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.


Day 2 of Dems in Philly: Hillary Nominated

Hillary Clinton made history today by becoming the first
woman to ever be the official nominee of one of the major
parties in America.

Clinton received  2,838 of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In a symbolic sign of party unity, primary opponent Bernie Sanders called the roll call.

“I move that 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

Clinton Celebrates Nomination

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.

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.

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.