Obama To Accept Nomination At Bank Of America Stadium
January 19, 2012 by Sam Rolley
The Democratic Party has decided to move President Barack Obamaâ€™s acceptance speech for the 2012 Democratic Presidential nomination to the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., — a venue named for a company that was at the center of the financial crises.
According to MSNBC, Democratic officials defended the decision, which has drawn a fair amount of controversy, saying that the stadium was chosen for its seating capacity.
â€œThat allows for greater participation by Americans from all walks of life,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
But critics say that the move, if only in a symbolic sense, is a slap in the face of many Americans who believe that there is too much corporate influence in American politics.
“It’s a surprising and disappointing choice,” Mary Boyle, vice president of Common Cause, told MSNBC. “Bank of America is the poster child for corporate greed and corporations out-of-control. The president would be better served by choosing a large public space with no corporate logo attached to it.”
The convention will have available the stadiumâ€™s plush skyboxes to donors in attendance who drop $1 million for a package including a “premier uptown hotel room” and a “platinum events package and “concierge services.” The $500,000 “Gold Rush” package includes hotel room, credentials and a “premiere events package.”