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(22,019 posts)
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 02:41 PM Jul 2016

DNC Day 4 Mega-Photo Recap!

Greetings from the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia! I am officially too exhausted to write a proper introduction!

DNC Day 1 Mega-Photo Recap!
DNC Day 2 Mega-Photo Recap!
DNC Day 3 Mega-Photo Recap!

We started our day as usual, picking up credentials at the Convention Center. A small contingent of pro-Palestine protesters were doing their thing outside when we got there.

Inside the Convention Center, I got myself a nice "Dads for Hillary 2016" button to go on my DU shirt.

Then I headed up to Hall G to prepare the Day 3 recap, while Skinner poked around the Convention Center to see what he could see. What he ended up seeing was Bowzer from Sha Na Na at the Seniors Coordinating Council meeting. He said he made a living performing music from the 50s and 60s, "But I don't want to return to the 50s and 60s."

Skinner also saw Corey Booker addressing the LGBT Caucus...

And inside Hall G we ran into -- and had a nice chat with -- blogger extraordinaire and DU member Egberto Willies.

Then it was time to leave the Convention Center and head over to the arena, but wouldn't you know it -- it was absolutely pouring with rain outside. Fortunately they were giving out ponchos on the way out, which provided us with our best look of the convention so far.

Philadelphia City Hall getting wet.

What's up with all this damn rain, Benjamin Franklin?!?

We spotted another donkey! Georgia this time. Only 54 to go! You know, somehow I don't think we're going to manage to find all of these things before the end of the convention.

Since we stayed downtown today instead of going back to our hotel, we rode the subway instead of the media shuttle.

Arena time! And no sooner did we arrive than we spotted former RNC chief Michael Steele...

And Andrea Mitchell. I think she was asking Alan Greenspan if he'd remembered to feed the cat.

We had managed to score a second hall pass for Thursday, the only problem was that mine was a media pass and Skinner's was a guest pass, which meant that we had to sit in different sections...

Although technically we were still able to sit next to each other.

Caution: EarlG

Intriguing plastic bags attached to all the seats informed us that we would be part of a "card stunt" later in the evening.

Aaaaaaand.... nap time.

Unfortunately we were stuck up behind the stage again, so our photo-taking angle wasn't great. But we still had a good view of the proceedings. Early speakers included...

Chad Griffin of the Human Rights Campaign, who fired up the crowd

Sarah McBride, the first transgender American to ever speak at a national political convention

Dolores Huerta

Katie McGinty, running for Senate in Pennsylvania

And Tammy Duckworth.

Here's a pic of me taking a pic...

...of the balloons that were going to be covering the arena floor in a few hours.

VIDEO: Carole King got everyone on their feet

More speakers!

James Clyburn

Barbara Mikulski

Elizabeth Warren

And Barbara Boxer.

By this point there were lots of sore butts and rapidly discharging batteries up here in the press section.

Here come the Hillary signs...

More speakers!

Nancy Pelosi

John Hickenlooper

Tom Wolf

Jennifer Granholm

Former Reagan administration official Doug Elmets, who got a big cheer with the line, "I knew Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan"

Reverend William Barber, who absolutely rocked the house

And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who got a laugh by introducing himself as Michael Jordan and then saying that Donald Trump probably couldn't tell the difference.

The arena had been packed for hours by this point -- nobody could leave (unless you wanted to lose your seat) and our phone batteries were getting disturbingly low.

Nevertheless, we still managed to get some pictures of...

General John Allen

Chloe Grace Moretz

Sherrod Brown

And Katy Perry.

Video of Katy Perry

And finally it was time for the big moment -- first up was Chelsea Clinton...

Followed by her mom -- the next President of the United States!

Video of Hillary's big entrance

I have no idea how the speech came across on TV because I still haven't seen video of it, but in the hall the atmosphere was electric and the crowd was utterly enthusiastic, despite the constant interruptions from a small hardcore group of "busters." Hillary seemed to handle the interruptions with aplomb, and I particularly liked her line -- delivered with a smile -- about how Donald Trump loses his cool when he sees protesters at rallies. The comment was aimed at Trump, but the subtext was obvious.

When the speech was over, it was time for... card stunt!

Except nobody seemed to know what to do, despite relatively clear instructions. So we all held up our cards and hoped for the best.

I have no idea how this came across on TV but it actually looked pretty cool inside the hall!

These are the eyes of a man who has not left his seat for seven hours.


Total balloon madness!

And with the convention officially wrapped up, it was time to head for the exits.

Let's do this again in four years, assuming the circulation has returned to our legs by then.

