Democratic National Convention Day 2 Recap - July 26, 2016
In days, weeks and months to come, most people’s memory of the second day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be of Bill Clinton’s moving speech, which has once again reaffirmed his status as one of the greatest orators in American political history. The Wells Fargo Center erupted into pandemonium when the 42nd President of the United States walked up to the stage just little after 10 p.m., and from his opening line - “In the spring of 1971 I met a girl…” - he held the audience in rapt attention for the next 45 minutes.
“There are a lot of young adults in America who have no idea Hillary had anything to do with it who are enjoying better lives because they were in that program. She did all this while being a full-time worker, a mother and enjoying our life. Why? Well, she’s insatiably curious, she’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” – Bill Clinton
Of course, there were numerous other highlights during the preceding six hours. Like at 4.45 p.m., when U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland gave powerful nominating speeches to Sen. Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton respectively.
“People have asked me how a somewhat frumpy and sometimes grumpy 70-year-old could become the voice for millions, connecting seamlessly with laborers from the Rust Belt and environmentalists in the West. The answer lies in his aloha: in his deep love for others and Mother Earth. As Bernie said, "The truth is, when you hurt, when your children hurt, I hurt. And when my kids hurt, you hurt." This is a movement of love.” – Tulsi Gabbard
“She’ll work hard for you. She’ll fight for your day-to-day needs and the long-range needs of the country. She’ll fight for the macro issues and the macaroni and cheese issues. So you’ll have national security and economic security. So you will have an opportunity to have a good job in a good neighborhood with a good school. And your kids will have a really good future.” - Barbara Mikulski
Or like at 6.20 p.m. when Sen. Sanders graciously requested the party to suspend the roll call vote early and officially give Secretary Clinton the nomination – reminiscent of what she did in 2008 for then-Sen. Barack Obama.
"Madam Chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States." – Bernie Sanders
The roll call was not only important to formalize the nomination of Secretary Hillary, but it also allowed the delegates to show their appreciation of Sen. Sanders – none more so than the teary-eyed tribute from his own brother, Larry.
“I want to read before this convention the names of our parents, Eli Sanders and Dorothy Glassberg Sanders. They did not have easy lives and they died young. They would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments. They loved him. They loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision. It’s with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.” – Larry Sanders
Actor and producer Elizabeth Banks also gave a great account of herself as the host of the evening - though critics are still divided whether she managed to pull off the Donald-entrance. She also produced a cover version of Rachel Platten’s huge hit, Fight Song, for Secretary Clinton, which features numerous well known celebrities such Jane Fonda, Mandy Moore, John Michael Higgins and Jaime King, Connie Britton, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and many others. It’s making it rounds quickly around the social media.
“And I’m America Ferrera and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.
You’re not Mexican.
And President Obama isn’t Kenyan, but that hasn’t stopped Donald.” - America Ferrera and Lena Dunham
There were many other memorable speeches throughout the evening by elected officials, personal friends, celebrities and activists - some heartwarming, and a few hard-hitting. But in terms of drawing the loudest cheers from the delegates in attendance, the speeches by the former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean and a very excited three-time Academy Awards winner Meryl Streep were the clear favorites.
“We need a president whose decisions are rooted in facts. We need a president who will defend our interests around the world — not with ignorant bluster and bombast, but with toughness and resolve. We need a president who will ensure that the wealthiest among us play by the same rules as hardworking, middle-class Americans. And yes, we need a president who will never stop fighting to ensure that universal health care is a basic human right.” – Howard Dean
Secretary Clinton also made a quick appearance just before the end via a live video feed from New York. The standing ovation she received from almost everyone in the Wells Fargo Center shows that calls for party unity have sunk in, and the Democratic fractures are almost mended.
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