“What happened in this city 240 years ago still has something to teach us today…”
One of those lessons? It took over 240 years to get a woman to the top of the ticket of a major political party. But we’re finally here. Whether you agree with Hillary Clinton’s positions or not, you can’t help but pause and marvel at the history made with her nomination.
“We’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union…”
JUST IN: Hillary Clinton: “I accept your nomination for president of the United States.” pic.twitter.com/bnOLOlhw4t
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 29, 2016
The DNC had a policy and celebrity-filled week. Donald Trump promised the drama but minus the #TedWedding, the democrats’ convention had him beat.
Here are some of our favorite highlights from the Democratic National Convention:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ Painful Ejection from Festivities
What’s that you hear? That’s DWS pacing in her office wondering how this week went wrong. After years of serving as DNC chair, calls for Schultz’ resignation grew too loud to be ignored after WikiLeaks, well, leaked emails of staff members “plotting against” Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign. This week was meant to be a proper farewell tour for her before officially stepping down, but the deafening roars of her detractors cut it short.
Bye, Bye Bernie
If the heckling of guest speakers were to be any indication, you might get a little worried that the Bernie of Bust subset of the senator’s supporters was the majority of his fans. You’d be wrong. In fact, a July NBC/WSJ poll found that 76% of Sanders supporters said they’d vote for Clinton and 11% said they’ve go for Trump.
And as Sarah Silverman so aptly put it:
Our veep is beloved for his irreverent disposition but this country will certainly miss his heartfelt appeals to the ideals of this country.
“That’s why, that’s why I can say with absolute conviction, I am more optimistic about our chances today than when I was elected as a 29 year old kid to the Senate. The 21st century is going to be the American century.”
POTUS’ Convention Swan Song
It was 12 years to the day that President Obama stepped on the stage at the DNC in Denver, looked us all in the eye and said, “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America.”
He returned to those sensibilities last night when he separated the fear mongering rhetoric of Donald Trump from the rest of the Republican Party.
“But what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican – and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems – just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.
And that is not the America I know.
The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous.”
Michelle Obama’s Heartfelt Ode to America
We saved the best for last. Michelle Obama is the represents so much for so many people and carries that responsibility with such grace and aplomb. FLOTUS had the speech of the convention. The speech is full of wisdom but the line that stayed with us the longest is this:
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves — (applause) — and I watch my daughters –- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women –- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters –- and all our sons and daughters -– now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States.”
Check it out for yourself:
The general election was already in gear but it’s officially in overdrive now – the first debate is set for Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/zTgGmMfHQg
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 29, 2016