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.

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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

Night 1 of the GOP Convention

After some turbulence on the convention floor over a rule fight earlier Monday, the night was ready for some big speeches.

First up, where two B (C?)-list celebrities: Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty and Scott Baio from Happy Days.

Vox.com wrote a perfect summary/analysis of their speeches:

 “This is exactly what Trump has been saying but not quite saying this whole campaign. Not that Barack Obama’s policies have led to an increase in Americans being killed by terrorists (more died under George W. Bush) or to an increase in the murder rate (it’s gone down) but to a loss of American identity. That the old America — the one before black presidents and same-sex marriage and political correctness — was the real America, and the new more tolerant and more open America is inauthentically American.”

The main speaker of the night was Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s wife. Melania has tried to stay out of this campaign as much as possible (Trump’s daughter Ivanka speaks much more often than her), but it’s traditional for possible First Ladies to speak during the convention.

Melania Trump did a a good job. That is, until the media realized that her speech sounded familiar. Very familiar.