Former President Bill Clinton listens as first lady Michelle Obama speaks on Monday at the Democratic National Convention. If you tuned in only for the opening of this Democratic convention in Philadelphia Monday, you might have been asking yourself who really emerged from the primary season in control of the party.
Bernie Sanders graciously caps off the roll call, Bill Clinton brings down the house, protests continue, and Hillary Clinton makes a surprise appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Yahoo News has enlisted participants at the Democratic National Convention representing different viewpoints and roles to file daily diary entries on their experiences in Philadelphia. It was a great night for Hillary and for the whole country.
The theme of the first day of the Democratic National Convention was “United Together” — a redundancy that underscored how desperate the Democratic establishment was to set aside the divisions of this year’s long, hard, primary battle and unite the party around nominee Hillary Clinton. In practice, this meant that Bernie Sanders and his often obstreperous delegates dominated the first 24 hours of the event. Whether Bernie could control them.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai are joined by legendary basketball great and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the Democratic National Convention. Abdul-Jabbar talks about Donald Trump’s misperceptions about Muslims in America and around the world.
Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention late Tuesday was part grandfatherly musings, part nostalgic love story, part family history, part political memoir and entirely about portraying his wife as trustworthy, authentic and an agent of change for voters sick of the status quo. Republicans fearful of Hillary Clinton’s appeal used their convention to draw a “cartoon alternative” of her, he charged. “Cartoons are two-dimensional, they’re easy to absorb,” said Clinton.
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At the end of a dizzying array of appearances on the second night of the Democratic National Convention here, Hillary Clinton addressed the crowd that officially nominated her earlier in the day, emerging through an image of shattered glass at the end of a slideshow of portraits of the 43 men the United States has elected president. “Hello, Philadelphia, I am so happy!” Clinton said, appearing live from New York not long after her husband delivered a substantial address touting her commitment. Clinton, who will appear at the convention in person on its final night, thanked her supporters, saying, “This is really your victory, this is really your night” and echoed a major theme of the evening, in reaching out to the next generation.
A ragtag group of protesters made a last-ditch, quixotic and extremely unofficial effort to secure the Democratic nomination for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday. Minutes before Hillary Clinton was officially nominated on the floor at the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, a group of pro-Sanders protesters stood outside the security perimeter attempting to persuade delegates to change their mind. Some of the protesters attempted to guilt-trip the delegates.
The creator of “Girls,” Lena Dunham, and actress America Ferrera took to the stage here Tuesday night to tweak Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about his views on women, a topic Democrats have been driving home for months in web and TV ads in an effort to increase Trump’s already high negative ratings with women voters heading into the general election.
The roll calls at nominating conventions are a quadrennial joy, a chance for every state in the nation to brag about former and potential future presidents and products, from Pez to Gore-Tex. After a Republican convention whose highlights included the candidate’s children announcing the votes that put their father over the delegate threshold, it seemed the Democratic roll call might be overshadowed. In what was probably the most emotional moment of the roll call vote, Bernie Sanders’ brother Larry acknowledged their parents, ”who would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments.” Sanders, who lives in the United Kingdom, was speaking for the delegation of Democrats Abroad. Both Sanders brothers were failing in their attempts to hold back tears as Larry continued.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she was thrilled to see Hillary Clinton make history as the first woman presidential candidate for a major party, but noted that she supports Clinton because she believes she’s best for the job, not because she’s a woman. There are plenty of women she wouldn’t have supported — Sarah Palin, for instance. “What we need to do is vote for the person who is best for the job, and I think Hillary is.
Eight black mothers who have lost children to gun violence vouched for Hillary Clinton during a criminal-justice section of Tuesday night’s DNC program. “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter,” said Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was shot at a gas station in Florida. “She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation,” said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in 2012.
Eighteen years ago, then Texas Gov. Ann Richards charmed the Democratic Party from the 1988 convention podium, as she taunted the new Republican nominee. “Donald Trump has called women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dogs’,” she said. Well, Mr. Trump, come this November, women are going to be a lot more than an inconvenience.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sat down with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Democratic National Convention to talk about the historic nature of the nomination of Hillary Clinton.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai are joined by Politico's Mike Allen at the Democratic National Convention. The three discuss former President Bill Clinton’s speech and the second day of the DNC as a whole.
Shortly after delegates at the Democratic National Convention officially nominated Hillary Clinton to be the party’s presidential candidate on Tuesday, a group supporting her ex-rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, stormed into tents outside the Wells Fargo Center arena where members of the media had workspaces. “This is about failed neoliberal policies and they had a chance to save themselves from themselves with Bernie, but they completely blew it. This is a Dem exit,” an Ohio delegate named Mary Findley explained to Yahoo News.
Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of… what? One Bernie supporter in particular stood out. Luci Riley, an ICU nurse from Oakland, Calif., was a “lead organizer” for Sanders supporters in the Bay Area, according to the business card she handed me.
Her brother was born the year Arizona became a state. “I’m feeling wonderful right now,” Emmett told Yahoo News after her vote, as the states’ roll call continued. The roll call would conclude with Clinton being selected as the first major-party female presidential nominee.
Ahead of their appearance tonight at the Democratic National Convention, the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with actor and political activist Tony Goldwyn at the Democratic National Convention. Goldwyn plays the President on “Scandal” but he’s stumping for Hillary Clinton in real life.
PHILADELPHIA — “Governor Brown! We challenge the votes!” a young Bernie Sanders superfan in a black T-shirt and dark glasses shouted at California Gov. Jerry Brown as he tried to announce the results of the June 7 California primary during Tuesday’s roll call here at the Democratic National Convention.
Hillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening. Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party. Vermont’s delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai were joined by former Maryland governor and former Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The three discussed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and the future of the party.
Former Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa began the second day of the Democratic National Convention with a tribute to the disabled community — including his brother. Harkin, the first speaker of the session, spoke about the Americans With Disabilities Act, which was signed 26 years ago Tuesday. “I learned sign language from my brother Frank when I was growing up,” said Harkin, beginning to also sign his speech.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai are joined by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This will be Rangel’s final DNC as a sitting member of Congress.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with Clinton campaign senior strategist Joel Benenson at the Democratic National Convention to discuss the candidacy of Hillary Clinton an what a Clinton presidency would mean for the country.