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Exciting Democratic convention held high promise for party

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What was it like to be at the Democratic Convention with 123 other delegates from Georgia?

The first thing you should know is that all the delegates were elected by Democrats in each of the 14 congressional districts at special elections. We had four delegates, including an alternate, from Augusta. The delegates become a special group and were housed in one of the many hotels assigned by the Democratic National Committee that heads the convention.

WE SHARED our hotel with delegations from Minnesota and South Dakota. The cost of the hotel is borne by each delegate at about $325 per day. Buses assigned to the hotel shuttled us to the convention area, which was about 10 miles away. This meant long waits for the bus and long waits in the bus because of the huge traffic problems, as Charlotte, N.C., was packed with people and cars. We needed a lot of patience.

At 5 a.m. each morning, the delegates’ credentials for admission were delivered by police to Mike Berlon, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. At 7 a.m., each delegate was given the day’s credential, and signed a pledge that they would nominate President Obama at the appropriate time. Breakfast for the whole delegation followed, and we were given instructions on special activities, and when we should be in our seats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Special guests, including U.S. Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, addressed us each day at the breakfast.

Sessions started at 10 a.m. at the convention center. These included every aspect of group interest, such as the Women’s Caucus, where many well-known female elected Democratic officials spoke to about a thousand people in the huge ballroom.

THERE WERE African-American caucuses, Jewish caucuses and prayer caucuses that met during the three days of activities, and many more. Delegates seem to have taken their responsibilities seriously, as most of the many caucuses in the morning and afternoon had large attendance. In addition to the convention center, I attended meetings in hotels close by that had sessions I was interested in.

We were asked to be in our delegation seats by 6 p.m. when the gavel brought the jam-packed arena to order. Some delegates could not find seats. The reason for this were interlopers who decided, since they were taxpayers, they owned a seat. Night after night, they were thrown out, protesting their rights. It was a tawdry time of the convention because it happened to almost every delegation each night.

We sat and cheered as Democrat after Democrat, including Rep. Lewis, came on the platform and issued a singular message: Re-elect Barack Obama. Day after day, we came out of the hall about midnight feeling the spirit that we are going to win. Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were the stars. We agreed we could not have had a better convention; in fact, we felt it was great.

We stumbled into our beds each night about 1:30 to 2 a.m., only to rise early to get our next day’s credential. For those who were hardier than me, they attended parties that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

WHAT MAKES a successful convention? As a veteran now of three conventions, this convention was the best by far because it left us with the motivation and passion to re-elect Obama. This is what a convention is supposed to do. In addition, the speakers who were brought forth were amazingly young, and showed that the
future of the party is bright and exciting.

Kudos to the folks and police in Charlotte who did everything to make us comfortable. By the way, it poured down rain on the Thursday that Obama previously canceled his outdoor acceptance speech. He made a great speech in the roofed arena.

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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carcraft 09/23/12 - 09:43 am
I really loved the pictures

I really loved the pictures of Russian ships and Turkish planes used to honor American service members. Maybe that is what Obama ment when he said he could he more flexable after the election! LOL

Conservative Man
Conservative Man 09/23/12 - 10:21 am
The title vs. the subtitle....

.....The letter is titled "Exciting Democratic convention held high promise for party"...the subtitle should be "and no promise for changing this country for the better"...

Lou Stewall
Lou Stewall 09/23/12 - 10:39 am
Yea or Nay on God & Jerusalem?

Your president's platform abandoned God and our strongest ally. How did the GA delegation vote on changing the platform back to include God and Jerusalem? That's what inquiring minds want to know.

allhans 09/23/12 - 02:49 pm
Obama in Milwaukee...

Yesterday, in Milwaukee, (this video can be viewed on if interested) Obama said "since he took office a year ago." Yes. Another Joe Biden moment.
He also went on and on, to loud applause, about how he was glad to be in Milwaukee, that it was the closest he had been to home in two months. Now, either he was lying or he is NOT doing his job, not even attempting to do his job. He hasn't been in Wash in 2 months and he jokes and get applauded??
Is this really what America is all about now. A guy in a suit that has no interest in the United States and the people.
I don't know what it will take for folks to take the blinders off, but let us hope its not too late.
Conventions are great. People can talk. Make speeches. Actions MEAN NOTHING to them. It's the promises, the "hope" ....

God help us. We sure aren't helping ourselves.

southern2 09/23/12 - 11:37 am
Suprisingly, Three times(very

Suprisingly, Three times(very biblical and symbolic) God was rejected in the DNC platform and in standard Democratic fashion the vote was ignored and decided by the speaker because it was already written on the teleprompter.

