Obama at Invesco (DNC)

Posted by Keely

As most of you know, I was so excited for the DNC to be in Denver, and commited as soon as I heard that it was going to be here, that I was going to get in somehow. Well, I didn't realize at the time, that the convention is closed to all people except press and delegates. Since changing careers was not desirable, I decided that I would shoot for the delegate thing. I went to the Broomfield caucus back in February, and was going to volunteer to be a delegate for our precinct, but found out that I would have to attend many more events and I would only have a remote chance of making it to the DNC. Since Michael works so many hours, I decided against hiring a babysitter and taking time off of work in order to TRY and be a delegate. I would have to settle for hanging out downtown during the convention, and watching on t.v. . Well, Barack Obama had a brilliant idea to move the last day of the DNC outdoors and invite 30,000 Colorado residents to attend - yippee!!! Anyway, to make a long story short, I put in a lot of volunteer time with the Obama campaign (as did my mother), and we scored a couple of tickets!! Here are a few pictures from our adventure.

We got a great parking space from the friend of a friend's in-laws, and only had to take a 10 minute walk to the light-rail that dropped us off near Invesco Field.

Here I am with the Democratic Donkey during our walk to the Light Rail. Notice the Elephant doesn't have any friends.

I have to tell you that I was really looking forward to seeing all of the protesters that I had heard about on the news. Much to my dismay, there was not a protestor to be found. We had to settle for an end of the world guy, which was good, but not quite the protestor chaos that I was hoping for.

Here is the really long line that we waited in to get into Invesco.

Here is a pic of me and my mom in our seats. We were on the second row in the stands, which sounds great, but our view of the stage was obstructed by a huge curtain and speakers. We could easily see the Jumbotron, and had a great view of political well-knowns and movie stars coming in and out onto the field.

The view from our seats.

Two really cute ladies that we met - The Obama Twins.

Throughout the afternoon and evening we had many star sightings. I tried to get pictures of everyone, but as you will see from my shots, I am not the best photographer, and usually missed the shot all-together. Here are a few:
Mary J. Blige (blonde streaks with the sunglasses and hoop earings, sitting next to another lady with sunglasses). Notice her bodyguard in black sitting behind her staring me down.
Michael Dukakis (light pants, grey hair, hard to miss nose standing next to lady in pink)
This is a great shot of the the back of Fergie's head (blonde highlights next to the guy with dreads)

The top of Will.i.am's head. He looked right at me after I yelled, "I love you Will.i.am", but I still managed to miss the shot.

No, John Kerry is not running in this photo - I don't know how Michael takes such good pictures.

If anyone wants copies of these fantastic photos, just let me know :). I also have the back or top of heads of the following people: Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, and Bill Ritter (Govenor of Colorado).


The Wolfords said...

How much fun was that?! I am soooo jealous. At least I was working downtown ALL week. I so so many swattys that I didn't know what to do with myself :-)

Melanie said...

Sounds like a great time! Nice photos. Wish I could have been there.

criseida said...

Wow Kee!! How exciting! I kept telling Rueben, as we were watching on tv, to keep his eyes peeled for a Kee sighting. Love the pictures!! And, it's not you...it's your camera.hahah. Tell mike to buy you a fancy one like his. ;)

Tina said...

Very Cool! I would have loved to have been there. Now you know why papparazi carry around cameras with lenses that are 4 feet long (and why they get punched :) I love the one of Mary J. with her body guard glaring!

Jenn said...

Hey Kee, way sweet. I'm impressed you had your mom volunteering as well. I don't know if you knew, but I actually got to attend the Republican convention and see George Sr. in 92. Like them or not, a pretty interesting spectacle. Let's hope the convention is a sign of good things to come for the dems! What did you think of Barak's speach? Take care,