in the country. Construction is underway for a massive stage in Grant Park where Barack Obama could declare victory on election night.

As CBS 2’s Joanie Lum and Political Editor Mike Flannery report, tens of thousands are expected to gather before the stage on election night. One way or another, that huge crowd will witness history.

The event would require massive security, but the Obama campaign promises that Chicago taxpayers will not have to foot the bill for police, fire and medical services that would be required for election night…

A lot of work remains on platforms for speakers, risers for cameras and security barricades. Earlier Wednesday, construction crews at the south end of Grant Park were assembling what they said would hold a giant video screen for the election night gathering.

No one really knows how many people will come to the lakefront’s Grant Park on Nov. 4. Weather will likely play a role. It was warm and sunny a few days ago in St. Louis when Barack Obama drew an estimated 100,000 to the banks of the Mississippi River…

Deputies to Mayor Richard M. Daley have been planning for the potentially huge event for more than a month

Security would include perimeter fences, street closures and metal detectors, as have been seen at Grant Park in the past. But because Obama has requested more security, Secret Service agents would also be present, and snipers would be posted on buildings nearby.

Obama is also charging hefty fees for TV stations to get the better camera spots. But they maintain they won’t make any profit by the event, hoping just to break even.

“There’ll be a vast grassy area where the public and the news media can watch Barack Obama for free,” said Obama spokesman Justin DeJong.

Again, that is assuming that Obama has anything to say publicly. The outdoor nomination ceremony at the Democratic Convention in Denver was produced by filmmaker Steven Spielberg. There is no word on who is going to create the Grant Park stage.

Hubris, anyone?

“There’ll be a vast grassy area where the public and the news media can watch Barack Obama for free,” said Obama spokesman Justin DeJong.

How very kind of them.

Especially since this was recently reported by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times:

Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets

By Lynn Sweet
October 21, 2008

WASHINGTON—The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama’s outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago. If a reporter wants access to the file center–which will be the best place to find Obama officials and spokesmen–be prepared to write a check for $935. The cheapest place a reporter could stand on a riser with a view is $880.

That $935 covers one reporter in a heated file tent, power, cable tv, internet and food. I am told by an Obama spokesman who did not want his name used that this just covers costs and they are not turning a profit on this…

Anyway, as we have previously noted, Grant Park was the site of the 1968 Democrat Convention riots, which were attended by many of Mr. Obama’s current supporters.

So this should be all very nostalgic.

The outdoor nomination ceremony at the Democratic Convention in Denver was produced by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

We are reasonably well-informed, and yet this is the first time we recall hearing this.

What other details from this historic candidacy have been withheld?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Work Begins On Obama’s Victory Venue”

  1. curvyred says:

    Can we please vote against this massive ego?

  2. Kilmeny says:

    Would it be free if one were to bring their own box to stand on?

    So….media hysteria when Sarah Palin buys job-related workwear….and no one bats an eyelash over having to pay $800 for a stepstool at Obama’s premature victory party. Interesting……

  3. artboyusa says:

    “The Fortune Teller Speaks”! An ONLY IN AMERICA: the Legend of Barack Obama Special!

    “What do you see, gypsy woman?”

    “Hmmm…the crystal is dark and unsettled. Perhaps a donation to support my work in the community will drive away the clouds” crooned the exotic stranger.

    “Oh, okay” said Artboy. “Cross your palm with silver, eh? Here you go”.

    “I don’t want a tea pot, you doofus. I want money! Take that thing away – and besides, its pewter”.

    “Wow – you really can see beyond the opaque veil of reality!” gasped the credulous New Englander. “Here you go: twenty bucks okay?”

    “Better make it thirty. Thanks. Now the clouds depart…what do we behold? Ah, yes: now I see a man half black and half white but 100% post racial on a white float waving to the crowds. The float says “Change” in big letters of gold. A wedding? A coronation?”

    “It’s Obama’s Inauguration Day. What else do you see?”

