Democratic Convention: Day 3
If Wednesday was “Attack Night”, then Thursday looks to be The Night of a Thousand Stars.
CNN is reporting that actresses Scarlett Johansen, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington will appear together on stage during the final night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Oh, and there’s a Vice President and President scheduled to speak, as well.
Though originally planned for the Bank of America Stadium, which hosts the Carolina Panthers (who played their opening game yesterday because of the conflict), forecasts of severe thunderstorms have resulted in a weather-related change for the Democrats. The events of this evening will be held at the much smaller, but indoor, Time Warner Cable Arena instead. It is a smaller change than that caused by Hurricane Isaac, but nonetheless a disappointment for the many Obama reëlection volunteers who were offered the opportunity to see tonight’s festivities in person.
The New York Times reports:
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will appear before the hall on Thursday night around 9:30 p.m., right before his boss, and will offer up a testimonial on the Obama years, officials said. Finally, around 10 p.m., will come the president himself.
My only personal interest in seeing Ms. Portman (neé Herschlag) is of course her publication record in developmental neuroscience from her Harvard days. Or perhaps the attraction is the cognitive dissonance of having Evey from V for Vendetta appear at a political event without (presumably) causing mayhem.
Kerry Washington, one of the stars of the aptly-named Scandal, has reportedly been banned from the White House, for the high crime and misdemeanor of “flirting with the President”, by a jealous Michelle Obama. If that particular piece of floating celebrity gossip dreck is true, then the ban clearly does not extend to a stage occupied by the President.
The Democratic National Committee has played this year’s daily schedule very close to the vest. Once the DNC releases the schedule, I’ll post the Thursday night schedule after the jump.
These are the speakers slated to appear:
- John Kerry (Senior Senator for Massachusetts)
- Tammy Baldwin (U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd congressional district)
- Charlie Crist (Former Governor of Florida)
- Sandra Fluke (Georgetown Law School Graduate)
- Jennifer Granholm (Former Michigan Governor)
- John Hickenlooper (Governor of Colorado)
- Denise Juneau (State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana)
- Caroline Kennedy (Author and daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy)
- Austin Ligon (Co-founder and former CEO of Carlmax, the country’s largest used-car retailer)
- Eva Longoria (Actress, and Co-Chair of Obama 2012 Campaign)
- Dannel Malloy (Governor of Connecticut)
- Michael Nutter (Mayor of Philadelphia)
- Barbara Mikulski (U.S. Senator of Maryland, the longest-serving female senator and the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress)
- Annise Parker (Mayor of Houston)
- Cecile Richards (President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund)
- Cristina Saralegui (Cuban-American businesswoman, talk show host and journalist)
- Brian Schweitzer (Governor of Montana)
- Jim Sinegal (Co-founder and former CEO of Costco, one of the largest retail stores in the world)
- Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States
- Barack Obama, President of the United States
- First on CNN: DNC secretly scheduled guests: Actresses Johansson, Portman, Washington (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)