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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FORGIVENESS





Forgiveness others not because they deserve Forgiveness, but because you deserve Peace.

Sources:  TD Jakes,  Charles Stanley, YouTube





Friday, July 29, 2016

NORTH CAROLINA VOTER ID LAW INVALIDATED BY FED COURT








FIRST TEXAS NOW THE TARHEEL STATE.

Sources: Politico, WNCT, Austin Chronicle, Youtube



A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”

The ruling also invalidated changes the state made in 2013 to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration.

The state could seek to appeal the decision to the full bench of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals or to the Supreme Court, but it seems unlikely those courts will step in to restore the voter ID law and other voting-related changes in advance of the November election.




HILLARY'S 2016 DNC SPEECH REVEALS HER AGENDA (COMPETENT LEADERSHIP)



Sources: CNN, Bretibart, Youtube



Story highlights

  • Clinton offered a stark choice for the nation
  • Clinton on Trump: 'A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons'
As Hillary Clinton playfully batted away an avalanche of balloons Thursday night, she appeared proud, happy and reconciled to her historic moment.
She had accepted the Democratic nomination with "humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise," taking her place as the first woman to lead a major presidential ticket on a night pulsating with emotion.

Her speech lacked the poetic sweep of the President Barack Obama's address Wednesday, but it was in keeping with someone who presents herself as a practical, dogged, policy-oriented striver who gets knocked down and then gets straight back up. 
The choice she defined for the nation in 2016 is stark: a "moment of reckoning."
The former first lady, senator and secretary of state set her sights on the White House and blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump, portraying him as a small man who got rich by stifling workers, who peddles fear and who lacks the temperament to be commander-in-chief.
She quickly reached out to disappointed Bernie Sanders voters at the end of a convention dedicated to healing the deep rift from their contentious primary race. With the Vermont senator watching from the arena, Clinton told his supporters: "I've heard you. Your cause is our cause."
President Barack Obama congratulated Clinton at the conclusion of her speech.
"Great speech," he tweeted. "She's tested. She's ready. She never quits. That's why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She'll get the Twitter handle, too)"
In the audience, Clinton supporters were moved to tears, including 16-year-old Victoria Sanchez.
"This is more than I ever could have imagined," she said. "I know that I have just lived history and I can follow in her footsteps. This changes my entire life." 
After a lifetime in a polarizing political spotlight that has left her with plenty of enemies and dented approval ratings, Clinton set out to prove to voters that she could be trusted. 

Dedicated fighter

She avoided any show of contrition for controversies like the one over the private email server she used for official business while secretary of state that has again provoked questions about her honesty and integrity among many voters. 
Instead, she presented herself as a dedicated and indefatigable fighter for children, the disabled, blue-collar workers, women and the poor, while promising a backbone of steel as she vowed to take out ISIS.
Throughout a speech punctuated by roars of applause and watched by a misty-eyed former President Bill Clinton, she repeatedly returned to attack Trump -- who laid out a much darker vision of America's future at his own convention last week.
"Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes," Clinton said. "Most of all, don't believe anyone who says: 'I alone can fix it,' " a reference to a part of Trump's acceptance speech last week.
"Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart," she said. "Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together."
Turning to national security, Clinton warned that a president has to make decisions about war and peace, life and death.
"Ask yourself: Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign." 
She added: "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
Trump hit back -- with a series of tweets.
"No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton - corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes," he wrote. "Hillary's wars in the Middle East have unleashed destruction, terrorism and ISIS across the world."
Stephen Miller, Trump's senior policy adviser, blasted Clinton's speech as an "insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric."
"She spent the evening talking down to the American people she's looked down on her whole life," he said.

