Democrats gather in Charlotte for DNC kickoff

September 4, 2012 1:04:42 PM PDT
The weather impacted the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Rain even cut short a performance by James Taylor at Carolina Fest Monday.

For five blocks around the Time Warner Cable Arena, the president's policies can be found on buttons and his face on t-shirts.

"We need to have the hope and that's where I have the hope that Obama's second term can come and make a difference," said Obama supporter Allen Brooks.

"It's just a lot of great spirit and enthusiasm," said Obama supporter Carey Kuznar.

The first lady is already in Charlotte. Organizers gave Michelle Obama a walkthrough of the convention stage Monday afternoon. She will deliver a prime time address Tuesday on the convention's opening night.

But not everyone in the Queen City is bleeding Obama blue.

Charlotte business owner Joel Cartafalsa raised some eyebrows in this sea of Democrats with his self-designed anti-Obama wardrobe.

"Who's going to turn the economy around," asked Cartafalsa. "We had Obama for four year has it turned around? I don't think so."

However, in the end, it wasn't the GOP raining on the Democrat's parade. It was Mother Nature, whose rain cut short the DNC's big kickoff party.

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