The Democratic National Convention will be held The Great Swing State of North Carolina the week of Sept.3, 2012, Michelle Obama announced today.
That’s right, Michelle Obama. Between her obesity drive, her appearances for Democrats during the 2010 campaign, and her ubiquitous presence everywhere from the White House website to military bases, Michelle is emerging as the most political First Lady ever.
In an email to members of Organizing for America, the Obama campaign email list now stored at the Democratic National Committee, Mrs. Obama sites every reason other than the obvious – that North Carolina has 15 electoral votes and is in danger of not repeating its 2008 choice of Obama – for the decision to locate the convention in Charlotte.
Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.
Oh well, Michelle sure has the unctuous part of politics down. I’m sure they’re hoping to draw in the rest of the South with all the talk we’ll be hearing about fried okra, hospitality, mint julips and NASCAR. I’ll be damned if they don’t set up a track and race around the convention floor.
Though I live in the South and have adopted it as my home, I was born a Northerner, and I just watch NASCAR waiting to see if something will crash. That’s why northerners watch car racing. My Southern friends, if Northern politicians pretend they like watching cars drive in circles, they are phonies and you must vote for someone else.
Michelle also sounds like she helped make the decision, based on what she and the president “love.”
Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign — from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between. Barack enjoyed Asheville so much when he spent several days preparing for the second Presidential debate that our family vacationed there in 2009.
And my very first trip outside of Washington as First Lady was to Fort Bragg, where I started my effort to do all we can to help our heroic military families.
All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice. But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.
But enough about us. This is going to be “The People’s Convention.”
More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people. We will finance this convention differently than it’s been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in Charlotte. This will be a different convention, for a different time.
To help us make sure this is a grassroots convention — The People’s Convention — we need to hear from you. We want to know what you’d like to see at next year’s convention, how and where you plan on watching it — and the very best way we can engage your friends and neighbors.
I don’t know, it sounds like “the people” may end up paying for the convention. I’d kind of rather it be the “Pharmaceutical Makers Convention” or some other big-pocketed outfit. Or the DNC could just borrow the money and call it “The Chinese Convention.”
Anyway, you know who’s having the “The Corporations’ Convention,” don’t you?