Persuading Americans

But Clinton is working to persuade Americans that she understands their frustration and economic anxiety at a time when many of them still do not trust her. Her prime-time televised address is especially crucial because she has not so far generated the kind of passion among her supporters that Trump has garnered from his backers by channeling anger about the direction of the country.
She spoke of her wholesome middle class upbringing and said her family were builders of the American dream and not people "with their name on big buildings" -- another dig at Trump. 
Clinton took pains to reach out to white blue-collar workers, many of whom have been left behind by economic globalization and technological change and have been attracted by Trump's anti-elite message.
"Right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do," she said, and admitted that politicians had not done a good enough job of showing they understand.
One of the major themes of the Democratic convention has been an attempt to reintroduce one of the most famous women in the world to the American people. And she admitted that if many Americans knew little of the woman behind the image, it may be her fault.
"The truth is, through all these years of public service, the 'service' part has always come easier to me than the 'public' part," Clinton said.
Clinton also indicated she understood the need to reassure Americans shaken by a violent summer at home and an epidemic of terror attacks in Europe and the US. While Clinton and Obama have argued that ISIS is on the run, the economy is on the upswing, and Americans are safer than they have been in years, they are struggling to counter the dark image that Trump has painted of a nation in decline, chaos and disorder that resonates with many voters.

National security threats

Amid charges by Republicans that the optimistic mood of the Democratic convention has ignored the threat from ISIS and terrorism, Clinton was specific about the global national security threats that loom -- though she didn't use the term Islamic terrorism as the GOP repeatedly has called for.
"Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face," Clinton said. "From Baghdad to Kabul, to Nice to Paris and Brussels. From San Bernardino to Orlando, we're dealing with determined enemies who must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance -- looking for steady leadership."
Following a spate of killings by police of African-American youths and massacres of police officers, Clinton laid out a firm stance on gun control, vowing that America should not have a president in the "pocket" of the gun lobby.
"I'm not here to take away your guns," she said. "I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place."
Ahead of her speech, retired four star General John Allen, the former head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, delivered a powerful address in which he told delegates that Clinton would be "exactly the Commander-in-Chief America needs." 

'America will continue to lead'

"With her as our Commander-in-Chief, America will continue to lead this volatile world. We will oppose and resist tyranny and we will defeat evil. America will defeat ISIS and protect the homeland," said Allen, who was surrounded on stage by 37 military veterans.
Clinton delivered her speech at the end of a largely successful convention, which helped mend the party after her divisive primary against Sanders. The mood on the convention floor Thursday was festive and upbeat — in contrast to the discontent that festered on the opening night Monday when die-hard Sanders fans loudly make their disappointment known.
Samantha Herring of Walton County, Florida, was a Sanders supporter but has decided this week to work hard to elect Clinton.
"Is it hard? Yes. I loved Bernie, but that's why I have to vote for Hillary," said Herring, who made signs reading "He has my heart, but she has my vote."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

OBAMA'S "PLEASE VOTE FOR HILLARY" SPEECH (WHITE MALE VOTERS)






OBAMA'S "PLEASE VOTE FOR HILLARY" SPEECH:

OBAMA RETURNS A FAVOR TO THE CLINTONS.


DEMOCRATS NEED EVERY VOTE.

Sources: ABC News, WSJ, Washington Post, YouTube

^^^^^ FYI:
I did not apply for 2016 DNC Media Credentials. Had I applied I'm sure my application would have been approved just as it was approved in 2012 without any glitches.


The main event: President Barack Obama
Subplot: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate
Scene-stealer? Vice President Joe Biden
September of 2012 at the DNC Convention in Charlotte, NC former US Pres Bill Clinton delivered a rousing, extremely persuasive speech to secure the incumbent Pres Barack Obama jr's re-election.

Of course it worked and now it's time for Pres Obama to return the favor.

Wednesday night (July 27, 2016) in PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania in the Wells Fargo Center, 10pm ET., 
Pres Barack Obama Jr will perform a daunting task of persuading registered American voters to believe in Hillary Rodham Clinton's second bid for the Oval Office.

While it's true Obama is a very gifted Orator, the question remains, can Obama sway worried American voters to put their confidence in a good woman with tons of Media baggage clinging to her personal and political reputation?

Hillary is well-qualified to lead the United States as President but her reputation has been all but ruined due to Scandals and NEGATIVE Media stories about her CHARACTER.

