Politics

Obama in LoDo: Party for the masses

The Jet Hotel welcomed the masses.

Some of us weren’t VIP enough to get into Invesco last night, and some of us were just too lazy to stand in line. For all of the above, there was a populist screening of the Barack Obama speech in LoDo, where the real voters roam.

Thanks to Cricket Wireless (Yay, corporate America!) a giant screen was set up on the side of the Jet Hotel on Wazee Street. By 8 p.m. masses of hipsters, assorted media types, and a few homeless people had gathered beneath it, gazing up at the screen in a weird sort of homage.

Those who had arrived early enough were standing inside a fenced-off area enjoying music and beer, but the rest of us latecomers simply stood on the sidewalk where the 16th Street Mall shuttle bus had dropped us. By the time Obama took the stage, the crowd was hushed.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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