Day 4 of the Dems in Philly: Hillary’s Coronation

Thursday night Hillary Clinton officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president.

I know this has been said over and over, but her being the first female nominee was a major moment in American history. And journalistical objectivity aside, as a woman, it felt great to watch.

Embracing that she is the first woman is also so much stronger than when they tried everybody to make it forget eight years ago.

“When there are no ceilings, the sky is the limit.”- HRC

Hillary was in full attack mode against Donald Trump, but also repeatedly emphasized that she wants to be a president of unity – for all “Democrats, Republicans and Independents.”

Before Hillary took to the stage (and before she was introduced via a video produced by none other than Shonda Rhimes), her daughter Chelsea spoke.

Chelsea did a good job of humanizing her mother, who often appears hard to relate to thanks to living under Secret Service protection for the last decades. And boy, who knew how much Chelsea liked dinosaurs.

Given that Donald Trump has recently criticized the military, it gave the Dems and Hillary the unique opportunity to show nationalism and defend the military and veterans. A retired 4-star general gave a speech more fitting two the Republican convention.

And then there was a touching but forceful attack against Donald Trump by a muslim father whose son – an Army caiptan – died in Iraq.

 

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New Yorkers Party While They Watch Day 2 of Dems in Philly

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A couple hundred New Yorkers cheered and partied Tuesday night at the Ainsworth hotel next door to the Empire State Building while they watched Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention.

There was an elderly lady shouting, “We made history. It’s awesome.” Clinton staffers signing up people to volunteer. Applause when the current president took to the stage (albeit a fictional one, President Grant from Scandal). Boos during a Trump commercial in the break.

Silence when the “Mothers of the Movement” talked about their dead children – from Eric Garner to Trayvon Martin. And cheers for Lena Dunham, when she reminded everybody that “22 years ago, Hillary Clinton said, ‘Women’s rights are human rights.'”

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Theater director Mark has been a Clinton volunteer since the beginning. For the special occasion he sported a t-shirt with the names of famous first ladies – and one future first gentleman.

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Most of the party guests were volunteers, who came to watch Hillary’s nomination with like minded friends.

“What is great when you volunteer is that you are in a room full with other Hillary supporters,” said experienced phone-banker James to the cheers of the crowd. “I met some of the most amazing people. I will be friends with them for all my life,” he added.

Day 1 of Dems in Philly: Michelle Rocked

After they banned Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from gaveling in the Democratic National Convention, Day 1 in Philly still managed to become the party unity fiesta Democrats had envisioned.

Cory Booker was the first of many prime time speakers. And although many say, his speech could have been cut in half, he energized the delegates with his rousing attack on Donald Trump.

The undisputed star of the evening was Michelle Obama, who captured the audience with a heartfelt speech and gave Melania Trump(‘s speechwriters) plenty of material to work with.

The First Lady’s speech weaved together the political with her family’s story.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my two black daughters playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Because of Hillary, my daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

And without ever mentioning his name, she delivered a perfect takedown of Trump’s signature line.

“Don’t let someone tell you this country isn’t great — that we need to make it great again. Because, right now, this country is the greatest country on Earth.

Progressive darling Elizabeth Warren didn’t particularly stand out, but following Michelle Obama’s emotional speech would have been difficult for anyone.

And then it was Bernie’s time.

While much of his speech did sound like his usual stump, Bernie did make it clear for one and all times that he wants Hillary to beat Trump.

“Any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.”

As far as the speeches went, the Dems succeeded in showing party unity.

But it might take a while until the delegates come on board – many fervent Bernie supported booed every time Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned.

Events: Dems Convention Watch Party

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It’s Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia – and just like last week’s counterpart, the Dems had their first scandal before the Convention even really started.

Debbie Wassermai-Schultz – the outgoing DNC chairwoman – was booed over the leaked DNC emails, and will not officially open the convention.

Stay tuned for more drama and excitement during the next couple of days – when Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bill Clinton take the stage.

If you want to watch the DNC convention together with friends, there are a couple of Watch Parties here in New York.


Official Campaign Watch Party

The Ainsworth
45 E 33rd St, New York 10016

“Join Hillary for America staff and supporters on Tuesday, July 26th to cheer on our party at the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday’s Convention theme is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families,” in honor of the work Secretary Clinton has done throughout her career, including as Senator of New York. We invite New Yorkers to gather and demonstrate to the nation the support our candidate has in her home state! We’ll also have a pop-up shop with official Hillary for America gear at the party!” 


The NYC Political Forum

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
Murray Hill / Kips Bay area – address after RSVP

“As the disgruntled Sanders supporters lukewarmly stay on the sidelines — or even perhaps wish for a raucous convention fight — the “18-million cracks in the glass ceiling” will finally shatter in a televised broadcast. PLUS, the sudden resignation of the DNC Chair, DWS, adds more fuel to the fire in the ongoing drama between the Clinton and Sanders camps. “

Disclaimer: The NYCPF does not endorse any candidates or parties.

RSVP via Meetup


Hillary Happy Hours LGBT DNC Acceptance Speech Watch Party

Thursday, July 28, 6:30 PM
Rise Bar, 859 9th Avenue, New York 10019

“Join Hillary Happy Hours for the historic last night of the Democratic National Convention when we will gather to watch Hillary Clinton accept the nomination for President of the United States. Bring all your friends, whether they supported Hillary, Bernie, or nobody, and get inspired and engaged to stop Trump and Pence in November. Enjoy 2-4-1 drink specials and the best LGBT Hillary crowd anywhere.”