As it currently stands, 2016 Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton share a 50-50% chance of winning the  Presidential election.

But Donald Trump has fewer skeletons in his closet.

Hillary is predicted to attract many BLACK voters, many LATINO voters, many Women voters,  many Bernie Sanders supporters, many college students and most members of the LGBT community.

However most WHITE MALE Working Class voters appear to have been all but abandoned by the Democrat party in this election.

But don't worry Democrats!

Hillary's GOP opponent Mr Trump has already laid claim to every WHITE Male Working Class voter the Democrats have tossed aside.

Stay tuned to very close, nail biting Election night results.

May the best 2016 Presidential nominee win!

Only then will we know if Pres Obama's "Please Vote For Hillary" was effective.




President Obama has been working on his speech for the Democratic National Conventionon Wednesday night for the past few weeks, including late into Monday night, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said at today’s White House briefing.
Wednesday also marks 12 years since Obama was introduced on the national stage in Boston, which he will reflect on, Schultz said.
“I think he will talk about what the country has accomplished together since then. What the grit, ingenuity and determination of the American people have achieved over the last eight years,” Schultz said. “Whether that's coming back from the brink of economic collapse to the longest stretch of private-sector job growth in the nation’s history, or whether that's changing the nation’s history, or whether that's changing the way the world views the United States for the better.”
President Obama has been working on his speech for the Democratic National Conventionon Wednesday night for the past few weeks, including late into Monday night, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said at today’s White House briefing.
Wednesday also marks 12 years since Obama was introduced on the national stage in Boston, which he will reflect on, Schultz said.

GENO'S STEAKHOUSE: A PHILLY FAVORITE




GENO'S STEAKHOUSE: A PHILLY FAVORITE

GENO'S WINS MY CHEESESTEAK CONTEST.

Sources: GENO'S, Youtube

After conducting my own Philly Cheesesteak contest of two local Cheesesteak Connoiseurs GENO'S and PAT'S,  I've concluded that GENO'S Cheesesteak sandwich wins hands down.

The bread was not too soft, not too hard, the meat was seasoned well and the provolone cheese was melted.

Although I enjoyed my recent visit to PAT'S, when I return to Philadelphia GENO'S gets my business.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HILLARY WILL WIN BECAUSE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & INEQUALITY (WOMEN)






"Hillary sees a world where girls are not captured and sold, but are fearless and bold."
~ SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MINN.)

HILLARY CLINTON WILL WIN BECAUSE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & INEQUALITY:

MOST MEN REFUSE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & INEQUALITY AGAINST WOMEN.

MANY WOMEN VOTERS IDENTIFY WITH HILLARY'S GENDER & THE GLASS CEILING.


Sources: HillaryClinton.com, Charlotte Observer, Washington Post, YouTube



One in five women in America is sexually assaulted while in college. 

Twenty-two percent of women experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

 American women are 11 times more likely to be murdered with guns than women in other high-income countries. 

It’s time to address violence against women—and Hillary will put forward bold plans to do that. 


DEMOCRATS TAKE PHILADELPHIA FOR HILLARY IN 2016



DEMOCRATS TAKE PHILADELPHIA FOR HILLARY CLINTON IN 2016:

I CAN'T IGNORE HILLARY'S LEADERSHIP ABILITIES.


Sources: Wall Street Journal, YouTube


DESPITE Political & Ideological differences, I still admire Hillary Clinton as a very Powerful woman.

Thus my reason for choosing to cover the 2016 DNC Convention in Philadelphia.

Congratulations!