Observing Obama's hostile attitude and denial toward Israel, I was surprised to hear that there were Jewish caucuses represented.

Would have loved to have heard the 31 year old, abortion poster child, Sandra Fluke demanding acceptance for more free BC pils, condoms, and morning afters. Why don't she get a job?

Was a great illustration of how much America has declined in the last 3 3/4 years. Maybe the next convention can be held in Tehran.

dichotomy 09/23/12 - 11:56 am
Didn't do much for me Lowell.

Didn't do much for me Lowell. What with the God thingy and the OBVIOUS majority wanting to throw Israel under the bus. Aside from those issues there was little more other than the old Democrat mantra of "tax the rich" and absolutely no mention of CUT THE SPENDING, BALANCE THE BUDGET, and PAY DOWN THE DEBT.

I heard Bill and a few others say Obama has the plan......and then admit that his "plan" is the same plan he has had for the last four know.....the one that has FAILED, increased the DEBT, HAD NO IMPACT ON UNEMPLOYMENT, and ALLOWED OUR EMBASSIES TO BURN ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Sorry Lowell....your guy is simply a socialist idiologue whose chickens have come home to roost. Four years, no improvement, and, in fact, the debt, the division, and the future are worse.

The Democrat convention was merely a fantasy production with an accidental touch of reality when the God and Jerusalem issues showed the same "ram it down their throats" tactics the Democrats used to pass Obamacare. That is the only point in the convention where the public got to see the TRUE Democrat ruthless Chicago style politics that gave us Obamacare, no Alaskan pipeline, Solyndra et. al., and so many other policies where the majority said one thing but got the complete opposite.

As far as conventions go, I will keep the Clint Eastwood routine any day over the God/Jerusalem fiasco. It really showed how the Democrats count votes.

ralphinga 09/23/12 - 12:16 pm
War on Women

You at least could have told the readers about the many things the Administration is doing as their counterattack in the alleged 'War on Women', or did you miss that part?

swcohen 09/23/12 - 06:06 pm
Back in the day, when the

Back in the day, when the world was young and I had hair, conventions were usually real nail-biters, like Dem '76 or GOP '80.
(GOP '64 was THE one to watch, but I was too busy with my toy trucks and Lincoln Logs to notice at the time.) Nobody knew what was going down in the smoke-filled back rooms until the final evening, when the upset was revealed and the contender took the stage.

Modern conventions are pretty much part beauty pageant, part pep rally, where you know the outcome ahead of time, but stay tuned for the enthusiasm they generate for your team.

I enjoyed the Democratic convention, but then it is my team. That said, I thought the Republican convention was also hugely entertaining.

Someday, ALL presidential conventions will feature cranky old men arguing with empty chairs.

KSL 09/23/12 - 07:42 pm
This guest column is not

This guest column is not worthy of comment.

CobaltGeorge 09/23/12 - 08:20 pm


allhans 09/23/12 - 08:40 pm
I thought Sandra Fluke was

I thought Sandra Fluke was hilarious. Wanting others to pay for her birth control..what is crazier than that.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 09/23/12 - 10:20 pm
"What is crazier than that", asked allhans?

First and unequivocally; re electing Barack Hussein Obama as the next President of our country.

Next, giving even a smidgeon of creditability to this letter writer. He is a prime example of education extending far beyond one's level of intelligence.

Piling it higher and Deeper.

wayne2410 09/23/12 - 10:36 pm
I would not call the dem

I would not call the dem convention exciting, more like scary. I've never seen so many people in one place that hates God and America so much. But I guess that is how liberals roll.

Butterbean 09/25/12 - 09:35 am
Exciting? High Promise? Nope.

I watched the Democratic National Convention, too. What I saw was a mass of nasty, wise cracking, hateful individuals who DO NOT love america. I also think that the best thing was that it was televised so that every decent person could witness firsthand this nastiness.
When I see that Dr. Greenbaum has written another column I cannot wait to read it for the purpose of seeing how much further he has drifted all the way to the far left. Granted, his letter was not as nasty as they usually are and I enjoyed reading how the "cattle" were herded and made to promise to support their candidate (as if the organizers were fearful of some absconders).
I saw only a very fearful future for this country in the messages that could not even address the truth in many cases, but chose instead to harp on the half-truths and ignorance of facts.
Obama has got to go - and I really want to hear the crying of these people when that happens in November.

fedex227 09/25/12 - 09:28 pm
Nice article.

It gave me a little insight into what it was like to be a delegate at a national convention. I'm sure Republican delegates would paint a similar picture of their own convention, with equal enthusiasm for their own candidate. I found it very informative, thanks for the play-by-play.

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