DNC Backstage Pass: The Madness : Tell Me More TMM's Teshima Walker is in Denver and has lots to say about all the DNC mania.
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DNC Backstage Pass: The Madness

TMM Producer Teshima Walker files production notes at NPR's workspace at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Helena Johnson-McNeely, NPR hide caption

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Political conventions are a monster.

There are so many people walking, talking, hugging and passing business cards. By the time I left the Pepsi Convention Center I was "broke down" (say this and let your head drop low). My legs and back were tired. Although, I worked with a rigorous personal trainer for one week to get this body ready for the DNC.

You: One week? She wasn't serious.

Me: Whatever, I'm holding my own ... thanks to Tomica (she's the woman that worked with this overweight sister.)

It's a good thing I worked out, too. I've quickly learned that you don't sit down at a political convention — whether you're producing or running around for NPR's special coverage, or attending the event as a delegate. Even if there's music playing, you're dancing.

Also, every five steps, folks want Michel Martin's attention. They call out to her and Michel always, always stops to say thank you and ask them a question or two (even when she's on deadline). Why do I have to be the bad cop and rush her along?

There are so many interesting things to see out here. I'm sure the televisions have shown you countless pictures of people with lively outfits. As Michel mentioned in her recent entry, the outfits are colorful.

But what I'm interested in are the vendors outside of the convention center perimeter. They are selling everything. ...

Teshima Walker, NPR

You can buy a t-shirt or button with the Obama family on it.

There are red, white and blue umbrellas with Sen. Barack Obama's name on it. Oh, wait, I'm not done. ... There are plush and stiff plastic Obama dolls. There's a dancing Barack Obama doll.

I don't like it. Don't hassle me.
(I'm sorry, but you just shouldn't sell/buy a doll that has a potential President's hips gyrating. I don't want a current President's hips swiveling.)

Anyway, this sister's got to roll out. Walking to the Pepsi Center is a hike. Flat shoes are a must. I have a few minutes to gather some sound on these Denver streets. ... And Did I mention Denver is a cute place?

I actually want to talk with some of these vendors about their wares. I'm curious who has come the longest distance to sale t-shirts, who has created original designs, how much money they are really making on these products and what it means to them create someone's image on a t-shirt. I mean, think about it, how many living folks get a t-shirt?

I also want to talk to people wearing these t-shirts. Black, white, Latino, Arab ... folks are wearing these interesting t-shirts.

... Like this guy:

Convention attendee Majis al Bahadi is just one example of how folks are "dressed for the occassion" in Denver. Teshima Walker, NPR hide caption

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Teshima Walker, NPR

Stay logged on to the blog, I'll let you know what the vendors are saying.

And keep listening to our show. I appreciate it.

—Teshima Walker