Tuesday’s action in Philadelphia:

Main Event: Bill Clinton, former two-term president and husband of Hillary Clinton, addresses the convention.
Big Idea: Showing a softer side of Hillary Clinton
Convention Business: A roll-call vote of the states will formally anoint Mrs. Clinton as the party nominee.
The second day of the Democratic convention will test whether Bernie Sanders’s delegates have gotten the message that it’s not a good idea to disrupt the proceedings and boo every mention of Hillary Clinton’s name.
But it’s the candidate’s husband who will provide most of the day-two theater. Former President Bill Clinton is an accomplished speaker whom President Barack Obama once affectionately dubbed the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff.” His speech is a chance to prove anew he’s a legitimate campaign asset.
That point has seemed in doubt. While heading to his plane at the Phoenix airport last month, Mr. Clinton stopped and paid an impromptu visit to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose plane had just landed. Though ostensibly a social call, critics said it was wrong for the pair to meet when the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Voters haven’t seen or heard much from Mr. Clinton since that fateful tarmac encounter. Today they’ll get a close-up of the former president – and he needs to deliver. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll earlier this month showed that only 37% viewed him favorably, while 42% had a negative view of him. The Clinton campaign would like to see those numbers improve as the race barrels toward election day.
With the state-by-state roll-call vote, Mrs. Clinton will officially become her party’s nominee. That’s a milestone, but she still has plenty of work to do. Polls consistently show voters like her experience but haven’t particularly warmed to her as a person.
Various speakers today will try to address that vulnerability. They will talk about her work on behalf of children. Families of black shooting victims will likely mention the outreach they’ve gotten from Mrs. Clinton as they’ve coped with personal loss.
Can a four-day convention help persuade voters that Mrs. Clinton is a more empathetic figure than they might have guessed?
It’s no small feat. Aides to Mrs. Clinton have spent decades trying to make her a more likeable figure. They’ve put her on comedy shows and sat her down with late-night TV talk-show hosts. And yet, she is the most disliked Democratic nominee in recent history, polls show.
The convention is perhaps Mrs. Clinton’s last, best chance to make the case she’s worthy not just of respect, but of affection.


PHILLY CHEESESTEAK THROWDOWN IN PHILADELPHIA (LIVE ON LOCATION





PHILLY CHEESESTEAK THROWDOWN IN PHILADELPHIA (LIVE):

Sources:  VisitPhilly.com, Fox News, Youtube

While visiting Philadelphia this week for the DNC Convention (July 25-28) I decided to conduct my own "Philly Cheesesteak Throwdown".

Philly is famous for its Cheesesteaks from these three establishments: 

PAT'S
GENO'S
TONY LUKE'S

In fact no real Tourist leaves Philly without paying a visit to one of these Cheesesteak connoisseurs.

Today I taste tested a Cheesesteak with Onions & Provolone from PAT'S.

It was Delicious and worth every cent of my $10.

Tomorrow I will visit GENOS and end my experiment at TONY LUKE'S.

The results of my "Throwdown" will be recorded and uploaded after I taste test a sandwich from TONY LUKE'S.

1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147


1801 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122




Friday, July 8, 2016

PHILANDO CASTILE'S SENSELESS MURDER SPURRED BY JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS







PHILANDO CASTILE'S SENSELESS MURDER SPURRED BY JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS:

 PHILANDO'S MURDER SHOULD SPUR BLACK VOTERS TO THE POLLS IN NOV.

PHILANDO HAD A GUN (LEGALLY) BUT POSED NO THREAT TO THE FIVE COPS WHO SHOT HIM.

HOWEVER I STILL DON'T CONDONE KILLING COPS OUT OF VENGEANCE.

Sources:  Slate,  Boyce Watkins, NY Times, CNN, Five Thirty Eight, YouTube

The week of June 20, 2016 SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas (Black man) wrote a Concurring opinion which states that going forward, Police Officers are now legally permitted to seize evidence obtained during ILLEGAL STOPS, which includes TRAFFIC STOPS.

Good-bye FOURTH AMENDMENT!

Wednesday, July 5, 2016 Philando Castile, 33, (another Black man) was murdered by White Cops during a TRAFFIC STOP in Minnesota.

Although Philando was legally carrying a Concealed Weapon when stopped by Police Wednesday, he posed absolutely no threat to the five Police Officers who brutally murdered him in cold blood.

And yes.....

