Democrats have decided to move the President's acceptance speech indoors, because dangerous weather is predicted that night at the stadium. The President's staff had said the event would be at the stadium rain or shine, unless the safety of the attendees was threatened.
Republicans led by Fox News are claiming it's because there's a "lack of enthusiasm" on the part of Democrats, and that President Obama couldn't fill the stadium. But neither are true: anyone watching last night's convention events can see with their own eyes that there's absolutely no lack of enthusiasm, nor were they having problems filling the stadium.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, suggested the decision was a move to save face in case the event didn’t pack the house. “After promising to speak at Bank of America stadium rain or shine, Team Obama is moving inside,” he tweeted after the announcement. “Troubles filling the seats?”
“[Republicans] are gonna turn this into a political decision. It was a public safety decision,” a senior campaign official told reporters at a briefing Wednesday morning, following the announcement that President Obama will no longer speak outdoors at Bank of America Stadium because of concerns over “extreme weather.”
More than 65,000 community members had activated community credentials to attend the event, and another 19,000 people were on a waiting list for the event.