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Live from Invesco Field
Obama wraps it up. This speech will be analyzed for days. Lots of moving passages, lots of specifics about what he intends to do. Lots of criticism of John McCain. Fireworks, red and white streamers. I'm signing off. Enjoy the campaign.Sen. Obama couldn't get a more friendly crowd, but folks in the stadium are shouting out in agreement with him as he gets warmed up.OK, I take it back. The full text of his speech came by and it says "failed policies of George W. Bush." An earlier version of excerpts from his speech said "failed presidency."Republican John McCain supports President Bush 90 percent of the time. Obama gets big laugh saying that's "a 10 percent chance on change"McCain is probably ruing the day Phill Gramm gave the Democrats the "nation of whiners" line.I don't know if you can see this on television, but thousands of flashes are going off. The image of Obama broadcast behind him is framed by columns. Kansas gets a mention when he refers to his mother, who is "from Kansas."The prepared text of his speech refers to the "the failed presidency of George W. Bush," which seems much stronger than what he actually said, "the failed policies of George W. Bush."Foot-stomping standing ovation, chants of yes we can. obama accepts nomination at 9:14 p.m. Lawrence time.Bill Richardson's speech was almost completely different than the text of his speech that was handed out. Richardson also got the crowd stomping its feet, shaking the stadium.I thought playing "Let the Sunshine In" for Al Gore was funny. Gore got a good laugh with his "I believe in recycling, but that's ridiculous."The Jumbotron here has to be the most photographed screen in the country. It's a beautiful night, nice breeze coming through so it's starting to cool down. The stadium is still filling up.I'm sitting up in the stands behind all the big network stages on the field. I have a pretty straight view of the podium but I'm pretty far away, so most folks in my section will often turn around to look at the Jumbotron. I'm sitting between a writer for Christian Century and a correspondent for an Israeli paper.will.i.am just got the crowd going with "yes i can." CNN chief political correspondent John King loosening up behind the CNN stage by tossing a football around. Staff handing out texts of speeches. Haven't got Obama's yet and probably won't. Sun is setting and really only the east side of the stadium is still getting hit with the sun.***I have arrived at Invesco Field. Got here after standing in long line with rest of the media to get on one of the dozens of buses coming over. Thousands of people, long lines crossing bridges over highways to get over here. Inside Invesco, the Obama campaign has telephone banks set up for people to make calls as volunteers seeking help for the campaign. Long list of entertainment on tap, Stevie Wonder one of the artists.I'm filing this from down in the bowels of the stadium. Had to kind of take a space from another paper whose reporter stepped away. Once I leave here to go upstairs in the stadium, I'll probably lose my spot. The entire media circus has just picked up from the Pepsi Center and moved over here. I'll blog as developments warrant.