The streets of downtown Charlotte — sorry, er, uptown Charlotte, for some reason — were overtaken this afternoon by Carolina Fest, a DNC kick-off event boasting comfort food (including giant turkey legs), live music (James Taylor, Jeff Bridges), special-interest booths with promotional freebies, a rock climbing wall, a guy on stilts, and more Obama merchandise for sale than you could shake a giant turkey leg at. Inevitably, the festival also included pockets of lefty activists advocating various causes. Among them was Tighe (pronounced like tiger, without the "er") Barry, one of the Code Pink protesters who loudly interrupted Mitt Romney's RNC speech in Tampa a few days ago. They had been given entry passes by a couple of "disgruntled" Ron Paul supporters, Barry told me.
"I was actually assaulted by people in the crowd," he recalled. "The guy tried to grab my banner. I wouldn't let it go and he pulled me down into the next row. He got me in a headlock."
Now Barry is in Charlotte for the DNC, and — in what seems like bad news for the Democrats, considering his willingness to heckle politicians during nationally televised convention speeches — he is not at all pleased with President Obama. He's been "woefully lacking in fulfilling promises," Barry says, citing transparency concerns, drone strikes, and our many ongoing military conflicts. "We're not forgetting the promises that were made by this administration."
Fortunately for Obama, though, Code Pink does not yet have access to Bank of America Stadium, the site (weather permitting) of the convention's final night. At least, that's what Barry claims.