Thursday, September 6, 2012

Schedule for final day at DNC

Here's the schedule for today's events at the Democratic National Convention based on various reports.

The DNC is keeping some of the  guests and timings secret to create suspense before President Barack Obama formally accepts the party's nomination.

Former House Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will start off the official opening tonight with the Pledge of Allegiance. A number of Hollywood celebrities including Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria will make appearances tonight according to a CNN report.

The "mystery guests" appear to all be Hollywood women: Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington.  This will create an interesting contrast to the RNC's selection of Clint Eastwood.  Caroline Kennedy may also speak tonight.

Harold and Kumar star Kal Penn will host the event on the live webcast at http://barackobama.com/live along with a bevy of celebrity Democrats.

Thursday at DNC

11:35 a.m. (All times EDT)

First lady Michelle Obama and second lady Dr. Jill Biden will address the Women's Caucus meeting.

11:45 a.m.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew will address the International Leaders Forum.

12:10 p.m.

Jill Biden will address the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Caucus.

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network will host an event to raise awareness about voter ID laws and their effect on the African-American community. Others scheduled to attend: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches; Rev. Freddie Haynes, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church; Roslyn Brock, chairwoman of the NAACP and gospel singer John Kee.

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Screening of "Electoral Dysfunction," a documentary about political humorist Mo Rocca's tour of America's patchwork of electoral systems.

6:00 p.m.

Events kick off at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The DNC is being hush-hush about the schedule of events.

Roll Call reports Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

CNN cited a leaked draft of the schedule that says A-list actors Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington are the surprise guests. The rock band Foo Fighters is also reportedly in the roster. Actor Eva Longoria is also reportedly going to speak, according to AP.

8:00 p.m.

Actor Kal Penn hosts a Web-only convention special featuring famous Hollywood Democrats, including Elizabeth Banks, Aisha Tyler, Olivia Wilde, Fran Drescher, Zack Braff, Marc Anthony and Alexis Bledel.

10:00 p.m.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to pitch his vision of America to the world. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to give a 25-minute speech prior to the president's address.

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