It wasn’t immediately obvious to journalists, delegates and viewers at home, but if we take a step back at the end of the 2016 Democratic National Convention and view the colorful four days at the Wells Fargo Center as a whole, the motif of the entire event becomes apparent – it was intended to be an anti-Trump advertisement.

The convention was designed to collectively project a theme that stands in sharp contrast to everything that the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stands for. The convention was hopeful and optimistic; it embraced multi-ethnic, religious, and sexual diversity; it exuded a sense of empathy and kindness; and above all, it believes in the present greatness of the United States.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee also deserve commendation for the almost perfect production of the four-day event, which spanned between July 25 and July 28, 2016. At times, the convention even resembles an award show – not least because of the plethora of stars present.

Of course, not everything was perfect. The first day of the convention was marred by frequent boos and chants by delegates of Sen. Bernie Sanders. WikiLeaks Julian Assange’s decision to release almost 20,000 hacked DNC emails, which contain a handful of emails showing the personal bias of several DNC officials in favor of Hillary Clinton during the primary process, was akin to pouring gasoline to an already raging fire. It even led to the resignation of DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Sen. Sanders though proved that he was loyal to the progressive cause by insisting on party unity, and worked hard behind the scenes to quell the anger of his supporters. In a small rally with supporters before the start of the first day of the convention, Sen. Sanders was shockingly booed for his calls of unity.

However, the disruptions were only really evident early on the first day. It was almost unnoticeable thereafter. However, small, low-key demonstrations outside of the Wells Fargo Arena continued well into the eve of the fourth day – and they were heavily reported by the press, which gave many viewers a flawed perception of what was essentially a rather quiet convention.

Probably the only real complaint during the convention is that it peaked early and the shortage of heavyweight speakers on the final day, as evidenced by the slightly lower TV ratings compared to the Republican National Convention’s fourth day. Nevertheless, the first three days and total four-day viewership easily outperformed the rival convention.

The first day of the convention, which among others, featured sterling speeches by Minnesota Senator Al Franken, wheelchair-bound activist Anastasia Somoza, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and actress Eva Longoria, rose to another level with a stunning speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. Even Sen. Sander’s brilliant speech, which included an unequivocal and complete support of Secretary Clinton, was put to shade by Mrs. Obama’s deeply personal speech.

Actress, director and producer Elizabeth Banks was host for Day 2, and not surprisingly, the day featured over three dozen Hollywood glitterati. The roll call of the states, which was expected to cause some conflict on the convention floor by supporters of Sen. Sanders, turned out to be a rather tame affair which ended when the Vermont Senator magnanimously requested the suspension of the roll call vote and the confirmation of Secretary Clinton as the nominee. The highlight of the evening though was Bill Clinton’s epic speech, a spectacular demonstration of how a skilled orator can turn even the most ordinary of topics into an edge-of-the-seat thriller.

The third day featured some of the biggest political names in America today, including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and true to form, they delivered. His remarkable speech aside, Mr. Obama will be remembered for his incredible endorsement of Secretary Clinton. Mr. Biden’s speech meanwhile, left many wondering as to why the blue-collar champion did not seek the party’s nomination – such was the impact of his speech. On any other day, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s speech would’ve received great acclaim – but he was in the company of two extraordinary orators which, perhaps unfairly, lessened the impact of his well-crafted speech.

Day 4 was all about Secretary Clinton, and every other speech of the night was building towards her acceptance speech – which explains the shortage of star power. However, there were several standouts, particularly the speech by Mr. Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan. Mr. Khan’s public flaying of Mr. Trump became an instant national sensation, and will haunt Mr. Trump for a long time to come. In the final part of the evening, after a beautiful and intimate introduction speech by Chelsea Clinton - and an impressive introduction video - Secretary Clinton took to the stage to accept the party’s nomination. Her speech was not a flamboyant one, but its sincerity and conviction connected with the audience.

Despite repeated raucous chants of “USA! USA! USA!” heard throughout the convention, the Democratic Party has not embraced the nationalist sentiments fast spreading across the nation. Instead, the convention saw the Democratic Party going back to its roots as a center left party. The convention also released the Democratic Party’s most progressive platform in history – a testament of its shift to the left for the first time in about three decades.


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