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Parting Thoughts from the Mile High City!

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Random Thoughts from Denver

(Denver, Colorado)

I am in Denver again after two days R&R in California. I am connecting here to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention. Here are some parting thoughts from the Democrat’s event:

-While blogging in the hallway Wednesday, before the convention opened, I got a real treat. Melissa Etheridge rehearsed on stage for her night time performance. She sang a medley of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen and Irving Berlin, among others. Man that lady can sing. The building just shook! What a talent!

-The Trojan Condom Company had a colorfully painted bus here Tuesday. And a cone-phallic shaped tent in the parking lot. Wednesday, they were gone. What did they leave early to set up in St. Paul? Weird!

-“Worst Line of the Convention Award” goes to Sen. Hillary Clinton. In her speech Tuesday night she said Barack Obama would again make America a “nation of immigrants and laws.” Was she kidding? The reason we are in this immigration mess to begin with, is: a) Congress (both parties) and the White House refuse to pass new laws; and b) Congress and the White House refuse to enforce existing laws. Immigrants are the foundation of this county (my relatives came here in the 1850’s from Ireland), but the process must be legal and orderly. What we have now is utter chaos.

-“Make Out, Not War!” – The protest group “Code Pink” was handing out these cute stickers. But, I saw no one “making out” at least not in the Pepsi Center! This might be a good thing!

-Wednesday night there was a young lady screaming and cheering over Joe Biden’s heartfelt acceptance speech. She was literally having an “out of body experience” over it. So when it was all over, I went to get a quote from her as any good reporter would. Instead I was stunned by what she told me: “I am volunteering for the convention, I am not allowed to talk to the press.” Several volunteers at Mile High Stadium told me the same thing; that the Democratic National Committee forbade them from commenting to the media. So what’s democratic about that? Chairman Howard Dean and company need to re-read the First Amendment. It’s all about free speech and free press people!

-The City of Denver and the Secret Service need to issue a public apology for the exit fiasco at Mile High Stadium after the Obama speech. All pedestrians were funneled in two directions around the stadium, only to meet at one “choke point” on a narrow bridge to the light rail station. There was only ONE exit. People were crushed together and could have been trampled. I stood right next to Joe Biden’s elderly mom (in a wheelchair) with Joe’s brother as they got crushed and jostled in the crowd. Where on Earth was their security? The Bidens and everyone else deserved better. Finally, some young men in the crowd started knocking down big sections of the security fence and thousands of people (including me) were able to climb over the concrete barriers and escape. I was glad to see my friend Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco, chastise Denver in his “San Francisco Chronicle” column today over the very same issue! You go, Willie!

-That one criticism noted, Denver should be proud for hosting a wonderful event and showcasing a great American city. I’ll be back!

-The CEO of United Airlines should resign in disgrace. The fiasco at Denver’s airport Friday was inexcusable. After arriving very early, I stood in 3 separate check-in lines, for a total of 3 ½ hours, only to miss my flight. Many fellow passengers did too after an entire bus full of people was allowed to take “skips” in the curbside check-in line! United clearly did not have enough people working. Did they not know the DNC was coming to town? Amateurish, and not the friendly skies we were promised! Fly Frontier if you travel to Denver. It’s a class airline!

And now it’s on to the Twin Cities! Check in for more at www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

The Obama Aftermath at Mile High: The Sound and Pictures (No Narration!)

(Denver, Colorado)

This is raw video of the afternmath of Barack Obama's speech in Denver.

While network commentators likely blabbed all over this and never let the TV audience see it, I decided to just let my camera roll and capture the sights, sounds and flavor for you, uninterupted and unedited. Enjoy!

Sunday I head to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention. Stay with www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

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