Democrats’ Anticipation Builds for Obama Speech

As readers of NowPublic member Karen Hatter’s post know, today marks the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech.

Tonight also marks another historic occasion, as Barack Obama will give his acceptance speech as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.

Anticipation is running high and Democrats are eagerly anticipating the event, which will be held at Denver’s Invesco Field.

Democrats were beginning to file into Denver’s Invesco Field Thursday afternoon to hear their party’s new standard bearer Thursday as Sen. Barack Obama prepares to outline for the party faithful and the rest of America his plan for change, in what are bound to be the most crucial remarks of his political career.

Having won his party’s nomination for the presidency handily on Wednesday, Obama will seek to put his historic run for the White House in high gear. But the world will be waiting to hear more about his plan for new domestic policy and how the United States will rebuild its standing with other nations.
On the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Obama is scheduled to speak to a throng of roughly 75,000 at Invesco, the stadium home to the National Football League’s Denver Broncos.

The Democratic faithful are relocating from the nearby Pepsi Center, their home for the last three days, since the stadium seats roughly four times as many people. 

The speech has been relocated in order to accommodate the thousands of  admirers and Obama supporters expected to attend:

The speech, which Obama said was relocated to include not only delegates but thousands of admirers and just the curious, will consume broadcast time as well as upset normal day-to-day life in Denver. A number of arteries were to be shut down, including a nearby freeway and security procedures — already tight heading into Thursday — will be even more rigid.

Obama is orchestrating the first outdoors nomination acceptance speech since 1960 when John F. Kennedy moved Democrats from the Los Angeles Sports Arena to the nearby Los Angeles Coliseum, primary site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympics. Obama, D-Ill., formally won the Democratic Party’s nomination for president on Wednesday, becoming the first African-American to be nominated for the White House.

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