The Denver Post reported that in just 24 hours 60,000 people applied for tickets set aside for Colorado residents for Barack Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field. But only about 30,000 seats have been reserved for Colorado. Guest blogger Dyana Z. Furmansky, a Denver resident, reports on the run-up to the Democratic convention and the quest for seats. She's one of the 60,000. Will Dyana get her seat?
Its Ohm-bama Time on Santa Fe Drive
By Dyana Z. Furmansky
Special to the Lynn Sweet blog
Denver hasn't hosted a Democratic National Convention for 100 years, and it's a safe bet that the last time the Dems stampeded into town there were no yoga studios selling tee-shirts with the Boy Orator and presumptive presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan on them.
Did somebody say Boy Orator? The silver-tongued Barack Obama's words are on tee shirts selling at Om Time, an oasis of tranquility sandwiched between the Colorado Democratic headquarters on one corner, and the center for the Obama campaign on the other, along with a slice of tattoo shop and art gallery garnish. "The Union may never be perfect but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected," proclaims the tee-shirt in the Om Time window.
It hangs just south of the shri shrine, and the peace and love tee shirts you'd expect. Walk by quickly and you'd think the silk-screened image of Obama's close-shaved head was Ghandi's.
It was to hear more of those sentiments from the man himself--Obama, not Ghandi--that people started lining up at the Obama campaign office at least an hour before it was scheduled to open.
About 30 of us had not been able to get through by phone or online to register for the 30,000 tickets that were available to Colorado residents to attend Obama's acceptance speech at Invesco Field August 28. We waited quietly and respectfully; Obama and Ghandi would have been proud.