Obama: `Rain or Shine’ at Stadium — James Taylor: `Fire and Rain?’

Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A sign for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

President Barack Obama will deliver his nomination acceptance speech at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte despite a weather forecast that calls for a 50 percent chance of rain, according to his campaign spokesman.

“It will be there rain or shine,” Ben LaBolt, Obama’s spokesman, told reporters today in Charlotte. “If there is very severe weather, we’d be prepared for that as well.”

Obama’s speech is not  `final” yet, LaBolt said at a press conference today.

In a sign that convention planners are nervous about the weather, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx joked that he hopes singer James Taylor wouldn’t be singing “Fire and Rain” at today’s festival celebrating the Carolinas and rather sing songs that would bring the “sunshine” out.

Taylor was warming up and making sound checks this morning on an outdoor stage erected in “Uptown” for Charlotte Fest 2012 two blocks from the indoor arena where the convention will open Tuesday. We didn’t hear “Fire and Rain.”


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