CodePink women outside Pro-Life gathering
St. Paul, 9/2/08
Day 2, part 2 was all about Covering the Coverage. Here, I cover the coverage of the coverage and talk to Steve Myer of the Poynter Institute, a media watchdog and journalism education site. (mp3, 4:35)
A small entourage of people stopped by the Information Booth to ask directions to a room in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The guy in the wheelchair proudly displayed some of his Republican Convention memorabilia from conventions past. I quickly got a few comments from him, the last few as we were rolling. I'm guessing on the spelling of his name... Bruce Hanson (mp3, 2:12).
Heading out of the convention center, I'm greeted by one of the "Moms Trust McCain" ladies and her husband. They are headed to a Pro-Life gathering (dinner? luncheon?) a few blocks away. She alerts me to further demonstrations near where we're headed, closer to the river. We don't see anyone along the way, but as she heads into the hotel, she points me in the right direction. Sure enough, around the corner in front of the main entrance to that hotel: CodePink! They were outrageously dancing and singing to an updated version of "Alabama Song". I interviewed Nina Klooster, who was holding a sign (that's her on the left, above) and not in costume (below). (mp3, 4:08)
Peacefully but outrageously singing in front of RNC delegates
St. Paul, 9/2/08
The bus ride home is it's own story, but not one related to the RNC.
Coming, Day 3: CivicFest in the Minneapolis Convention Center, Extreme Free Speech in Rice Park, a friendly delegate.
Plan, Day 4: I'm on the Floor! I hope my iPod has enough juice to last through all the speeches...