NO BALLOONS?

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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 1:02 PM

No balloons? What kind of a political convention is that?

At almost the last minute, the Democrats have canceled Thursday night's big football stadium event featuring President Barack Obama's re-nomination acceptance speech. Bad weather forecast, they say. Going indoors to the nearby basketball/hockey arena. But the ceiling there is filled with exactly none of the thousands of red, white and blue balloons that TV viewers expect to be dropping as a convention finale.

Will the party move heaven and earth — and beseech hundreds of party decoration stores around the Southeast — to get some balloons ready?

Nope. No balloons. Party officials say they're thinking about some other suitably celebratory finish.

— Jim Kuhnhenn — Twitter http://twitter.com/jkuhnhenn

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