President Clinton brought the first night of the 2000 Democratic National Convention to a close on a rousing partisan note by appropriating a line from Ronald Reagan and asking, "Are you better off than eight years ago?" Once again, AOPA is the only general aviation association participating in the convention's busy schedule of briefings, fundraisers, and receptions. Just as they did at the Republican convention, the major airlines have committed formidable resources to a high-profile presence including co-hosting a reception Monday evening for pilot and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). Official events in Los Angeles are much more spread out throughout the city, creating security problems. On Sunday evening, AOPA staff had to work their way through screaming protestors with the help of a cordon of mounted police to get to a reception honoring conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats.
August 15, 2000