The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte concludes Thursday with President Obama delivering a nationally televised speech in which he will accept his party’s nomination for reelection and make his case for a second term.
Convention proceedings begin at 4:30 p.m. with remarks by a quintet of North Carolina politicians. Representative Barney Frank, at his last convention as a member of the House, will be among the early speakers, addressing delegates shortly before 6 p.m.
Much of the hour between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. will be devoted to Democrats’ support of gay rights. A video will document the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which Obama repealed last year, allowing gays to serve openly. Speakers will include Zach Wahls, the author of “My Two Moms,” a book about growing up as the son of a lesbian couple.
Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina; Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden; and actresses Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington will speak between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Caroline Kennedy will take the podium just after 8 p.m., and Senator John Kerry will address the convention shortly before 9 p.m.
Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will speak between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Network television coverage will begin at 10 p.m. with remarks by Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. Then Obama will deliver a speech that was originally booked at Bank of America Stadium, the Carolina Panthers’ football stadium, but had to be relocated to the Time Warner Cable Arena because of possible thunderstorms.