The Officers who murdered him should be prosecuted!

I don't care if Philando did have a criminal record, he did NOT deserve to DIE like an animal if he posed NO threat to a Police Officer or any other human being.

However It's not fair nor reasonable to Hate the POLICE, nor blame all Cops because not all Cops are Racist.

In fact there are many good Cops still serving in our communities.

Thus I DON'T condone Killing Cops out of Vengeance for any reason.

So what can Black citizens in America expect now?

What ACTION do we take for RESOLUTION?

Demonstrations or Riots appear to be Futile and outdated.

Instead Black voters should express their anger at the Polls this November.

POLICY Changes occur on the Federal level and nominating SCOTUS Justices who have not become NUMB to the plights of regular people are the best SOLUTIONS to curbing Police Brutality.

Voting for a new President is not the panacea for curbing Police Brutality, but if Black voters forsake the system, they indeed forsake their future.

Especially the futures of Black men in America.

It's time to hold our Elected Officials accountable!

To the family of Philando Castile I send my prayers and condolences for his senseless murder.


**** Are Black People at Risk When They Carry a Concealed Weapon?

Here’s what three Minnesota gun instructors think.


TThe story of how Philando Castile died, as told by his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, is one of a man who did everything he could to comply with the police officer who pulled him over. 

As Reynolds recounted in a harrowing press conference Thursday, Castile told the officer he was armed with a gun after being asked for his license and registration; 

Reynolds says she then told the officer the gun was legal and that her boyfriend had a permit allowing him to carry it. Moments later, the officer shot Castile multiple times, causing injuries that soon proved fatal.

It’s important to note that we don’t know exactly why the officer decided to shoot Castile—there’s no footage of the shooting itself and the St. Anthony Police Department has yet to release its version of events. 

The actions that Reynolds describes, though, sound perfectly reasonable—it’s hard to imagine what Castile, a 32-year-old black man, could have done differently. 

It’s also reasonable to wonder, given the horrific litany of cases in which police officers have used deadly force against black men and women, whether Castile ever had a chance at surviving the encounter.
Thursday, I spoke with three men who don’t agree with that assessment: a trio of white firearms instructors in Minnesota who provide formal training to people applying for concealed-carry permits like the one Reynolds says her boyfriend had. 
In spite of what seems to have happened to Castile, all three instructors told me they firmly believe there are steps people with concealed firearms can take to ensure their safety when dealing with law enforcement. 
Underlying their conviction on this point is a deeply felt optimism about the reasonableness of police. 
Their thoughts, which have been lightly edited for clarity, are below.
~  MIKE BRIGGS,  instructor and owner at Minnesota Fire Arms Training
Advice to students: “Here’s the first thing we say: If you get pulled over and you’re friendly and you don’t lie, and when they ask for ID, if you voluntarily hand up your permit to carry, our experience is you’ve got a huge chance of getting out of your ticket. Cops in Minnesota appreciate you volunteering it up. 
A lot of police in Minnesota teach this class, and most police officers are in favor of permit to carry. And they appreciate you being forthcoming.
“By putting your permit to carry right underneath your license and just giving it to them, you’ve told them without saying a word, I’m a good guy or I wouldn’t have a license to walk around with a gun. 
The sheriff has checked me out. I don’t have to volunteer this up but here you go. You don’t have to worry about me.
 And then if they start asking questions, you answer them truthfully. And that’s what we tell all of our students.”
~ JON KAUTZ,  director of operations and instructor at Gun Permit Center

