Charlotte Gets DNC Nod; Rybak Congratulates

Michelle Obama at Clinton Global Initiative in New York

First Lady Michelle Obama informed the public earlier this hour that Charlotte, North Carolina, has been selected to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention — at which her husband will make his bid for reelection. President Obama won North Carolina’s electoral votes in 2008, making the southern state the obvious choice.

Here were Michelle Obama’s words:

“Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.

Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign — from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between. Barack enjoyed Asheville so much when he spent several days preparing for the second Presidential debate that our family vacationed there in 2009.

And my very first trip outside of Washington as First Lady was to Fort Bragg, where I started my effort to do all we can to help our heroic military families.”

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak, whose city was also in the running for the Convention, congratulated Charlotte with these words:

“Congratulations to Charlotte on being selected to host this great event. Any assistance they need, we’re here to help. We’re obviously disappointed, but having been a finalist for this selection proves once again that Minneapolis has what it takes to host any major event. Trust me, we’re going to continue to compete for them. Every time Minneapolis vies for this caliber of high-profile event, we strengthen the infrastructure needed to be competitive in attractive conventions and new business to town that in turn create good jobs that grow our economy.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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