Thursday on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert talked about the Democratic National Convention’s decision to move President Barack Obama’s speech accepting his party’s nomination indoors because of the threat of severe weather.
“Folks, tonight is the last night of the ‘Democratic National Stroke-Fest,'” joked Colbert. “The highlight tonight, of course, is President Obama’s big speech where he will accept his party’s nomination for a second term. Now, I haven’t seen this speech, but I can tell you that it’s a failure, not because of what he said, but where he said it.”
Because of the threat of heavy rain and lightning, convention organizers made the decision to move the third night of the celebrations indoors, rather than in Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium. Anti-Obama pundits immediately began to claim that the Democrats moved the speech to the much smaller venue because ticket sales have been disappointing.
Fox News mainstay Charles Krauthammer went so far as to claim that the Democratic party has “known for months what the weather would be.”
Colbert agreed, “I mean, anybody can go online to weather.com,” he said, “and see the 100-day forecast.”
Dubbing the hubbub “Avoiding Water-Gate,” Colbert pointed out that this was not Obama’s first run-in with the weather.
“Radio host and human weather balloon Rush Limbaugh blew the lid off of this last week when Hurricane Isaac threatened the GOP convention,” he said, then played a clip of Limbaugh saying, “The National Hurricane Center is Obama,” and accusing the administration of colluding with weather agencies to drive people away from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
“Just connect the dots, folks, okay?” Colbert instructed, counting off the points on his fingers. “One: Obama can make and/or is a Hurricane. Two: He can predict the weather months in advance. And three: I already had this finger up and I can’t put it back.”
Watch the video, embedded via Comedy Central, below:
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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we bring you Part 2 of our discussion of New Zealand.