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Republican Convention Preview: The Upcoming Storm

This morning John McCain revealed his pick for Vice President. It was timed as expected: The announcement was made directly after Barack Obama's history making acceptance speech yesterday to reduce the news coverage about the Democrats successful and historic convention and to refocus on the Republicans. I actually first heard about it, when I was at Denver International Airport this morning waiting for my flight to Salt Lake City to depart.


Political Discussion Above the Clouds, Part II

I guess I should turn this into a series... After all, people who sit next to me in the air plane seem to always feel like they need to talk to me. So here is my most recent experience:

Flying through Salt Lake City, Utah, is quite something. The experience certainly met my expectations because on my flight to the Mormon state, a Mormon sat next to me. That fact alone was hilarious: I got the full dose of cultural differences and coming to Utah (even if it's only for a short layover) without meeting a Mormon wouldn't have been authentic I suppose.


History Making @ Invesco Field in Denver

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.




Internet at the Pepsi Center

There is no free wireless internet on the floor and in the press stands in the Pepsi Center… to my great surprise. So I went to the technology center asking about the access at my press seat, only to find out that it would cost me $850, plus $500 because it’d be a late order, to have the internet at my seat for the three days in the Pepsi Center. Seriously?! I decided to safe that money and to use the press filing area that has free wireless instead. The sole delegate for the Democrats Abroad from Germany told me that it was advertised before the convention started.


Democratic National Convention Pictures

To give you a few impressions of the Democratic National Convention in Denver check out these pictures:  


Schauspiel ohne gleichen: Auftakt des Parteitages der Demokraten

Diese Woche treffen sich die Demokraten in Denver, Colorado. In den letzten Tagen sind tausende Journalisten, Lobbyisten, Aktivisten und Politiker in die Stadt im Westen der USA geströmt. Die Einheimischen haben ihnen das Zentrum der Stadt großteils überlassen. Universitäten und Bürogebäude bleiben geschlossen. An jeder Ecke gibt es Obama und Convention Souvenirs, sowie Aktivisten, die unter anderem gegen den Krieg protestieren.  


Countdown to the Convention

It's just a few hours to go until the Democratic National Convention officially starts. I have been in town since the 21st. I have witnessed a transformation of the city in the last couple of days. Everybody is getting ready for the official opening of the convention Monday night 5 pm ET. The number of police cars and officers has substantially increased. Reports and politicians flocked to town and helicopters started flying regularly over the area.


Conversation with an Undecided Florida Voter

On my flight from Washington DC to Atlanta today, I had a very interesting conversation with the guy, who was sitting next to me. My one-hour conversation with Garry, a computer engineer and registered Republican from Tallahassee/Florida, focused on politics. He was eager to talk politics, asking me about Obama's positions in different policy areas after I told him that I study American Politics.


Leaving DC for Denver

In a couple of hours, I will be leaving the DC area to fly to Denver. The adventure of the day will be, if I manage to get my connecting flight in Atlanta, where I have only 40 minutes to do so. In Denver, I have organized private housing... staying with a friend of my friend Leo. Tomorrow, the national convention of the College Democrats will start in Denver.


Getting Ready for Denver

Yesterday and today I have been trying to get ready for Denver, getting a phone, a camcorder, and a new battery for my MacBook, all essential for components to make Denver and St. Paul a success. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out smoothly at all. I do have a phone that works now, after my visit to an AT&T dealer and spending about $55.

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