Personal experience: “I myself have gotten out of several tickets by law enforcement officers by being friendly and completely honest when I got pulled over. When they ask for ID, I don’t say a word—I just put my permit right with my ID and give it to them. And then most of them will say, ‘Are you carrying a firearm?’ And then I’ll say, ‘Yeah, it’s in my center console, or it’s in my backpack, or under my seat, or whatever. What would you like me to do next?’ A lot of them have even been sort of funny with it. I had one state trooper say, ‘You keep your gun in your holster, I’ll keep mine in mine.’ ”
On whether black people can safely follow the same protocol as whites: Absolutely. For sure. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. The instructions and the advice are the same.
On Philando Castile: To be honest with you, it sounds to me like he did everything you’re supposed to do. That’s what I’m assuming so far. It sounds like he handled it the way you should. And it sounds like the officer had a short-circuit. That’s what it’s sounding like, but I don’t know what happened before the video.
Advice to students: “In Minnesota there’s no standard protocol for a traffic stop like this, where you have someone who’s carrying. Each police department sets their own policy for how to handle it. Minneapolis might do one thing; in Falcon Heights they might do another. So we always instruct our customers in our training to do whatever the officer says, to always keep their hands visible at all times, and to always ask, ‘How would you like me to proceed?’ and leave it up to the police officer to offer directions on how they want to handle it.”
Personal experience: “If I’m pulled over and an officer asks for my credentials, the next thing I would say is, ‘Officer, I am a permit-to-carry holder. I am carrying at this time. The pistol, or whatever, is located in X spot.’ I’d keep my hands visible on the steering heel or on the dashboard, and I’d say, ‘How would you like me to proceed?’ ”
Thoughts on concealed carry: “If you’re a concealed-carry permit holder and you’re carrying, you assume some risk, you know? Things happen. Whether it’s on accident or intentional—you’re carrying a firearm. You’re assuming some risk in carrying a firearm. You have to assume some risk—it’s just like when you drive a car.”
How the Philando Castile situation will affect his work: “Will we change the way we do the training? No, because we believe we’re teaching it correctly. Will we emphasize this part of the training more? Yes. Will it come up for discussion? Guaranteed.”
~ JOE PENAZ, instructor at Plane Cents Self Defense
Advice to students: “Be totally compliant. If they ask if you have a gun, tell them you have a gun, and make sure you ask them what to do next.
“I also say that if you have a gun on you and it’s on the same side as your wallet, and going for your wallet is going to expose the weapon, it would behoove you to tell the officer at that time, even though you don’t necessarily have to, ‘I have a weapon on me and it’s on the same side as my wallet.’ ”
Personal experience: “I usually start out by asking, ‘Are you having a good night, sir?’ I do. So few people ever say anything like that to a police officer. I’ve ridden with police many, many, many times. And all they ever do is get yelled at, spit on, cussed out. ‘Why aren’t you out arresting real criminals?’ and stuff like that. What does it hurt to ask, ‘Are you having a nice day?’ Wouldn’t you say that to someone at a Home Depot or a Dairy Queen? The only reason you’re not saying that is you’re getting pulled over and generally you don’t get pulled over unless you’ve done something wrong.”
On whether it’s dangerous for black people to take his advice: “Absolutely not. I have quite a few black people in my classes. I just don’t see that as a problem.”

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

OBAMA & HILLARY CAMPAIGN TOGETHER TUESDAY IN ‪#‎CHARLOTTE‬ (BATTLEGROUND STATES)








HILLARY HAS REQUIRED DELEGATES BUT CAN’T WIN WITHOUT OBAMA’S POLITICAL GENIUS.

DONALD TRUMP WILL CAMPAIGN IN RALEIGH SAME DAY.

NORTH CAROLINA REMAINS A BATTLEGROUND STATE.

Sources: Charlotte Observer, ABC News, Hillary Clinton Events, Youtube


President Barack Obama returns to Charlotte on Tuesday for his first campaign appearance with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

They’ll hold a rally at the Charlotte Convention Center – three short blocks from where, four years ago, Obama accepted his own renomination before a packed house at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The visit is Clinton’s second in two weeks to what’s expected once again to be a battleground state. It’s her first visit to Charlotte since a March 14 rally at Grady Cole Center, a day before she won the state’s primary. Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee,will be in Raleigh.

Obama and Clinton will arrive in Charlotte together at 2:25 p.m. on Air Force One and travel to the Convention Center for the 3 p.m. event. Doors open at 1.

Here are some things to keep in mind about Tuesday’s visit.

