In 2008, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president in front of some 80,000 fired-up supporters at Invesco Field in Denver. His campaign had hoped to recreate that excitement at this week's Democratic National Convention, with Obama planning to accept the nomination for a second term in another massive outdoor football stadium that holds 70,000-plus people. But citing thunderstorm warnings, Democrats are now electing to move the president's Thursday speech to a smaller indoor arena that holds just 15,000 people. Republican critics quickly pounced, declaring that the move is proof that enthusiasm for the president is waning, and that he can no longer manage to fill a football stadium with adulatory fans.
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