Twelve Days of DNChristmas
If this list of items is accomplished, it would make for a merry time for Democratic National Convention officials in Charlotte
There are certain Christmas songs I look forward to hearing during this season each year: “This Christmas,” by Donny Hathaway; “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” by The Jackson 5; “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” by Mariah Carey; “Christmas In Hollis,” by Run-D.M.C.; and “Feliz Navidad,” by Jose Feliciano, to name a few.
But it isn’t just those Christmas songs that have become enamored in pop culture that I adore. I appreciate standards like “Twelve Days of Christmas” as well. In fact, I’ve decided to remix that classic ditty, in recognition of the Democratic National Convention being held in Charlotte next year.
So I offer you the “Twelve Days of DNChristmas,” which are a dozen things that (I believe) would please the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Committee for Charlotte in 2012 (host committee) if they would occur.
On the first day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
A developer swoops in and announces it will build a new hotel above the EpiCentre (where the shelved condo was planned), to be completed by August 2012, giving convention delegates one more uptown accommodation to choose from.
On the second day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Occupy Charlotte doesn’t gain anymore momentum or national media coverage.
On the third day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Harold Cogdell Jr. and fellow Democratic Mecklenburg County Commissioners kiss and make up.
On the fourth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues to earn national awards and recognition, giving Dems one more thing to tout about this model city.
On the fifth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan and President Barack Obama become friends…on Facebook (it’s a start).
On the sixth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, who’s known for staying out of politics, publicly throws his support behind the convention and its fundraising and recruitment efforts.
On the seventh day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton records a fundraising video like Vince Carter did.
On the eighth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Soon-to-be Charlotte corporate citizen, Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre, pledges to rally support from the Latino community.
On the ninth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
Disgraced former North Carolina Senator and 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards agrees to not visit Rielle Hunter and their daughter at her Charlotte home during September.
On the tenth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
After having made a full recovery from his illness, the Rev. Billy Graham offers to lead the prayer on opening night of the convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena, causing evangelical Christians to view this as a sign they should support the Obama campaign.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
3,700 residents of SouthPark, Ballantyne, Myers Park, and Lake Norman pledge $10,000 each, propelling the host committee to reach its $37-million-dollar fundraising goal, while keeping its pledge of not accepting individual donations over $100,000.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, a gift for the DNC:
North Carolina’s unemployment rate falls below the national average, while the national unemployment rate continues to decline.