    “Besides him stands his callypygean wife. She is grinning like anything. Pride in her country fills her heart, for the first time ever. Rose petals fall from the sky like rain. I hear the sound of cheering, flags fluttering in the breeze, brass band music…”


    “Look it up. Don’t expect me to do all the work, mammal. I see more: the media in their thousands, hearts racing, eyes shining with devotion, voices breaking with enthusiasm, their panties soaked with love honey…”


    “Young mothers hold their children high, seeking a blessing from the Anointed One. Cripples wave their shrivelled limbs, hoping to be cured by his gaze…”

    “Great Reagan’s Ghost” shuddered the self-admitted right wing conspirator. “Anything else?”

    “I see another man. Alone in an office. It is shaped like an egg –an oval! He is cleaning out his desk. He speaks! ‘Maybe, um, if I’d been a, er, better president none of this woulda happened’ he says. Ah! He is startled by this spasm of self-awareness and resumes packing…”

    “Trop tard, as the Frenchies say. Too late”.

    “I see another man –no, it is a woman! I think. She sits in shadow. She is weeping hot, bitter tears. She sits alone, rocking back and forth. She wears a pantsuit of canary yellow…’Sorry, Daddy’ she whispers. ‘Sorry I let you down”.

    “I recognize that outfit. Anything else?”

    “I see a dark man wearing robes of many colors…upon his head is a mask carved from some strange wood, with the horns of the buffalo and eyes which bulge. A terrible sight! He dances and wails. He invokes strange gods. He beats a little drum and shakes his booty…”

    “That’s Reverend Wright. He’s Barry’s high priest or spiritual advisor or something”.

    “He is most exotic…now I see another man, old and white of hair. He sits alone before the television, watching the man on the float smile and wave. He sighs and changes channels – what does he watch? Ah, it is ‘Maury’ – I love that show! Let’s see – wow. It turns out Jamal is not the father of Kaneesha’s baby. I knew it!”

    “Sure you did” said Artboy.

    “There is something else…now I see the Nevada desert. I see men in uniforms holding blueprints…I see fences: tall fences of barbed wire. I see watchtowers and angry dogs on short leashes. I see a sign above the gate…what does it say?”

    “It says ‘Camp Tookie: Federal Re-Education and Containment Facility. Fixing Conservatives since 2009’ answered Artboy in a flat voice.

    “So it does! How did you know that?”

    “You’re not the only one who can see the future, gypsy woman”.

  4. Colonel1961 says:

    Heck, let’s just let he and Michelle move on in – no need to have an election! I’ll bet those gosh-darned republicans are just gonna try and steal it again anyway!

    I mean, let’s get real – he’s already started working on his stagecraft, we can’t turn him down now! Think of his typical white grandmother, for goodness’ sake? How disappointed would she be if he hid, er, uh, went to her aide at this most inopportune moment and then lost…

    Plus, I need some wealth spread around over by my house from all those evil rich folks.

  5. 1sttofight says:

    Voting for The One is just like hitting the lottery.
    Free bubble up and Rainbow stew for everyone.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    Hey! Are those two guys licensed stage builders?!

  7. 1sttofight says:

    Hey! Are those two guys licensed stage builders?!

    Would Joe the Plumber be racked over the coals if he were black?
    Blacks or democrats(redundant) do not have to be liscensed.

  8. wardmama4 says:

    If this was a Republican the msm would be howling about the hubris – much like Gov Palin saying that if she had made the Biden gaffe it would be front page, above the fold news.

    At least – Pew Research just showed that msm coverage of Obama is predominantly positive and of McCain is predominantly negative – and that by a margin of 70% to 9% voters say the media wants Obama to win over McCain.

    Good that it got out before the election – hopefully it will inspire the right people to vote.

  9. 1sttofight says:

    When The One loses, Chicago will burn down for the second time, and they can’t blame a cow this time.

  10. sheehanjihad says:

    No, they cant blame the cow…but they can attribute it to the “bull”……..

  11. 1sttofight says:

    I am in a safe area. but I am locked and loaded just in case.
    Of course I am Locked and Loaded every day…

  12. Liberals Demise says:

    I wonder if there will be a money exchange booth at his Thorning event? You know, where you can change the All Mighty Whitey Dollars for Half Honkey Notes! The mantra of the night will be “BURN BABY BURN!!” Win or lose!!

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