- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 28, 2008

The 2008 Democratic National Convention has gone green; the evidence is all around. Inside the perimeter are hundreds of receptacles marked for recycling, compost and landfill. One can´t miss the 900 volunteers in their green T-shirts who make up the Green Team.

But unseen are the people on the Green Team who are back in a secluded area sorting trash.

All of the compost and recyclable articles are taken to this sorting area. Not being able to trust the thousands of guests inside the perimeter to distribute their waste appropriately, these volunteers have the task of emptying the bags and sorting through the contents in order to make sure the recyclable articles go where they are supposed to, all the compost goes where it is supposed to and all the trash goes where it is supposed to.

The sorting area is surrounded by a tall fence with green lining, so people wouldn´t know it was there if they weren´t directed to it. Inside are rows of tables where people sort through the trash. There are multiple huge bins for different waste (recycling, compost, landfill) as well as an accumulating pile of garbage.

About 20 people were diligently dumping and sorting the garbage from the convention, seemingly undisturbed by the waste they were stepping in and the stench of all this garbage sitting in the hot sun.

But when approached, they told The Washington Times they could not talk about anything, and reporter Erin M. Moffet was shown the door. She went to the press office to ask why Green Team members weren’t allowed to talk to the press about their jobs, which one might think would be coverage the DNC would like.

She was told, “Oh, they´re just volunteers.”

McAuliffe gets laughs over long night

Former Clinton campaign chairman and longtime confidant Terry McAuliffe gave a stark behind-the-scenes look at the operation of the Democratic Party’s top players Wednesday morning.

Mr. McAuliffe, tired from a long night and early morning, described the source of his weariness - tongue-in-cheek, of course: the Clintons.

“So last night I was in the hall, I get there at 4:15 [a.m.], I get back at midnight, so I had a long 18-hour day.

“Finally, I get my head down, I get a call. It’s Hillary [Clinton]. She says, ‘Come on up; let’s have one drink to celebrate.’ So I actually went up to drink with Hillary for three hours. So I got 45 minutes [of sleep] last night.


“These Clintons are ruining me!”

The Virginia delegation laughed all through Mr. McAuliffe’s impromptu comedy routine.

Clinton reprised roles … bar one

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cited her many sources of pride in her Tuesday night speech to thousands of Democrats inside the Pepsi Center.

“I’m here tonight as a proud mother, as a proud Democrat …

… as a proud senator from New York …

… a proud American …

… and a proud supporter of Barack Obama.”

But where was former president Bill Clinton in the speech?

A Clinton spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday morning.

Boomer musicians play for politics

While Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton took the floor at the Pepsi Center on Tuesday night, others from Mrs. Clinton’s Baby Boom generation gathered at the Temple Buell Theatre for a taping of “e-town,” a Boulder-based radio program.

The acoustic show featured performances by Ani DiFranco, Graham Nash, David Crosby and James Taylor.

“I have a pretty terrible record,” Mr. Taylor said of his past political affiliations. “I was for George McGovern, Walter Mondale and John Anderson. Singers might not bring people into the political arena, but I get to feeling so strongly, it makes me feel better to get involved. I am hoping against hope we’ll see change in this country.”

Mr. Nash played to the decidedly over-40 crowd barefoot. Mr. Crosby’s long locks are now pure white. The two, along with bandmates Neil Young and Stephen Stills, have been getting out the antiwar message since Woodstock. Whatever the message, their harmonies sounded much the same as they have for almost 40 years, as they sang “Teach Your Children,” “Deja Vu,” and “This is My Country.”

The duo joined Mr. Taylor and others for a rendition of “This Land is Your Land.”

Items ran during the day at The Washington Times blog Trail Times (www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/trailtimes), featuring items from our reporters and editors in Denver.

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