~ 1. Expect heavy traffic. If you’re going to the rally or just going to work, be prepared for afternoon traffic tie-ups.

Police say to expect intermittent road closures between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and uptown. Though the exact route hasn’t been disclosed for security reasons, previous presidential visits have caused congestion, even on Interstate 77.
Brevard Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard between Caldwell and College streets are expected to close at 9:30 a.m. One lane of Stonewall Street is expected to close for TV satellite trucks.
“We don’t anticipate huge gridlock based on the time frame, but we do expect some delays,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Estes of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Blue Line service uptown will be interrupted from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Trains will run north to the Carson Street Station, where passengers can board a bus to the transit center. For questions, call CATS customer service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).
~ 2. Critical time for Clinton. Clinton will arrive in Charlotte amid renewed and potentially damaging focus on the federal investigation of her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
On Saturday, the FBI interviewed her in Washington for more than three hours.
And even Democrats are still shaking their heads at the news that former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac in Arizona last week. Lynch has insisted Bill Clinton was making a social call and that they talked only about family. But she also acknowledged that the meeting had the appearance, to many, of a conflict of interest.
The Obama-Clinton visit comes eight years after an intense presidential primary fight between the two. Aides to Obama and Clinton told The Associated Press that the foe-to-friend narrative will be a key part of Tuesday’s events, with Obama acting as a character witness for his former secretary of state.
~ 3. Fewer no-shows. Two high-profile Democratic candidates have said this time they’ll appear with the president and his former secretary of state.
U.S. Senate candidate Deborah Ross and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper both plan to be at the Convention Center. Both were no-shows last month when Clinton spoke at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
One politician who won’t be there: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts. The mayor, who ushered Clinton onstage in March, is on a family vacation.
~ 4. Why North Carolina? Because it’s an increasingly important presidential battlefield.
In 2008, Obama became the first Democrat in 32 years to carry the state, and he won by a slim 14,000 votes. Four years later, Republican Mitt Romney won the state by 2 percentage points. But it was the only Southern swing state that he won.
Polls compiled by Real Clear Politics show the 2016 race a virtual tie. Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics rates it as leaning Democrat.
~ 5. Trump’s in North Carolina, too.
A few hours after the Clinton-Obama event ends in Charlotte, Trump is scheduled to address a rally at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. Will he or Clinton get the bigger crowd? Reporters and others will be counting.
Even with the president by her side, Clinton will have to share the day’s North Carolina media coverage with Trump, who will get the last word at his 7 p.m. event.
North Carolina was in the GOP column in 2012, and Trump needs to keep it there in 2016 if he hopes to become president. No Republican has won the White House without carrying North Carolina since Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.
Clinton, who is leading in the polls in most battleground states, doesn’t have to win North Carolina to get the necessary 270 electoral votes. She only has to get Trump to spend precious time and money here so he can’t spend it in states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania – probably must-win states for Clinton.
~ 6. Who’s paying? The Clinton campaign is paying to rent the Convention Center.
A spokesman for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority said the contract is being finalized, but the Clinton campaign is “definitely paying” and being treated like any other rental client.
Her campaign will also pick up the tab for the costs of bringing the president to town.
~ 7. Also on stage … Warming up the crowd for Clinton and Obama on Tuesday will be four Tar Heel Democrats – three of them candidates this year.
Cooper and Ross will each get some time at the microphone in the Convention Center ballroom.
N.C. Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever will also speak, as will U.S. Rep. Alma Adams – she of the extensive hat collection. The congresswoman will be returning to her new home, Charlotte, and may or may not try to get a photo op with Clinton wearing one of her hats.
Obama will depart Charlotte by 5:05 p.m., according to the White House press office.
According to The Associated Press, the last time Obama and Clinton traveled together was 2012 when they visited newly democratic Myanmar, a pet issue of Clinton’s.


While Obama and Clinton are only expected to be in Charlotte for a few hours, their schedules leave room for a possible unannounced stop around town that could showcase their personal rapport.