PS. Finally, I wanted to give one more shout-out to DUer JusticeForAll, whom I met briefly on day 3, and also DUer Gothmog, whom we tried to meet up with at the end of day 4 but were thwarted by the madness of the end of the convention -- sorry we couldn't get over to you. Hope to see you -- and more DUers -- next time!

Thanks for reading!

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DNC Day 4 Mega-Photo Recap! (Original Post) EarlG Jul 2016 OP
K & R Iliyah Jul 2016 #1
Sorry, responded to the wrong person senseandsensibility Jul 2016 #24
K&R ismnotwasm Jul 2016 #2
Have enjoyed your adventure in Philly! Bobbie Jo Jul 2016 #3
I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed reading these. Pacifist Patriot Jul 2016 #4
Brilliant! yallerdawg Jul 2016 #5
Thanks for all the pictures Renew Deal Jul 2016 #6
Thanks for the Play-by-Play and all the pictures geardaddy Jul 2016 #7
EarlG and Skinner sheshe2 Jul 2016 #8
Thanks for the pics! blue neen Jul 2016 #9
Good feeling of what it was like to be there. ffr Jul 2016 #10
Nice photos. bhusar Jul 2016 #11
Fantastic! Libby2 Jul 2016 #12
Fantastic pics and reporting KT2000 Jul 2016 #13
Interesting that Medea Benjamin was able to sneak into Cleveland, but not into our convention. Warren DeMontague Jul 2016 #14
cool. Thanks for sharing that experience with us. shireen Jul 2016 #15
WONDERFUL PHOTOS ailsagirl Jul 2016 #16
K&R treestar Jul 2016 #17
K&R! stonecutter357 Jul 2016 #18
Thank you! n/t livetohike Jul 2016 #19
IMO, your reporting together with C-Span BlueMTexpat Jul 2016 #20
Fantastic pics! cwydro Jul 2016 #21
I still can't get over the thousands of people there, Ilsa Jul 2016 #22
Bowser?? hibbing Jul 2016 #23
I worked with him back in 2004. We were Deaniacs. Beaverhausen Jul 2016 #26
Awesome! hibbing Jul 2016 #29
I'm not--I've met those guys; they seemed pretty liberal to me. MADem Jul 2016 #37
Was the card stunt supposed to be a flag? senseandsensibility Jul 2016 #25
Wondering That Myself otohara Jul 2016 #39
Portable phone chargers. They are great. Beaverhausen Jul 2016 #27
K&R! DemonGoddess Jul 2016 #28
Thanks for sharing tawadi Jul 2016 #30
Thank you for sharing your convention experience with us! DesertRat Jul 2016 #31
Thanks for taking is there with you ! unitedwethrive Jul 2016 #32
K&R! Thank you. Really enjoyed this inside view. R B Garr Jul 2016 #33
k and r with deepest thanks for taking us along on this historic adventure. love the pics! niyad Jul 2016 #34
Well, now i can see why they say NastyRiffraff Jul 2016 #35
LOL--your first pic is of the Code Pinkers... MADem Jul 2016 #36
Thanks for the memories and congrats for doing something BumRushDaShow Jul 2016 #38
Amazing Pictures. Amazing Convention. Thanks Skinner and EarlG still_one Jul 2016 #40
Thank you, thank you, mountain grammy Jul 2016 #41

Pacifist Patriot

(24,655 posts)
4. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed reading these.
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 02:56 PM
Jul 2016

I am in awe of your stamina.

Pssst, next convention have one of these on you. Never leave home without it in my purse! The jealous looks I get when I use it is priceless. I've actually had total strangers ask if they could borrow it for a 15 minute hit.


(16,104 posts)
5. Brilliant!
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 02:57 PM
Jul 2016

The four days was like you bringing us along!

It is so nice to "take a trip and never leave the farm!"

Renew Deal

(81,922 posts)
6. Thanks for all the pictures
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 02:58 PM
Jul 2016

I don't think the "card stunt" came out well on TV, but the rest of the convention did.


(24,936 posts)
7. Thanks for the Play-by-Play and all the pictures
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 03:10 PM
Jul 2016

I wasn't quite sure what was going on the card event. I though maybe attendants were trying to spell things out, but it was unclear to me on the TV.

Again, thanks for your account of the Convention!

blue neen

(12,336 posts)
9. Thanks for the pics!
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 03:15 PM
Jul 2016

It was wonderful to see DU represented at the greatest political convention of my lifetime!


(22,684 posts)
10. Good feeling of what it was like to be there.
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 03:24 PM
Jul 2016


What were the Card Stunt cards suppose to spell out in the upper bleachers? The cameras panned across the sections and you could kind of make out letters, but not everyone was holding up their cards.

