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EarlG

(22,031 posts)
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 11:29 AM Jul 2016

DNC Day 1 Mega-Photo Recap!

Greetings from sunny Philadelphia! Skinner and I are here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection observing the festivities so each day we'll be trying to grab as many photos as we can from in and around the convention. We're posting most of these live on Instagram and Twitter, but for those of you who like it old-school we'll be doing a daily recap here on DU with a bit commentary. So without further ado...

Ready to hit the road.




It's only a short drive for us to Philadelphia, about two hours.




Welcome to Pennsylvania...




...and the Democratic National Convention 2016!




Here's the Wells Fargo arena where the main events are taking place -- all the roads are closed off around here.




That's okay though because our first port of call was the Convention Center downtown to pick up our media credentials. Our brilliant plan was to simply drive straight into the city and park the car. Madness you say? Apparently not! We managed to find street parking a block from the Convention Center.

Right outside the Convention Center we found one of the 57 donkeys representing each delegation on display around the city (although this is actually the only one we've seen so far).




Also hanging around here were a various assortment of weirdos, which is absolutely typical for a political convention like this.








Inside the Convention Center the security line moved pretty quickly...




...and before long, we had our credentials.








Also inside the Convention Center -- the actual Liberty Bell, designated as a "selfie spot"! Surprised that they let people get this close to it, and also I never knew that it was made out of plastic.




Credentials in hand, it was time to grab some lunch at Reading Terminal Market, which is quite the scene.






Time to head back to the car and drive to our hotel, but first the biggest news of the day so far: Skinner caught a Zubat!




And leveled up.




We drove to our hotel which is way out of town (but that's what you get for booking late). The good news is that it's way nicer than the craphole we stayed at in Charlotte.




The other bit of good news is that there's a media shuttle which runs down to the Wells Fargo arena every afternoon -- very convenient.




The Philadelphia skyline on the way in to the city.




The Wells Fargo arena is right next door to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.




This is where the road closures began and security became pretty intense. Fortunately our media bus got to go in through a back route.










It really was hot here yesterday. These poor security guards are sweltering under a tent.




Lots and lots of buses. These are for transporting delegates and media back into the downtown area (and elsewhere) once the convention is over for the night.




One quick trip through the metal detectors and we were at the front door.




...after passing by the Fox News trailer.




Our first order of business was to get our bearings and check out the sights and sounds of the arena. We were here pretty early -- the convention was about to be gaveled in -- so a lot of people were milling about.








The first of many fabulous hats.




This guy had "Trumpbusters" buttons all over him.




Media spotting: within a few minutes of each other we saw:

Alan Colmes...




Cenk Ugyur...




And Dan Rather.




Inside the hall itself it was still pretty quiet, but it was a good time to take a look around.








Would the person sitting in seat 3 please return and collect their fern (wtf?)




Marcia Fudge.




Barney Frank.




The center of this section is where the disruptive delegates were sitting. On television it probably sounded like the entire hall was interspersed with "booers" but in reality they were mostly grouped into a couple of small sections, the largest being behind and to the left of the stage. From where I was sitting it seemed like there were about 100 people doing the booing, which really wasn't that big of a deal by the end of the night when the hall was filled with 16,000 perfectly happy Democrats. However, in the early stages of the proceedings when the hall wasn't full they were able to make quite a bit of noise, and I assume that the media focused in on them a lot.




Outside the hall for a break, we snagged our first signs of the day.




Back inside, Ben Jealous got a good reception from the crowd.




Demi Lovato spoke on the need for improved mental health treatment.




Karla and Francisca Ortiz spoke on immigration.




The media booths around the inside of the hall. It's always fascinating to watch these -- you can see the pundits inside gabbing into the cameras, all sitting with their backs to the proceedings on stage.




Al Franken.




Disability rights advocate Anastasia Somoza gave an amazing speech destroying Donald Trump.




Paul Simon sang "Bridge Over Trouble Water"




At this point Skinner's phone battery was way low and I needed to stretch my legs, so I took a walk around outside the hall and grabbed a few random shots. Unfortunately I missed Cory Booker...








But managed to get back in time for Michelle!












She really brought the house down. In fact, all the prime time speakers did, including Elizabeth Warren...






And, of course, Bernie.










Back to the bus, ready to do it all again tomorrow!




Monday's swag total: not bad.




