1. The Bern Is Cooling Down:
Bernie Sanders was greeted by a substantial peppering of blue Bernie signs and a standing ovation. He called for unity within the party, through a thick, almost comical New York accent, officially telling his delegates that he’s with Her. On night two, his brother Larry Sanders also stood and spoke about “Bernard” through tears, saying that their parents would be “immensely proud of their son.”
2. Michelle 2024:
Anyone who doesn’t love Michelle Obama obviously hates all things good in the world. We will miss that intelligent, toned, and warm woman. Her speech was focused on children, much like her platform as First Lady. She spoke a lot about Sasha and Malia and how they “live in a house that was built by slaves.” She did a great job of highlighting Hillary’s qualities in contrast with Trump’s, saying that “The issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters” to which Bill Clinton was jovially amused.
3. Dr. Warren’s Strong Words:
Joseph Kennedy III introduced his professor with an anecdote from his rather intimidating time as her student at Harvard. Dr. Elizabeth Warren then took the stage and used her sharp brilliance to skewer Trump per usual, with comments like “Trump’s entire campaign is just one more late-night Trump infomercial.”
4. Deal Hollywood In:
Lena Dunham and America Ferrara stood side by side as they tackled issues hitting close to home, like sexual assault and immigration. The always eloquent Dunham and avid Hillary supporter said, "Donald Trump and his party think I should be punished for exercising my Constitutional rights. His rhetoric about women takes us back to a time when we were meant to be beautiful and silent." Ferrara adds, "according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist." The two passionate actresses, after asking “Why should you care what some television celebrities have to say about politics?” respond with, "We feel the same way." But these issues need fighting for. The two close their speech with Hillary's infamous words, "Deal us in!"
5. Sarah Silverman Puts Some Cream On Her Bern:
Sarah Silverman issued her proud support for Hillary, despite many months of hardcore Bern-feeling. As Lena Dunham is to Hillary, Sarah Silverman is to Bernie. She joked, “For the last year, I’ve been feeling the Bern. Relax, I put some cream on it.”
6. Bill-cholas Sparks:
Bill Clinton, in a long-winded keynote speech, narrated a rom-com in his recount of the days when he and Hillary first met, “I asked her to take a walk with me to the Yale Art Museum. We’ve been walking and talking and laughing together ever since.” He told the crowd about Hillary’s hard-to-get game, while he was head-over-heels. Bill also told the crowd about Hillary’s brilliance during her time as the First Lady of Arkansas, to which an Arkansas judge said “we elected the wrong Clinton.” Bill gave Hillary a number of wonderful brands in his speech, such as insatiably curious, a natural leader, a good organizer, and a changemaker.
7. Love Wins In Sports Too:
Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player said, “knew that my sexual orientation made no difference in my ability to play basketball, just as someone’s gender makes no difference in his or her ability to lead our nation.”
8. The 79-Year-Old With More Marbles Than You:
Madeleine Albright, a woman whose intellect is an inspiration to any aging individual, shoots down Trump just like her colleagues. “Safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a TV reality show. It...demands a cool head, but also a big heart… This fall, we must do everything we can to make sure that Hillary becomes our next Commander-in- Chief."
9. Boxer With Her Fists Up:
Barbara Boxer gave a passionate speech, in which she discussed Mike Pence’s comment that Roe v. Wade “belongs in the ash heap of history.” To this she replies, "Donald Trump and Mike Pence: We are not going back to the dark days when women died in back alleys." She passionately talked about equal pay, about how Donald Trump simply wants to let “the market” work itself out, but it is 2016 and we’re still waiting. Boxer says “They’ve thrown everything at her and she’s still standing.”
10. A Shattered Ceiling:
Towards the end of the evening, the crowd watched a slideshow of seemingly endless white men, finally interrupted by one black man, being Barack Obama, and then with a woman, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The slideshow panned out to show the lack of diversity in our countries history of Democratic nominees. The screen showed this mosaic of faces shattering, to reveal our nominee smiling into the camera as she made history. The crowd went wild as Hillary proclaimed, “this is the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.”
11. Chelsea Making It Rain (Tears)
Hillary’s impressive 36 year old daughter Chelsea delivered a tear jerker in introducing her mother, the first ever female nominee for a major party. Chelsea spoke of growing up with her hard working, while still loving mother in a timeline that her political following could follow. She spoke of movie nights after her Health Care loss, and phone calls about the Eiffel Tower while on policy trips to Paris. As the camera switched to reveal her emotional father, the entire audience was moved to tears.
12. The Sky’s The Limit
Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped onto the stage in a flawless white power suit, sharing a touching moment with her daughter before stepping up to the podium. The crowd went nuts to finally see their candidate, most still emotional from all the feels flooding the room (Bill still adorably moved). In her hour-and-some-change-long speech, she touched on all of the topics that the array of impressive speakers have exercised earlier in the week. In response to Donald Trump’s “I” filled Stalin-like speech in order to “Make America Great Again” single handedly at his own convention, Hillary responded, “There are no guarantees: It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we will all work together so we can all rise together.” After going over her policies on issues A-Z that we’ve all heard her go over for the past year, the highlight of the speech was the fact that we were watching history unfold on stage. On this topic, she said, “Standing here as my mother’s daughter, and my daughter’s mother, I’m so happy this day has come. Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let’s keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunities she deserves to have."