*UPDATE* Campaign officials have just announced that the president's speech will take place inside at the Time Warner Cable Arena due to weather concerns.
It is not uncommon for President Barack Obama to set a high bar for himself when it comes to his campaign or his presidency. This week's Democratic National Convention is no exception.
Much like his convention in 2008, when Obama was in the midst of an historic election and his popularity and momentum for his candidacy were at an all time high, he decided to give his convention acceptance speech inside a football stadium. He had no trouble packing the place.
Now it is 2012 and he has had four years of working in Washington and his re-election campaign is a bit of a different challenge than his initial run was, but his campaign still plans on him accepting the nomination inside the 70 thousand seat Bank of America Stadium where the Carolina Panthers play.
This week campaign leaders said they were still evaluating whether or not they plan to use the big stadium and were keeping a close eye on the weather.
In an exclusive one on one interview with NBC12, President Obama himself was hesitant to guarantee a packed house.
"Well we got to check the weather," he said. "But hopefully, we will have good weather and I'm looking forward to what is going to be a terrific event."
The president then quickly changed the conversation to the message he hoped to send in his speech, regardless of how many people would be watching.
"My main goal is not to worry about the logistics of the convention," Obama said. "My main goal is to communicate to the American people how we can move forward."
An extended clip from the interview can be seen here:
The level of enthusiasm for both campaigns is a running theme of the 2012 election and the president told me that he senses the same type of energy now that he did 2008.
You can see what President Obama had to say about his campaign's energy and many other things later tonight on NBC12 News at 6. Our full interview will be posted her later this evening as well.
The president gives us his thoughts about his opponent Mitt Romney. He looks back on his now famous "you didn't build that" comment in Virginia and tells me if he thinks we as a country are better off than we were 4 years ago.
See all of that in our exclusive interview later tonight on NBC12.