You can follow our updates live on Instagram and Twitter, and I'll post another recap thread tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

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DNC Day 1 Mega-Photo Recap! (Original Post) EarlG Jul 2016 OP
Love the MICHELLE sign! bluedye33139 Jul 2016 #1
Thanks EarlG! Love these pics. Enjoy the convention! Little Star Jul 2016 #2
Thanks. n/t FSogol Jul 2016 #3
Rec & Kick. Terrific pics! Thank you. MerryBlooms Jul 2016 #4
What a kick. Thank you so much. lamp_shade Jul 2016 #5
Great pictures. Thanks n/t michaz Jul 2016 #6
"Bloggers!" yallerdawg Jul 2016 #7
Great pics guys! workinclasszero Jul 2016 #8
Wow, this is so great. And thanks for adding context with the descriptors. RonniePudding Jul 2016 #9
Fantastic Saviolo Jul 2016 #10
Super cool etherealtruth Jul 2016 #11
Great photos TNNurse Jul 2016 #12
Awesome! Thanks for ... KPN Jul 2016 #13
Great photos! Thanks for sharing them. It's always nice when actual Democrats check in. LonePirate Jul 2016 #14
Wow! Thanks for this! DesertRat Jul 2016 #15
Pokemon Go??? BooScout Jul 2016 #16
... Jamaal510 Jul 2016 #47
great photos... sarae Jul 2016 #17
I almost feel like am there! sheshe2 Jul 2016 #18
That is just wonderful, EarlG! Sissyk Jul 2016 #19
K&R! gademocrat7 Jul 2016 #20
I have only two questions. rug Jul 2016 #21
wow Cenk Ugyur! yuiyoshida Jul 2016 #22
Awesome pics. longship Jul 2016 #23
And don't forget about the third crew member rocktivity Jul 2016 #24
I figure Elad must be REALLY ugly so they don't let us see him. (n/t) Jim Lane Jul 2016 #48
Very nice! How exciting to be a part of history. R B Garr Jul 2016 #25
Thank you! Fantastic photos Glorfindel Jul 2016 #26
Great pics angrychair Jul 2016 #27
Yet that is where the attention is this morning. KC Star headline on the front page: gratefultobelib Jul 2016 #32
k and r with deepest thanks for the wonderful pics, putting us right on the scene!! hope niyad Jul 2016 #28
Thanks for sharing PatSeg Jul 2016 #29
You guys are the bee's knees! Thanks so much. Can't wait for day 2 pics!!! Native Jul 2016 #30
Can I have the Michelle sign?....Please? hibbing Jul 2016 #31
Thank You, thank you, thank you...for sharing your journey with us! Stellar Jul 2016 #33
love, love, love.. mountain grammy Jul 2016 #34
Very, very cool ismnotwasm Jul 2016 #35
Love this! Thanks for sharing! Kali Jul 2016 #36
Thanks for the great convention coverage. FuzzyRabbit Jul 2016 #37
Thanks for posting "old school" style for those of us who don't Instagram or Tweet! Hekate Jul 2016 #38
I feel genuine love for you two when you posts these kinds of OPs aikoaiko Jul 2016 #39
Wonderful job, guys. Thanks. nt HelenWheels Jul 2016 #40
Excellent photos! greatauntoftriplets Jul 2016 #41
So cool that you're doing this. Thanks!!! Pacifist Patriot Jul 2016 #42
Wow, and thank you for the great photos and commentary! CaliforniaPeggy Jul 2016 #43
K&R! stonecutter357 Jul 2016 #44
I really enjoyed your "collection of weirdos" Maru Kitteh Jul 2016 #45
Wonderful! nt MADem Jul 2016 #46
I bet there were NO Michelle placards left behind in the convention hall. auntpurl Jul 2016 #49
Thanks for all the pics and commentary. montana_hazeleyes Jul 2016 #50
Enjoyed the pictures. The large one of Hillary has a touch of Japanese war-time art! Eleanors38 Jul 2016 #51
Thank you for an armchair tour! LuckyLib Jul 2016 #52
Where are the U.S. flags ?!?!? underpants Jul 2016 #53
Here's a sneak peek of tomorrow's recap EarlG Jul 2016 #61
Okay underpants Jul 2016 #64
you need to eat a whoopie pie! Beaverhausen Jul 2016 #65
What a wonderful view into yesterday. Hortensis Jul 2016 #54
Wonderful treestar Jul 2016 #55
Love our road trips! Bobbie Jo Jul 2016 #56
I always dig y'alls convention coverage. MadrasT Jul 2016 #57
K&R! red dog 1 Jul 2016 #58
Very cool, thanks for posting. Scuba Jul 2016 #59
Thanks for these! KT2000 Jul 2016 #60
awespme grea pictures proud patriot Jul 2016 #62
thank you! shireen Jul 2016 #63
Where can we get the Michelle sign? blueseas Jul 2016 #66
Thanks so much, guys! BlueMTexpat Jul 2016 #67
Thanks from an "old school" guy Bluzmann57 Jul 2016 #68
Awesome pic collection! Wednesdays Jul 2016 #69
This is great--it feels like we're there with you! SunSeeker Jul 2016 #70
Really great photos! flying_wahini Jul 2016 #71
really appreciate these pics Skittles Jul 2016 #72
Wonder what the story is behind the pine needles tawadi Jul 2016 #73
Thanks for making Philly look good. Even to those of us who live here. GoneOffShore Jul 2016 #74

TNNurse

(6,938 posts)
12. Great photos
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 11:51 AM
Jul 2016

But where are all the empty seats like at the GOP convention? Also there are no really meaningless "celebrities" speaking, what an idea.

sarae

(3,284 posts)
17. great photos...
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 11:56 AM
Jul 2016
The center of this section is where the disruptive delegates were sitting. On television it probably sounded like the entire hall was interspersed with "booers" but in reality they were mostly grouped into a couple of small sections, the largest being behind and to the left of the stage. From where I was sitting it seemed like there were about 100 people doing the booing, which really wasn't that big of a deal by the end of the night when the hall was filled with 16,000 perfectly happy Democrats. However, in the early stages of the proceedings when the hall wasn't full they were able to make quite a bit of noise, and I assume that the media focused in on them a lot.


