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(22,031 posts)
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 03:27 PM Jul 2016

DNC Day 2 Mega-Photo Recap!

Welcome to day 2 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia! If you missed our mega photo recap from Day 1, you can see it here.

We began by traveling downtown once again to pick up our credentials from the Convention Center.

Where there was plenty more wackiness on display!

Credentials secured, it was time for another quick trip to Reading Terminal Market. Mmmm.... donuts.

We'd heard that the Republicans were complaining about the lack of patriotism on display at the DNC, so I figured that a picture of me holding an apple pie in front of an American flag in the center of Philadelphia ought to redress the balance.

We'd spent much of Monday getting our bearings, but now we had a better idea of what was going on we decided we had time to do a bit of sightseeing before heading to the arena. We walked from the Convention Center in the direction of Independence Hall, which took us through Chinatown...

Past this cool tunnel roof...

And the Philadelphia African American museum...

Right before we got to Independence Hall we came across the National Constitution Center where they're holding part of a citywide event about American history and politics called PoliticalFest.

We decided to stop by and take a look inside.

They had a really great museum inside with a number of interactive exhibits, and, well, we just couldn't resist.

Skinner with the Liberty Tree Eagle

High five Michelle!

I have no idea what this is, but it's super-weird.

I am not a crook!

This pretty much speaks for itself.

Who's your favorite president?

Hillary is 45!

On this wall anyone could stick a post-it note describing the first thing they would do if they were president -- very cool.

I'm not even going to comment on this.

Bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

We found another donkey! Rhode Island this time. Only 55 more to go...

Back outside, we stumbled upon the (empty) MSNBC stage.

And across the way, Independence Hall.

Finally, the real Liberty Bell this time.

Wy didn't anyone tell us there was DLC transportation??? We could have been riding around in this all week!!!!1111

Time to head over to the Wells Fargo arena, but on the way back through the Convention Center we ran into James Clyburn just hanging out giving a speech.

After travelling over to the arena we decided to take a bit more of a look round, and discovered a ton of stuff that we didn't even realize was there yesterday. Here's Skinner with Dr. J.

And the CNN Grill. We tried to get in here but you needed an invitation. We didn't have one. The nice lady at the door asked if we knew anyone at CNN, and Skinner said, "Umm... only the people I see on my television." Needless to say we did not get in.

So we went into the arena. First media spot of the day: Clarence Page

Once again there were plenty of crazy sights to see inside the arena. Here's Uncle Sam (ish)...

And I have no idea what is going on here.

Just around the corner there was a major media scrum going on.

It was Jill Stein, who had somehow obtained credentials and was causing a general ruckus.

A bunch of security showed up and started walking her off... I thought they were actually going to kick her out.

But no, they were just escorting her back over to her chums at Fox News. Guess that's how she got in.

Our credentials for Tuesday only allowed one of us to get inside the hall itself, so while I was chasing someone who will never be president around the concourse...

...Skinner was inside the room witnessing history!

I decided this would be a good time to do some people watching, so I did some laps of the ground floor of the arena. This was where all the delegates were going in and out of the hall, so it was a great place to see folks like...

Jerry Springer

E.J. Dionne

Tom Harkin

Sander and Carl Levin

John Lewis

Elijah Cummings

Al Franken (The conversation went like this: Me: "Senator Franken! Senator Franken! Can I get a quick picture with you?" Senator Franken: "Not right now.&quot

Meanwhile Skinner stayed inside the hall and caught a bunch of great speeches by:

Terry McAuliffe

Jimmy Carter (video message)

Eric Holder

Mothers of the Movement

Howard Dean

I decided to see what was going on outside the arena.

This guy was feeling the Bern big time:

There's a large media tent outside the arena. I think this area had been occupied by protesters earlier in the day, but there was nothing going on when I got there.

The Univision treat truck seemed popular.

Back at the CNN Grill, which was actually a good spot to hang out.

So while Skinner was inside the hall watching Bill Clinton...

I was hanging out at the bar watching the Big Dog on the big screen.

At the bar I made friends with members of the Arizona delegation -- this is AZ Democratic Party Executive Director Sheila Healy and AZ State Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs.

