Day 3: Live from the DNC

OPINION

  • Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National… (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune )
September 06, 2012|By Matt Fruth, @mattfruth | For RedEye

What's really going on at the Democratic National Convention? Matt Fruth, president of the Young Democrats of Illinois, is in Charlotte, N.C., as a delegate, and he's giving RedEye a behind-the-scenes peek at the event.

The energy the speakers delivered Wednesday—to delegates and visitors alike—still was palpable Thursday morning. We could have let former President Bill Clinton keep going all night with his amazingly rousing speech.

I'm writing this before President Obama's big address, and while there is some disappointment that the speech was moved from a giant stadium to the smaller Time Warner Arena due to weather concerns, everyone still is excited.

Volunteers and supporters organized watch parties at every restaurant that had a TV. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan made arrangements with our hotel to set up a projector and screen in a ballroom for our friends and families.

Everyone is getting decked out in their Democratic Party best to head over to the arena. While we won't have to stand out in the rain, we're all ready to trek through it to see President Obama talk. Here I go to watch him accept my nomination vote!

RedEye special contributor Matt Fruth is president of the Young Democrats of Illinois.

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