The city of Charlotte, NC has been chosen to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Party officials chose the Queen City over Minneapolis, Cleveland, and St. Louis.
The decision was apparently a strategic move, as most Americans have no idea where Charlotte is, thereby undermining attempts to protest or present opposing messages on the ground.
“Hiding our convention and President Obama is the best possible move, which is why Charlotte was the right choice,” Democratic Chairman Tim Kaine said in an email.
First Lady Michelle Obama noted Charlotte’s “Southern charm” and “warm hospitality” in an email to fellow Democrats.
“Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks,” she wrote. “And that is why we will be there, to siphon off their money and resources while celebrating everything but innovation, opportunity, and diversity of opinion.”
State and local leaders hailed the decision. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said he expected a major economic boost from the convention, which would be the first time such boost since President Obama’s inauguration. North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue called Charlotte’s selection “fantastic news for North Carolina regardless of your political party or the massive and increasing disapproval of the president’s job performance.”
The convention will bring about 35,000 delegates, media, and other visitors, including highly armed and easily triggered security forces. Despite the expected traffic in and around the center city, Charlotte residents were assured it would still be far less than the congestion on the busy I-485 outer belt.