August 28th, 2008
11:41 AM ET

Behind the scenes at the CNN Grill

CNNs Jeanne Moos encourages you to analyze the dance moves of poltical pundits at the Democratic National Convention
CNNs Jeanne Moos encourages you to analyze the dance moves of poltical pundits at the Democratic National Convention

Kay Jones
AC360° Editorial Producer

We’ve been working hard this week at the DNC, but with work comes a time to let loose. Roland Martin and Donna Brazile did the best job, dancing in the middle of the CNN Grill long after they went off the air. Since we didn’t have a camera able to tape it, you should check out Jeanne Moos’ report on all the convention dancing. You will get a good idea of what went down here last night.

It was a really interesting mix of people here, from Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s sons, August and Abe, to Ashley Judd, Jamie Foxx and Days of Our Lives’ own Deidre Hall. Time’s Karen Tumulty, ABC’s Kate Snow, EXTRA’s Carlos Diaz and our own Campbell Brown, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper were spotted at various times throughout the night chatting up the various guests here. Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her way in for an interview and her staff wanted to come back. She, unfortunately, couldn’t make it due to other commitments. But Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York did make it, and he and his wife really enjoyed dinner as well as the atmosphere.

Once again, the crowd fell silent during the big speeches of the night, cheering as if they were inside the arena during both Pres. Clinton’s speech and Sen. Biden’s acceptance speech. The loudest roar from both inside and the patio area came when Sen. Obama joined Sen. Biden on stage.

Tonight is the final night of the Democratic convention, and with Sen. Obama’s speech on the horizon, we are gearing up for a great night on CNN as well as at the CNN Grill.

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. mkaryl

    Let's groove tonight...feel the spice of life...groove on brother roland...jam like you are the bread and butter...lol

    August 28, 2008 at 9:06 pm |
  2. Abdallah

    AC , this is great move, But I am still waiting to see Wolf B. Move . He promises to Dance with Donna B since he love the band so much .
    Come on Wolf you can do it.

    Still Waiting ..

    August 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Man! Roland has some moves! He ought to dance with the 360 crew on the show some night. And maybe he can get Anderson and Wolfe to dance too – Anderson said at one time he had been known to be able to "cut a rug" but he's never offered up any proof. He needs to join in on the fun!

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 28, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  4. Rena

    Mike Thumb, so does the experienced person no one is perfect not even you. Bush is a prime example and so is Dick Cheney.

    But anyway Ronald and Donna look like they were having a ball! If only we can go back to having the good old days. We are stressed and oppressed people today due to bad decisions on our leaders. What a shame! Hopefully we will see these happy days again. It doesn't look the fellow next to Ronald know what fun is!!! Somebody help him!!!!

    August 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  5. Heather

    I love her reports.I know I'll be laughing. I can say that I pretty much disagree with Roland on almost everything. But I have to admit not only is he always a well dressed man, but he loves to dance and nothing not even sitting on a stool will stop him. It was just so funny to see him get into the music while his counterpart looked very uncomfortable. Go Roland!

    August 28, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  6. Mike Thumb

    Is Obama going to tarnish the Democratic brand like Bush tarnished the Republican brand? Obama may not make the same mistakes as bush, but he may make just as many. Inexperienced people make mistakes.

    August 28, 2008 at 12:47 pm |
  7. Victoria

    Go Roland.....Go Roland....

    August 28, 2008 at 12:44 pm |
  8. Stacy

    No camera? You're CNN. For shame! At least Jeanne Moos caught some move-busting. Because teasing dancing pundits and then not delivering just would have been mean.

    Looks like everyone is having fun. Don't drink too much CNN brew!

    August 28, 2008 at 12:20 pm |
  9. Ryan Field

    I'm voting for Obama because I don't have a choice. But when I see Roland and Brazile, I want to run over to the McCain camp and take up residence.

    August 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm |
  10. Diane N.

    I agree with Cindy. A little levity really helps us get through. That was totally great stuff last night when Anderson kept ribbing Wolf about the band. Wolf "roadie" Blitzer LOL.

    August 28, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  11. Cindy

    I loved seeing Roland, Donna and Paul getting down! That was SO funny! You all need way more moments like that on air during these conventions since they can get a bit stale at times. You need to keep it loosened up a bit and that definitely did it.

    I also loved hearing about Wolf being in a band and the joking about that and laughter that ensued. Keep that stuff up! It's more entertaining than most of the convention honestly!


    August 28, 2008 at 11:48 am |