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August 28, 2008 7:35 PM

The Buteras' last full day in Denver, (part 5)

Mike, Mary and Peter pause at the Highline Canal Bridge. Within hours, they will be on to the evening's address by Barack Obama at Invesco Field

August 28, 2008 7:29 PM

The Buteras' last full day in Denver, in pictures (part 4)

Back to the biking trail with Dad. He demonstrates the latest thing -- the universal sign for Barack Obama supporters.  

August 28, 2008 7:23 PM

The Buteras' last full day in Denver (in pictures, Part3)

Peter Butera 9, has a great week at a bowling and miniature golf park in Littleton, CO. He also loved the hotel (the lobby was a great place to hook up to the Internet and work on his cartoon strip, "Chocolate With Nuts.") Room service was cool, too.

But sometimes a convention just takes it out of a guy. At the moment this picture was taken, a delegate sitting nearby called out, "I feel just like him!"

Here it is.

August 28, 2008 7:16 PM

The Buteras' last full day in Denver, in pictures (2)

Getting seated together, as a family, for the Obama address that night at Invesco field took some doing. (Mike could be seated with his delegates, but he wanted to sit with Mary and Peter) Here Mike and Mary figure out how to get three tickets together. (They did it). Mary even found a stray ticket on the floor, which they were able to give away.

August 28, 2008 6:53 PM

The Butera family's last full day in Denver, in pictures, PART I

From breakfast to sundown on Thursday, Pennsylvania delegate Mike Butera and his family  -- wife, Mary, and their son, Peter, 9 --- had a day like no other.

It started with a surprise visit from vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, then morphed to a biking jaunt on the Highline Canal, and ended with near-front row seats at the historic Invesco Field address of their party's candidate for president, Barack Obama.

Here's their day, in pictures.



August 28, 2008 10:31 AM

Oh, what a day: Biden, Butera, and finding a place to sit

What a morning. Mike Butera stepped off the elevator to bomb sniffing dogs, which morphed to a breakfast followd by a rousing speech by VP candidate Joe Biden, a native of Scranton.
"Son of the Coal Country" the Pennsylvania gov. Ed Rendell called Biden (see previous entry for the full account).
Biden called on all Pennsylvanians to join him and Obama in the fight to retake the country for the Democrats. Biden stayed nearly an hour, schmoozing and handshaking "with every person in he room," as somebody joked.
Oh, and speaking of Obama -- gotta get those tickets for tonight's big show at Invesco Field. The Pennsylvanians were assured that there would be tickets for every member of the each delegate's family (delegates got in anyway). So Butera got in line to get tickets for his wife, Mary and son, Peter, 9.
It wasn't the first time in the last 12 hours he's had to cool his heels. Last night at the Convention center floor --Butera said his back, legs were aching, he just wanted to find a seat -- (there weren't enough PA seats left) he ended up in the Michigan delegation.
"Hey, where you from in Michigan?" asked the friendly delegate next to him.
Actually I;m not from Michigan, Butera said ......"I;m just trying to find a seat!"    

August 28, 2008 9:58 AM

Joe Biden addresses his Pennsylvania troops

8:AM BREAKFAST MEETING AT MARRIOT TECH CENTER Pennsylvania delegate Mike Butera stepped off the elevator Thursday morning to a crowd of cops and bomb sniffing dogs.
OK, he figured, either Obama or Biden is in the house.
It was Joe Biden, a native of Scranton, about to arrive at the Marriott Tech Center to address the people he grew up with.
He's "Son of the Coal Country" as Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell put it in his introduction.

August 27, 2008 4:17 PM

A memorable 24 hours ...phase 3

2:30 PM WEDNESDAY COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER: Hillary Clinton has just finished speaking to her delegates and has released them from their obligation to vote for her -- which brought strong boos and scattered, supportive applause.

Afterwards, Pennsylvania delegate Mike Butera, a Clinton supporter since her presidential quest began, was ready to accept Hillary's graceful exit and move on. (There still was another option -- Hillary herself acknowledged that some delegates might want to cast Wednesday night's first ballot-vote for her, because they represent 18 million voters who wanted her to be president.)

But that kind of gesture isn't Butera's style.  

August 27, 2008 3:55 PM

A memorable 24 hours ... phase 2

8;30 A.M. BREAKFAST WEDNESDAY AT THE MARRIOTT TECH CENTER: What a night. After leaving the Pepsi Center, Mike Butera and his family crashed early -- he says he was in bed by 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Not so for Mark Bufalino, chair of the Luzerne County (PA) Democrats, which is part of Butera-land (in northeastern Pennsylvania).

August 27, 2008 3:38 PM

A memorable 24 hours ... phase 1

Mike Butera, delegate of Pennsylvania, has so far been immune to Denver's altitude, but maybe that's because he hasn't had any time to feel it.

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