$ 20, RSVP here


Williamsburg Democratic Nomination Party

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
80 Meserole Street, Apt 4D, Brooklyn, New York 11206

“Brooklyn Roof Party and Fund-Raiser for Hillary for America, the DSCC, and the DCCC. We are asking folks to write three checks one for each committee in Williamsburg, NY.” 

RSVP at jonathan.felch@gmail.com


Idealists4Hillary DNC Watch Party

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar, 225 West 4th Street, New York 10014

“Join Idealists4Hillary as Hillary Clinton makes history and accepts the Democratic nomination!”


Nomination Night Live Stream VIP Party

Thursday, July 28, 6:00 PM
Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St,  New York 10036

Official campaign event
“Please Join Challen Hodson, Wayne Farmer, Katy McCarthy, Dave Renz and Matthew Tollin (The Team Behind Hillarymoji) for an evening of festivities and merriment and become a part of history. We will be live streamed into the Democratic National Convention to join our fellow Democrats in nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States.”

$ 45 – $ 250, RSVP here


Astoria for Hillary Watch Party at ICON!

ICON, 31-84 33rd Street, Astoria, New York 11106

“Come to ICON to show your support for the next president of the United States! Whatever your political affiliation is, we welcome you to this event with no cover. ICON will have great frozen drinks, $5 drink specials, and FREE SHOTS ALL NIGHT! Talk about a warm weclome! We will watch coverage of the DNC on 4 HD flat screens with a stellar surround sound system. At ICON, we support Hillary and her strong support for the LGBT, Greek, Hispanic and immigrant community of Western Queens.”


Rachel’s Octo-Annual Democratic Convention Party

Thursday, July 30, 7:00 PM
New York – address after RSVP

Official Hillary Clinton campaign event, two days after the convention.

“Celebrate electoral politics and the Democratic National Convention with a night of politically themed videos, games, Zach’s famously difficult American politics quiz, the wine icecream Hillary Clinton helped to invent at a New York state business event (true story), and general hilarity.”

$ 20 – $ 100, RSVP here

Finally: Bernie Endorsed Hillary

So it finally happened. Five weeks after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee, her opponent Bernie Sanders has conceded and officially endorsed her.

In his speech, Sanders thanked his supporters and vowed to make certain Clinton becomes the next president of the United Staes.

“I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

The endorsement came after weeklong negotiations between the two camps over the Democratic platform. There is a lot to be said about the possibility that Sanders lost political capital by waiting too long. After Elizabeth Warren followed President Obama in endorsing Hillary, the progressive darling attracted much attention away from Sanders.

And the fact that it took Sanders five full weeks to endorse Clinton is in stark contrast to Clinton herself – who started campaign for Obama only four days after her loss in 2008.

 

 

Clinton Celebrates Nomination

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Clinton’s supporters were well aware of the historic moment. Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Hillary Clinton made history on Tuesday night, declaring herself the nominee of the Democratic Party – the first time in history that a woman became the presumptive nominee of one of the major parties.

Eight years ago to the day after Clinton gave her concession speech to Barack Obama – where she famously said that the “glass ceiling” of sexism had “about 18 million cracks in it” – it was her moment to shine.

In an anti-climatic moment, the Associated Press had already called the race for Clinton on Monday (thanks to super delegates), but by Tuesday night she had also won the majority of pledged delegates.

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Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Clinton spoke at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the same spot where she debated Bernie Sanders in April.

In her victory speech, the former first lady made many references to the historical nature of her nomination. (Watch the full speech here.)

“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible. In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls, in 1848. When a small but determined group of women, and men, came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called the Declaration of Sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.”

The celebratory Clinton also – once again – embraced the supporters of Sen. Sanders, asking them to “remember all that unites us” in the upcoming battle with Donald Trump.

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Shirley Liu and Elizabeth Lucy were excited to hear Clinton speak. Photo © Elizabeth Lucy
Clinton celebrated together with many of her supporters and volunteers in her home state of New York.

“There was no way I was going to miss this moment in history,” said Elizabeth Lucy, a Brooklyn volunteer. “This is probably the most historical event I’ll ever experience in my lifetime. I can’t wait to tell the grandkids!”

With Bernie Sanders still in the race, Hillary Clinton won’t be the official nominee until the Democratic convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.

AP: Hillary Clinton Presumptive Nominee

Late Monday night – on a day when no state voted – the Associated Press called the Democratic race. According to their calculations Hillary Clinton reached the necessary 2,383 delegated and is now the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Monday morning, Clinton was still missing 23 delegates, but the AP spent the day calling super delegates and upped her total delegate count.

Hillary Clinton is the first women to ever win the nomination of a major political party.

While the AP called the race, Clinton’s team was fast to point to the six remaining races today – don’t want voters to stay home only because they think it’s over, after all.

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New York Times Endorses Clinton

The New York Times editorial board endorses Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination. The board announced their decision on January, 30, just two days before the Iowa caucus.

 “Hillary Clinton would be the first woman nominated by a major party. She served as a senator from a major state (New York) and as secretary of state — not to mention her experience on the national stage as first lady with her brilliant and flawed husband, President Bill Clinton. The Times editorial board has endorsed her three times for federal office — twice for Senate and once in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary — and is doing so again with confidence and enthusiasm.”

[New York Times]