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 History Making @ Invesco Field in Denver 

Submitted by Caterina Rost on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 22:26

Today, Barack Obama officially accepted the nomination as the candidate for president of the Democratic party, 45 years after Martin Luther King's internationally known "I have a dream" speech.



The experience of being at Invesco Field to see the events of the evening unfold was quite exciting. The event started a little after 3 pm and lasted until about 9 pm finishing with a big fireworks. I got to the area around 2 pm, thinking I am doing well in terms of time. Unfortunately, however, the area wasn't signposted very well, so I was not quite sure where I was going. I eventually figured out where I needed to go and where exactly the press gate was. I entered the secure area walking through a trailer park of media truck, among which was also the truck for "The Daily Show." 


Inside of the stadium, that holds about 75,000 people and that is the home of the football team Denver Bronchos, I made my way to the area reserved for writing press. There I foungd myself a seat with a fairly good view of the stage. Excited to be there and to absorb everything that happened, I didn't leave that seat anymore until the end of the celebration.


During the six hour event, several artists performed and numerous politicians held speeches. Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, and Will.i.am  appeared before the crowd. The "Yes We Can" Song by Will.i.am was definitely my favorite. Bill Richardson and Joe Biden were among the numerous politicians to speak. The grand-daughter of former Republican President Eisenhower also held a short speech in support of Barack Obama. One of the highlights and a really smart move from my perspective was the series of average Americans (all from swing states) holding short speeches. Their speeches definitely mixed things up allowing other average Americans to relate to the campaign. They were also really refreshing, since they were quite different stylistically compared to the speeches by all the politicians.


Another emotional moment was the tribute to Martin Luther King, who held his famous "I have a dream" speech at the 1968 March on Washington. And then the big moment came, Barack Obama came on stage and the crowd went crazy. Even in the press stands people were waving flags and Obama signs. As always and as most of you have probably seen by now, the speech was great as always. One of my favorite moments during the speech was, when Obama said: 


And we will keep our promise to every young American - if you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.


Because the African-American dad, who was sitting next to me with his two young sons, turned to his sons in excitement saying: "Did you hear that? This is about your future!"


Afterwards, there was a huge fireworks and confetti... and everybody seemed awfully happy and excited to have withnessed the historic moment. 


Little Boy Holding Flags
Me @ Invesco Field
Invesco Field
Invesco Field Crowd
Biden Speaking @ Invesco Field
African-American Family
Barack Obama @ Invesco Field
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Will.i.am & John Legend performing "Yes We Can" at Invesco Field

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