El cambio supone un duro golpe al ego del Presidente que hace cuatro años fue capaz de llenar un estadio mayor. Chicago apunta a la meteorología para justificar el cambio, aunque hasta hace unas horas decían que la última noche sería en el gran estadio lloviera o hiciera sol porque ya lo tenían alquilado.
El Daily Mail adelantaba anoche las verdaderas razones del cambio: la falta de público.
Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama accepting his party’s nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing ‘severe weather’.
The Obama campaign have been working desperately to ensure that the 74,000-seater Bank of America stadium in Charlotte would be filled. Buses for students from across North Carolina and even members of black churches in neighboring South Carolina have been arranged.
Footage of rows of empty seats at the stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, as Obama speaks on Thursday night would be politically disastrous – an enduring image of the contrast between his campaign of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ in 2008 and his dour, negative struggle for re-election in 2012.
Now, it looks like the weather has come to the President's rescue.
As officials prepare to open the Democratic convention this afternoon, there are strong indications that the speech will be moved to Time Warner Cable Arena, which has a capacity of just over 20,000.