Online Gargoyle reporter heads to Denver to cover Democratic National Convention
Published: Friday, August 22, 2008 - 9:37pm
OG staff reporter Will Fernandez discusses his upcoming trip to the Democratic National Convention.
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Note: Sophomore Will Fernandez is on his way to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. As a reporter for the Online Gargoyle and owner of an official media pass, Will intends to cover the convention each day, providing OG readers with reports directly from this historic event. In the following preview, Will talks about his plans.
IN THE NEXT week, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois will officially accept the 2008 nomination as Democratic candidate for president of the United States.
He will be the first African-American nominee of a major party in the history of our country. This will be a major turning point in American history even if he is not elected.
Monday is the start of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The convention will involve all the major faces of the Democratic Party coming together to support Obama on his long campaign to the White House. This will also bring together the nation's news media — including our own Online Gargoyle — as they cover these historic four days.
Over the next week I will be in Denver to give you, the readers of the Online Gargoyle, a unique first-person account of this important convention. I will be posting summaries, interviews, pictures, and audio clips that will summarize the activities of each day. This will be Uni's unique vision into one of the most important events of this year.
Official Schedule for the Democratic National Convention
Note: The following schedule comes from the official site of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Monday, Aug. 25: One Nation
• Headline prime-time speaker: Michelle Obama
• A tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
• Other speakers include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Tuesday, Aug. 26: Renewing America’s Promise
• Headline prime-time speaker: Sen. Hillary Clinton
• Keynote speaker: former Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia
• Other speakers include pay equity pioneer Lilly Ledbetter, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel
Wednesday, Aug. 27: Securing America’s Future
• Headline prime-time speaker: Barack Obama’s vice presidential nominee [UPDATE: The VP pick is Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware]
• Featured speakers will include former President Bill Clinton, former Sen. Tom Daschle of South Dakota, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
Thursday, Aug. 28: Change You Can Believe In
• On Thursday night, the DNCC will throw open the doors of the convention and move to INVESCO Field at Mile High so that more Americans can be a part of the fourth night of the convention as Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination
• Additional details of the program preceding Obama’s acceptance speech to be announced