Not to worry, the media did their best to record every single boo. But they seemed to be drowned out pretty thoroughly by the end of the night.

rocktivity

(44,588 posts)
24. And don't forget about the third crew member
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 12:14 PM
Jul 2016

Last edited Wed Jul 27, 2016, 08:19 PM - Edit history (1)

who is playing Michael Collins to their Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin -- Elad, keeping the DU cyber-home fires burning!


rocktivity

R B Garr

(17,026 posts)
25. Very nice! How exciting to be a part of history.
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 12:18 PM
Jul 2016

Great idea to get the swag picture! Great pictures all around.

angrychair

(8,767 posts)
27. Great pics
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 12:20 PM
Jul 2016

And I appreciate the confirmation that I was correct is my assessment, from the beginning, that this group of dissenters is small and minor to the atmosphere and energy of the overall convention.

gratefultobelib

(1,591 posts)
32. Yet that is where the attention is this morning. KC Star headline on the front page:
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 12:58 PM
Jul 2016

"Email furor dogs event's opener."

niyad

(114,178 posts)
28. k and r with deepest thanks for the wonderful pics, putting us right on the scene!! hope
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 12:23 PM
Jul 2016

you are both having a fabulous, amazing time. looking forward to all of them

and thanks for thinking of those of us who really are old school.

hibbing

(10,120 posts)
31. Can I have the Michelle sign?....Please?
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 12:55 PM
Jul 2016

She was soooooooooooooooooo amazing, gosh I love her. I can't imagine being there for that one, it was one of the most emotional ones I have seen in a long time.


Peace

Stellar

(5,644 posts)
33. Thank You, thank you, thank you...for sharing your journey with us!
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 01:00 PM
Jul 2016

I feel as though I was right there, thank you!

mountain grammy

(26,693 posts)
34. love, love, love..
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 01:06 PM
Jul 2016

nothing but love.. started watching at 5pm Mountain time and never stopped except to go get a pizza.

Looking forward to the Colorado delegation announcing my vote for Bernie Sanders, and then a unanimous convention for Hillary.. Fascism must be defeated and Democrats are the last stand. I wouldn't be surprised to see armed militias guarding voting booths and intimidating voters, as the American press and police remain silent.

FuzzyRabbit

(1,971 posts)
37. Thanks for the great convention coverage.
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 01:21 PM
Jul 2016

Good photos and comments, makes me feel like I am there. Keep up the fine work.

CaliforniaPeggy

(149,907 posts)
43. Wow, and thank you for the great photos and commentary!
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 01:51 PM
Jul 2016

I know you're having a blast and so are we as we look over your shoulders!

Maru Kitteh

(28,352 posts)
45. I really enjoyed your "collection of weirdos"
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 02:06 PM
Jul 2016


Well done and AWESOME photographs. So great of you guys to share with us!

auntpurl

(4,311 posts)
49. I bet there were NO Michelle placards left behind in the convention hall.
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 02:49 PM
Jul 2016

I'd love to have one myself.

underpants

(183,160 posts)
53. Where are the U.S. flags ?!?!?
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 03:20 PM
Jul 2016

Sorry saw that nonsense meme on Facebook and then actually heard it on TV.

EarlG

(22,031 posts)
61. Here's a sneak peek of tomorrow's recap
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 05:07 PM
Jul 2016


It's me, in Philadelphia, about to eat an apple pie, in front of an American flag.

BlueMTexpat

(15,379 posts)
67. Thanks so much, guys!
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 07:18 PM
Jul 2016

YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

And Elad's pretty darn awesome himself too!

Thanks for being our eyes and ears!

Bluzmann57

(12,336 posts)
68. Thanks from an "old school" guy
Tue Jul 26, 2016, 09:04 PM
Jul 2016

Great pics. But one small quibble. There should have been an upraised finger rather a thumbs down at the fox "news" van.

flying_wahini

(6,749 posts)
71. Really great photos!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 03:46 AM
Jul 2016

Looks like an adventure of a lifetime!
So happy that you got to go and we can be a part of it all.
Soak it all up and stay away from the weirdo's!

tawadi

(2,110 posts)
73. Wonder what the story is behind the pine needles
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:08 PM
Jul 2016

Symbolism: Birth, Abundance, Health, Fertility, Fortune, Love?


GoneOffShore

(17,346 posts)
74. Thanks for making Philly look good. Even to those of us who live here.
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 06:10 PM
Jul 2016

And you went to Beiler's Donuts! Yay!

If you get the chance go to Federal Donuts - get the fried chicken and donuts. Your arteries will thank you.

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