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Obama: 38 million watched Thursday

"38 million turn TVs to Democratic convention for Obama's acceptance speech." "Nielsen Media Research said more people watched Obama speak Thursday night than watched the Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing, the final "American Idol," or the Academy Awards this year. Obama talked before a live audience of more than 84,000 people in Denver."

The New York Times covers Obama and Biden stumping in western Pennsylvania yesterday. "As the glow of their nominating convention was quickly overtaken by the announcement of the new Republican ticket, the two Democrats stayed purposely low key. They toured a biodiesel plant, stopped for ice cream and staged only one public event on their first day together as they returned to their task of trying to persuade voters beyond the Democratic activists in Denver to support their campaign."

"One day after Mr. Obama spoke before 80,000 at the stadium, and a television audience of at least 40 million, the ticket's arrival here was considerably different from recent postconvention trips. There was no Mississippi River boat tour that Al Gore conducted eight years ago, and the bus tour was far shorter than Senator John Kerry's bus tour four years ago."