Anyone know?


(20,618 posts)
13. Fantastic pics and reporting
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 03:50 PM
Jul 2016

Loved that you guys were still able to sit next to each other. The card stunt WORKED - looked great!
Thank you both for sharing all of this.

Warren DeMontague

(80,708 posts)
14. Interesting that Medea Benjamin was able to sneak into Cleveland, but not into our convention.
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 04:10 PM
Jul 2016

These are the people who are gonna build an impenetrable border wall?

Also, until now I never realized how much Bowser looks like Terry McAuliffe.


(8,333 posts)
15. cool. Thanks for sharing that experience with us.
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 04:13 PM
Jul 2016

And thanks for saying "Busters" instead of "Bernie Busters" ... they don't deserved to be mentioned in the same breath as Bernie's name.


(15,378 posts)
20. IMO, your reporting together with C-Span
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:33 PM
Jul 2016

and some good DU threads gave a much better and more complete picture than any M$M outlet.


(61,721 posts)
22. I still can't get over the thousands of people there,
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:26 PM
Jul 2016

Who wanted to be there, who weren't paid to make it look full, when the rnc couldn't fill but maybe half of their convention site.

Thank you for posting all of these great pics and videos!


(10,120 posts)
23. Bowser??
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:49 PM
Jul 2016

I have loved these pictures and appreciate you two posting them, they really do capture the inside view and behind the scenes. I'm shocked that Bowser is a Democrat!



(24,476 posts)
26. I worked with him back in 2004. We were Deaniacs.
Fri Jul 29, 2016, 08:15 PM
Jul 2016

His nephew Eric Bauman is Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party.


(135,425 posts)
37. I'm not--I've met those guys; they seemed pretty liberal to me.
Sat Jul 30, 2016, 05:12 PM
Jul 2016

They all met in college (Columbia U), the Sha-Na-Na thing was originally sort of a goof. They never thought they'd make any dough off of it. "Bowser" was hugely easy-going when I encountered him--and they were in the middle of a pretty brutal road schedule. The sax player (Lennie Baker) was not an original member from college days (he was a kid from MA who went to Northeastern when it was a commuter college and played backup for one of the old 50s groups making the rounds right before Sha-na-na broke out) but he was a huge talent--bit of a curmudgeon, liked his beer, but I got along with him just fine. He lived on the Vineyard (with his mom until she died), and he, himself, died recently this year, may he RIP.


(114,101 posts)
34. k and r with deepest thanks for taking us along on this historic adventure. love the pics!
Sat Jul 30, 2016, 12:19 PM
Jul 2016

oh, and here are pics of all the donkeys, and their locations--the scavenger hunt must be fun for those who have the time:

donkeys around town--all 57 of them!

and their locations:



(12,448 posts)
35. Well, now i can see why they say
Sat Jul 30, 2016, 04:56 PM
Jul 2016

that Hillary's supporters aren't enthusiastic.

Or, maybe not.

Thanks for the wonderful pics, EarlG! The atmosphere was electric just watching on TV; I can only imagine what it was like in the room!


(135,425 posts)
36. LOL--your first pic is of the Code Pinkers...
Sat Jul 30, 2016, 05:01 PM
Jul 2016

Isn't that professional protester Medea Benjamin front and center w/the heart under her arm and the microphone?

BOWSER--I've actually met that guy--met all of Sha Na Na, years ago! Had dinner with them before a concert, watched the entire thing from backstage, a ton of fun. I thought they were a bunch of rather active horndogs because they all had case lots of lube in their dressing rooms--being nosy and without a filter, I HAD to ask.....turns out they use KY to grease up their hair (I guess it washes out easily!).


(130,326 posts)
38. Thanks for the memories and congrats for doing something
Sat Jul 30, 2016, 05:43 PM
Jul 2016

that I've yet to do - actually go inside the Wells Fargo Center (formerly the Wachovia Center that was formerly the First Union Center, that originally opened as the Corestates Center). Of course it is owned by Comcast (Spectacor).

This is the facility's 20th year in existence!

Great set of pics! As a note, my mom and I attended the ribbon-cutting opening of the PA Convention Center back in 1993, where VP Al Gore did the honors. What was funny was that we walked over to it to see what it looked like and got herded into a "VIP" line that lead right to the makeshift stage that the (then-new) VP would be speaking from. We were right up front! No metal detectors, no pat-downs, no x-ray machines - just directed to the line that funneled to a spot in front of the stage. Have been in there almost every year since it opened (since it hosts the Philadelphia Flower Show).

Hope you enjoyed the city and sorry for the rain!

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