They were totally awesome and very generously invited us to a party along with members of their delegation.

Actual exchange: Me to Arizona State. Rep. Ken Clark: "Hello! We've been invited to join your party." Ken: "Oh really? Which party do you belong to currently?" Me: "Uh... no, your party over at Ladder 15."

And the rest was history!

Ow, my head! More coming tomorrow! 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 2 Mega-Photo Recap! (Original Post) EarlG Jul 2016 OP
Hi EarlG! Thanks for the pics! Can you please take one moment auntpurl Jul 2016 #1
Fun! NurseJackie Jul 2016 #2
Awesome stuff! n/t cynatnite Jul 2016 #3
Fantastic pictures! Lisa D Jul 2016 #4
The Springer picture is a bit, er, cheeky. Scuba Jul 2016 #5
Sounds like a great time, despite your lack of credentials. greatauntoftriplets Jul 2016 #6
These are great! Bobbie Jo Jul 2016 #7
Just like being there with you! yallerdawg Jul 2016 #8
Bravo! sheshe2 Jul 2016 #9
Awesome guys! workinclasszero Jul 2016 #10
Your sig line is unfair to communists. liberalnarb Jul 2016 #38
What a great recap! So, Jill Stein came in with Fox News! LisaM Jul 2016 #11
That jumped out at me too DFW Jul 2016 #23
Rec & Kick. Love it! MerryBlooms Jul 2016 #12
Very cool! DesertRat Jul 2016 #13
Wow!! It's almost like being there!! ailsagirl Jul 2016 #14
Great pics. Stay away from DLC transportation. Barack_America Jul 2016 #15
Fun and funny pictures! Glad to see John Lewis... Phentex Jul 2016 #16
Fabulous! ismnotwasm Jul 2016 #17
Fantastic pics and storytelling! R B Garr Jul 2016 #18
we are a hospitable bunch Kali Jul 2016 #19
"holding an apple pie in front of an American flag in the center of Philadelphia" rug Jul 2016 #20
Great Pictures, even better captions sharp_stick Jul 2016 #21
Admit it. You followed the instructions on that guy's shirt and "burned one for Bernie", didn'tja Warren DeMontague Jul 2016 #22
Lol. Wonderful. You are also cordially invited Hortensis Jul 2016 #24
Great pics! Spazito Jul 2016 #25
you guys in presidential portraits - LOL! KT2000 Jul 2016 #26
Love em all.. keep them coming.. mountain grammy Jul 2016 #27
K&R awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #28
Heh. Nothing "like" about it. It is a fetish. Rather like complaints that.... Moonwalk Jul 2016 #32
That's sound right... awoke_in_2003 Jul 2016 #34
Lol, love the addition to Nadar! PeaceNikki Jul 2016 #29
Why the fuck is Jill Stein at the Dem convention?! SunSeeker Jul 2016 #30
Great photos and captions. Apple pie and the flag! Eagle perching on spooky3 Jul 2016 #31
Impressive!! Sissyk Jul 2016 #33
Great work! 2naSalit Jul 2016 #35
missed opportunity! JusticeForAll Jul 2016 #36
Elijah Cummings! shireen Jul 2016 #37
Cool pics. Calista241 Jul 2016 #39
Love all the pics and comments! BlueMTexpat Jul 2016 #40
Thank You..Thank You ...Thank You amuse bouche Jul 2016 #41
Still loving this! hibbing Jul 2016 #42
K&R! Love the photos, guys! Thanks so much! Rhiannon12866 Jul 2016 #43
K&R nt NCTraveler Jul 2016 #44
K&R Cali_Democrat Jul 2016 #45
Party on, AZ! Raster Jul 2016 #46
K&R! stonecutter357 Jul 2016 #47
Fantastic voteearlyvoteoften Jul 2016 #48
I missed this one....I gotta say, EarlG, these updates really were wonderful. MADem Aug 2016 #49


(4,311 posts)
1. Hi EarlG! Thanks for the pics! Can you please take one moment
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 03:29 PM
Jul 2016

and pin Pacifist Patriot's thread with the Whitehouse.gov petition to deny Trump security briefings to the top of GD:16? I know we don't normally have pinned threads, but I think every DUer should see this. Would you consider it?



