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At Mile High Stadium, Obama Soars

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Barack Obama accepts the nomination for president from the Democratic Party before more than 80,000 people at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Barack Obama accepts the nomination for president from the Democratic Party before more than 80,000 people at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–Barack Obama lit Invesco Field At Mile High with fireworks both literal and rhetorical.

Obama’s acceptance speech Thursday night before more than 80,000 people, in the stadium where football’s Denver Broncos play, solidified him as the first African-American nominee of a major party, and the speech occurred on the 45th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I have a dream” speech. His rise from community organizer in Chicago to presidential nominee culminated with his night in Mile High.

“This moment – this election – is our chance to keep, in the 21st Century, the American promise alive,” Obama said.

The speech mixed attacks on President George W. Bush and John McCain with his vision for the future should he be elected and recognition of the history of his candidacy. It weaved themes from Obama’s keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston with some specific policy proposals, but it was short on details on how he’d pay for the many programs he proposed.

Obama waited until the end of the speech to mention King Jr.’s dream, merging King’s message with his own. “In America, our destiny is inextricably linked,” Obama said. “Together, our dreams can be one.”

Some of the attacks within the speech seemed hypocritical. After saying “Sen. McCain has been anything but independent” from Bush early on in the speech, Obama later said “I will not suggest that the Senator takes his positions for political purposes.”

Just to enter the stadium took a lot of walking both because of the sheer number of people and because of the security perimeter in place; and it took even more waiting. Lines were more than a mile long – at 2 p.m. local time, six hours before Obama was even scheduled to speak.

(Video of walking the line)

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Once inside the stadium, the campaign had merch booths every few feet and had a phone back set up to remind voters to watch the speech. And the Colorado Democratic Party chairman led a text-message campaign he said led to the adding more than 34,000 supporters to the election effort.

This was not the first acceptance to be held in a stadium instead of the convention hall: President John Kennedy accepted his nomination in 1960 before 100,000 people at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Immediately following the speech, when normally balloons drop from the ceiling on the nominee and his running mate, fireworks boomed overhead and red, white and blue streamers exploded from the Greek-style stage backdrop while classical music blared over the speakers.

And McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds issued a response to the speech: “Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama. When the temple comes down, the fireworks end, and the words are over, the facts remain: Senator Obama still has no record of bipartisanship, still opposes offshore drilling, still voted to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 per year, and still voted against funds for American troops in harm’s way.”

The speech played extremely well inside, however, according to a Denver resident who witnessed it:

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August 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

‘ObamaFox’ Mozilla Firefox Extension Launched

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DENVER–The Obama campaign launched an add-on to the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser called “ObamaFox.” It gives instant access to all the updates, twitter messages and press releases from the convention here in Denver.

“Because this add-on is so new, Mozilla requires you to have an account to download it,” says the extension’s Web site.”You can create a free account or login with ‘obamafoxer@gmail.com’ and ‘getfoxy08.'”

Is this another way for the campaign to access donors? No word yet on whether the campaign is in any way affiliated with this.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

Update: I received an email from Joe Solomon, the organizer of “Obamafox:”

“This is an independent project, inspired by the campaign but not affiliated with it – please update your article. We bring in Obama related feeds from Twitter/Flickr/YouTube/and Technorati.  The original version has a Donate button – which goes straight to the Obama site to donate.  We are all Obama supporters an wanted to work on a project that helps Obama supporters stay connected to the campaign.

The email thing is just because the extension is new and therefore deemed experimental.  This means you need a Mozilla account, which is free, to access the extension.  You can use our demo account or create one for free.  There is no email harvesting or other data harvesting involved with this extension.”

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August 26, 2008 at 1:54 pm

VIDEO: Queens Delegates Discuss Their Support For Obama

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DENVER–Queens delegates from Flushing, Astoria and Fresh Meadows discuss their support for Barack Obama, their feelings about Hillary Clinton and the possibility of Obama winning the general election.

