The DNC Debacle: Wrong Dates and Line WaitsPublished by Angel Elliott on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm.
By Angel Elliott
Former President Bill Clinton was slated to go on in just a few minutes at the Democratic National Convention last night. Journalists, delegates, celebs and media types were waiting with baited breath outside of two check points to get into the Time Warner Cable Arena. As I arrived in my intern’s car and jumped out with my fellow BET.com journo, we found a swell of folks waiting outside of the first check point to get in. We quickly realized they were angry, tired and confused about why they couldn’t get in to JUST do their job.
I’ll say this: It was a logistical nightmare. We ended up waiting to get in for over two hours, in a literal mush of people that were grabbing, swaying, sweating and groaning together because the arena had reached capacity at 24,000. No one was getting in, unless you were a congressman — and apparently they were having trouble, too. We waited outside with Tichina Arnold, state senators, Khalil Kain and a host of other folks. Let me make a long story short. Charlotte quite obviously wasn’t equipped for the conflagration of people that descended on the Queen City this week. Between two-hour-long car rides to go one block, to unmapped restricted areas, to even printing the wrong dates on credentials, someone dropped the proverbial Democratic ball. I guess it didn’t help that the weather is expected to rain out the president’s speech.
We gotta do betta’.