(175,786 posts)
6. Sounds like a great time, despite your lack of credentials.
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 03:40 PM
Jul 2016

So what happens in Philadelphia stays in Philadelphia?


(54,588 posts)
23. That jumped out at me too
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:44 PM
Jul 2016

Was that for real? I don't recall Fox Noise trying to get her into the RNC in Cleveland........


(22,922 posts)
14. Wow!! It's almost like being there!!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:17 PM
Jul 2016

Thanks so much for the excellent (& sometimes funny) photos and the accompanying captions!!!


(28,876 posts)
15. Great pics. Stay away from DLC transportation.
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:19 PM
Jul 2016

They only make right-hand turns and never get you where you want to go.


(14,400 posts)
21. Great Pictures, even better captions
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:39 PM
Jul 2016

I wish I could be there to hang out with you two. It sounds like a great time.

Warren DeMontague

(80,708 posts)
22. Admit it. You followed the instructions on that guy's shirt and "burned one for Bernie", didn'tja
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:39 PM
Jul 2016

how else, to explain this.


(58,785 posts)
24. Lol. Wonderful. You are also cordially invited
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:50 PM
Jul 2016

to (re)join your party here asap. Love your reports.


(20,618 posts)
26. you guys in presidential portraits - LOL!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 04:52 PM
Jul 2016

save those for your grandchildren!
Thanks for the pics and commentary.
Franken must know about DU - next time yell that out and see if it changes things. Bet it will.


(2,322 posts)
32. Heh. Nothing "like" about it. It is a fetish. Rather like complaints that....
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:15 PM
Jul 2016

...liberals are taking away Christmas. Conservatives are obsessed with the object representing the thing rather than the thing (Christmas rather than helping the poor at Christmas, flag-pins rather than helping out wounded veterans, etc.) Its an easy propaganda sell: "If they don't have the thing, they don't believe in it. If they have it in excess, they do."

And it allows conservative Americans to be lazy. All they have to do to prove patriotism is wave/wear flags--they don't have to actually *do* anything to show that they're patriotic.

Still, we all know that DNC could be tented in the flag and everyone on stage could be wearing a flag cape, pins, hats and underwear, and they'd still be accused of too few flags.


(51,898 posts)
30. Why the fuck is Jill Stein at the Dem convention?!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:07 PM
Jul 2016

I see she is letting herself be used by Fox News. She is nothing but a tool of the right wing at this point.


(34,559 posts)
31. Great photos and captions. Apple pie and the flag! Eagle perching on
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:12 PM
Jul 2016

Skinner's arm! Clinton logo on the cellphone/ballot! Hard to choose a favorite.

Thanks for taking the time for us.


(1,222 posts)
36. missed opportunity!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:32 PM
Jul 2016

Omg... You both are my heroes (member since 2001) and I am part of the AZ delegation AND was at Ladder15 last night and had no idea you both were there... Come hang with us at the Arizona Penns Landing afterparty tonight!

Enjoy and Take care!


(8,333 posts)
37. Elijah Cummings!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 05:41 PM
Jul 2016

A wonderful man!

Thanks for the photos. They were great!
I really liked that wall where people posted notes of what they'd do if they were president. My favorite: end poverty.


(15,379 posts)
40. Love all the pics and comments!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 07:43 PM
Jul 2016

Thanks so much ... these reports are probably the most informative and fun of all!


(10,120 posts)
42. Still loving this!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 09:57 PM
Jul 2016

I love the behind the scenes action. Hope you weren't too hungover!

Keep posting pics please!



(207,433 posts)
43. K&R! Love the photos, guys! Thanks so much!
Wed Jul 27, 2016, 10:58 PM
Jul 2016

Looks like you're having an amazing time! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us! We're having fun right along with you!


(135,425 posts)
49. I missed this one....I gotta say, EarlG, these updates really were wonderful.
Mon Aug 1, 2016, 05:31 PM
Aug 2016

Thanks for taking the time to drag us along, virtually speaking.

It looked like a great time!

It didn't look too shabby from right in front of my TV, either--what a memorable convention!

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