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–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 25, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Poll: Young Voters Support Obama By 23-Point Margin

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Massachussets Gov. Deval Patrick leaving the stage after being the featured speaker at the release of a new poll of young voters. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

Massachussets Gov. Deval Patrick (left) leaving the stage and shaking hands after being the featured speaker at the release of a new poll of young voters. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–Barack Obama holds a 23-point lead amongst voters 18 to 24 years old, according to a new poll of young people released Monday by the Harvard Institute of Politics.

The poll surveyed 1,031 likely young voters, between July 28 and Aug. 12, before Obama chose Joe Biden as his running mate. Obama leads McCain 55 percent to 23 percent, with 13 percent undecided.

The lead is a two-point increase, which the poll’s findings brief calls “virtually unchanged” for Obama since the last time the poll was conducted in April.

About two-thirds of respondents said they were excited about the upcoming election, the poll finds, with more than half of the Obama supporters saying they are willing to volunteer for his campaign.

The poll’s findings were released at a luncheon panel with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) as its featured speaker. Patrick has close ties to Obama: they are friends and share a chief political adviser, David Axelrod. Obama was also accused of lifting some of Patrick’s gubernatorial campaign speeches for his own presidential election campaign.

After telling a story about his chance meeting in Denver International Airport with Rich, a young voter who won the Youtube video contest to meet Obama backstage and have his video shown in Invesco Field at Mile High before Obama delivers his acceptance speech, Patrick said he told Rich: “You are the reason we are here.”

“I believe people are hungry for inspiring positive leadership, not the solution for everybody’s problems,” Patrick said. “I think young people are particularly open to that.”

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August 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm

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Biden Assails McCain During Introduction

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By Samuel Rubenfeld

SENIOR NEWS EDITOR

DENVER–Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), Barack Obama’s running mate, used his introductory speech in Springfield, Ill. to attack the positions of presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain.

“We can’t afford four more years of a foreign policy that has shredded our alliances and sacrificed our moral standing around the world,” he said. “That’s the bad news but here is the good news: We don’t have to have four more years of George W. Bush and John McCain.”

Obama introduced Biden at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, the same place where Obama first launched his candidacy 19 months ago during a cold February day.

“Joe Biden gets it,” Obama said during his introcutory remarks. “He’s that unique public servant who is at home in a bar in Cedar Rapids and the corridors of the Capitol; in the VFW hall in Concord and at the center of an international crisis.”

Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is seen as an authority figure on international relations–he spent last weekend in Georgia discussing its conflict with Russia with the Georigian president. He has a lengthy Washington resume: Biden was first elected to the Senate since 1972, when he was 29 years old, turning the constitutionally mandated 30 just prior to his swearing in.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning following the news of Obama’s announcement, the McCain campaign released an ad questioning Biden’s loyalty to a potential President Obama.

In choosing Biden, Obama also chose someone who relishes political combat. Biden’s speech ripped into McCain, tying him to every policy Democrats believe has been a failure during the Bush administration.

“You can’t change America when you know your first four years as president will look exactly like the last eight years of George Bush’s presidency,” Biden said.

Biden and Obama are not scheduled to appear together again until the convention, held here in Denver beginning Monday.

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August 24, 2008 at 2:11 am

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Biden Confirmed Via Text Message

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Barack Obama’s campaign confirmed its choice for vice president via text message, delivered at about 3:00 a.m. (I got it at 3:19 a.m.) “Barack has chosen Sen. Joe Biden to be our VP nominee. Watch the first Obama-Biden rally live at 3 p.m. EDT on BarackObama.com. Spread the word,” the message.

Despite promising supporters to be the first to know, the campaign was about two and a half hours behind the break.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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August 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm

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Obama Chooses Joe Biden As VP Nominee

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The Obama campaign named Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as his nominee for vice president, CNN reported at 12:45 12:42 a.m. Saturday morning.

–Samuel Rubenfeld

Update: Just behind CNN were CBS at 12:46 a.m. and The Associated Press, who reported it in an alert at 12:47 a.m.

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August 23, 2008 at 5:58 am

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