Volunteers guaranteed access to Obama's nomination speech

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When President Obama delivers his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium in September, Charyl Pierson found out there will be a seat reserved just for her, and she's been flooded with feelings ever since.

"Oh,"  she says, "It feels grand. Just grand. Tearful, joyful all at the same time. And then also at the same time, I'm saying a prayer for him. Because he needs some rest and you can tell it."

Pierson volunteers for the president's re-election campaign, and he is in need of more people like her.

On Wednesday, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx announced a splashy incentive to those that can give even a relatively short amount of time - essentially a day's worth.

"Any individual who volunteers for the president's campaign and spends nine hours, which translates into three shifts, will have one chance to witness history," Foxx said.

They're calling it the 9-3-1 pledge, and it guarantees you'll get in here for the most sought-after event of the Democratic National Convention. The offer is overwhelming a lot of Obama supporters.

"Whoa, that means really everything to me," says Charlotte resident Janice Jones. "I am so glad I'm getting this opportunity to be there, and to see him in person. That really makes such a huge difference.

"I'm so excited to see him speak, and just be a part of history," says Charlotte resident Katie Whalen.