Bill Clinton for the Epic Win
DNC Night Two: Bill Clinton in the House
DNC Night One: Diversity Rocks
Did you notice the diversity in the crowd at #DNC? The USA is called a melting pot for a reason. Beautiful!— Nichelle Nichols (@RealNichelle) September 7, 2012
POLL: Race Close Among Voters Without Working Televisions #DNC— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) September 7, 2012
Gabby Giffords Leads the Pledge of Allegiance
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The Foo Fighters
Mary J. Blige
Rep. John Lewis, Georgia
Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back? Or do you want to keep America moving forward? My dear friends, your vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union. Not too long ago, people stood in unmovable lines. They had to pass a so-called literacy test, pay a poll tax. On one occasion, a man was asked to count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap. On another occasion, one was asked to count the jelly beans in a jar—all to keep them from casting their ballots.
Today it is unbelievable that there are Republican officials still trying to stop some people from voting. They are changing the rules, cutting polling hours and imposing requirements intended to suppress the vote. The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania House even bragged that his state's new voter ID law is "gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state." That's not right. That's not fair. That's not just.
Full Transcript of John Lewis's Speech Here
Actress Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington
Scarlett Johansson & Kerry Washington Urge Democrats To Get Out The Vote bit.ly/ToA5Af— mixx.io política (@mixxio_politica) September 7, 2012
"I was so excited, I wore my 'I voted' pin all day"—Scarlett Johansson at #DNC2012 on voting for the first time— Students for Obama (@Students4Obama) September 6, 2012
Scarlett Johansson is no Clint Eastwood.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 6, 2012
"You may not be thinking about politics, but politics is thinking about you." - Kerry Washington #DNC2012— BlackVoices (@blackvoices) September 6, 2012
“Barack Obama doesn’t just do what’s easy. He does what’s hard. He does what’s right.”—Caroline Kennedy #DNC2012— Obama 2012 (@Obama2012) September 7, 2012
"This year alone, more than a 12 states passed more than 40 restrictions on women's access to reproductive health care."-Caroline Kennedy— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) September 7, 2012
Caroline Kennedy: "As a Catholic woman, I take reproductive health seriously, and today, it is under attack."— Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc) September 7, 2012
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (Michigan)
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In your car & on your ballot, the D is for Drive forward & the R is for Reverse. And in this election, we're driving forward, not back!— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) September 7, 2012
Jennifer Granholm: "In Romney's world, the cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft." Not a bad line. #msnbc2012— msnbc (@msnbc) September 7, 2012
"We secretly switched Jennifer Granholm's decaf with Folger's Triple-Caffeinated Crystals"— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) September 7, 2012
Video: Jennifer Granholm’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is more Hopenchangehotair.com/archives/2012/…— Moira Fitzgerald (@Moira1987) September 7, 2012
Holy cow. Was Jennifer Granholm drunk when she gave her speech?It was kind of hilarious. buzzfeed.com/dorsey/jennife…— Joe Fairbanks (@SnakeBucket) September 7, 2012
Former Gov. Charlie Crist, Jr. (Florida)
"I didn't leave the Republican party. It left me." -- Charlie Crist. #dnc2012— The Fix (@TheFix) September 7, 2012
Charlie Crist hails Obama's stimulus, calls GOP too extreme - Political Hotsheet - CBS News cbsnews.com/8301-503544_16…— Neil (@NPSusa) September 7, 2012
"As my friend Jeb Bush recently noted, Reagan himself would have been too moderate and too reasonable for today's GOP. " - Charlie Crist— Eric Jotkoff (@Eric_Jotkoff) September 7, 2012
Sen. John Kerry (Massachusetts)
John Kerry DNC speech (text) - Politico Staff fb.me/DYk8xWeE— The Christian Left (@TheChristianLft) September 7, 2012
It isn't fair to say Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan. He has every position.
He was against setting a date for withdrawal—then he said it was right—and then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave this soon. He said it was "tragic" to leave Iraq, and then he said it was fine. He said we should've intervened in Libya sooner. Then he ran down a hallway to duck reporters' questions. Then he said the intervention was too aggressive. Then he said the world was a "better place" because the intervention succeeded.
Talk about being for it before you were against it!
"Mr. Romney—here's a little advice: Before you debate Barack Obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself!"
"Ask Osama bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago."
If I ever get a time machine, I'm using it to take this John Kerry back to 2004.— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) September 7, 2012
John Kerry actually was like that in 2004. Watch the debates. But the media gave the Swift Boat Veterans a giant megaphone.— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) September 7, 2012
John Kerry: "Mitt Romney talks like he's only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV"(if you also loved that line, retweet this!)— DCCC (@dccc) September 7, 2012
John Kerry taking out eight years of gripes on Mitt. Some revenge is sweet.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 7, 2012
John Kerry on Romney's overseas trip: "it wasn't a goodwill mission, it was a blooper reel" #DNC2012— Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) September 7, 2012
Sen. John Kerry: "I say to you, this is not the time to outsource the job of commander-in-chief." #DNC2012— DemConvention (@DemConvention) September 7, 2012
Vice President Joe Biden
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"When Barack and I were growing up, there was an implicit understanding. If you took responsibility, you’d get a fair shot at a better deal. The values behind that deal--were the values that shaped us both. And today, they are Barack’s guiding star."
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m here to tell you, bravery resides in the heart of Barack Obama. And time and time again, I witnessed him summon it. This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart, and steel in his spine. And because of all the actions he took, because of the calls he made--and because of the grit and determination of American workers--and the unparalled bravery of our special forces--we can now proudly say—
Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."
"You never quit on America. And you deserve a President who will never quit on you. And one more thing that our opponents are dead wrong about: America is NOT in decline.
I’ve got news for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, it has never, never, ever, been a good bet to bet against the American people."
"My fellow Americans, America is coming back and we’re not going back! And we have no intention of downsizing the American Dream."
Complete Transcript of Joe Biden's Speech Here
Beau Biden nominates, "my father, my hero, Joe Biden." Emotional moment.— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) September 6, 2012
Giant cheers/everyone on their feet as vp joe biden comes to the podium.— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad_OBrien) September 7, 2012
This is the biggest round of applause Joe Biden has gotten anywhere outside of an Onion writer's conference.— Jesse Walker (@notjessewalker) September 7, 2012
Joe Biden looked into the camera and basically told Paul Ryan, I am going to rip you to shreds. See you at the debate.— utaustinliberal (@utaustinliberal) September 7, 2012
Lie. Tonight, like every night, what Joe Biden really wants to do is tell us four hours' worth of stories about Scranton and/or Amtrak.— Indecision (@indecision) September 7, 2012
President Barack Obama
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"Now, our friends down in Tampa at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn't have much to say about how they'd make it right. They want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan. And that's because all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years."
"Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!"
"We've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years, and we'll open more. But unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country's energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers."
"We don't want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves, and we certainly don't want bailouts for banks that break the rules. We don't think the government can solve all our problems. But we don't think that government is the source of all our problems, any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we're told to blame for our troubles."
"While I'm proud of what we've achieved together, I'm far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, 'I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.'"
"You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can't visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally,"
Obama set a new political record on Twitter, driving 52,757 tweets/minute. Here's his speech if you missed it: to.pbs.org/P6kWkJ— NewsHour (@NewsHour) September 7, 2012
Obama peak tweets per minute 52,757, a record. Romney peak: 14,289.— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) September 7, 2012
RT @byrontau: Obama campaign emails supporters: "I hope I did you proud."— POLITICO (@politico) September 7, 2012
Pres Obama humbly asked for votes. Mitt never bothered to do that. He just hopes Koch's will buy them.— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) September 7, 2012
The GOP strategy has been to make people feel good about hating Obama; this speech was meant to let people feel good about supporting him— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) September 7, 2012
That was a pretty awesome three days. Now we get to see if Obama got a poll bump, or if partisan preferences are too baked-in to move.— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) September 7, 2012
“If you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election” - Obama #p2— TheNewDeal (@TheNewDeal) September 7, 2012
Obama should have closed with, "And now...I'm about to save the confetti industry!"— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) September 7, 2012
President Obama: “We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up.”— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 7, 2012
It’s the economy stupid. No defense of Obama economy or plan for fixing it tonight. #RomneyRyan2012— Reince Priebus (@Reince) September 7, 2012
Mopping the floor with the GOP!Mr. Obama tells us what we need to know!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 7, 2012
#Obama: Preferred by: women, gays, seniors, minorities, scientists, auto workers, students, people who see doctors, and non-angry whites— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) September 7, 2012
Obama: If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them.— POLITICO (@politico) September 7, 2012