“Working Together” was the theme of day three at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. What a night it was.
From former New York City mayor and staunch Independent Michael Bloomberg to Lenny Kravitz, to the oratory power of our President and Vice President, delegates and attendees were presented with an inspiring show of unity and eloquence.
Many of the political speakers also took aim at Donald Trump with blistering attacks.
Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine termed Trump a “one-man wrecking crew.” He quoted the co-author of Trump’s autobiography who said of Trump: “Lying is second nature to him.”
Vice President Joe Biden presented a positive picture of the country and had a powerful message about the steadfastness of the American people and of their belief in U.S. exceptionalism.
Biden addressed the fear-mongering tactics of the Republican Party, which has been uniquely central to the campaign of Donald Trump: “Americans have never let their country down … We do not scare easy.”
Bloomberg took a more methodical approach to Donald Trump, addressing his poor business decisions and fraudulent activities scattered throughout his business career. “I know a con when I see one,” said the former New York mayor and successful publishing magnate. “Donald Trump wants to run this country like his businesses. If that’s the case, “God help us.”
The real prime-time event of the evening was a celebration of President Barack Obama’s presidency in the form of a comprehensive video of his time in office, complete with an address from the President himself.
He made strong arguments against Donald Trump and put Hillary Clinton’s tenure as his Secretary of State in a positive light. Obama notably spoke of Secretary Clinton’s involvement in the decision to go after Osama Bin Laden.
Most importantly, President Obama argued for Clinton as his authentic political heir.
Trying to address the range of factions in the Democratic Party, Obama made his plea: “She’s been there for us -- even if we haven’t always noticed -- and if you’re serious about our democracy, you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue.”
Clinton also made a surprise appearance on stage following the President’s speech.
Other speakers in the evening included former Democratic presidential nominee Martin O’Malley, Chicago mayor and Obama’s first chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and former Secretary of Defense and CIA director Leon Panetta.
Tonight is the big event. Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother and we will hear Hillary’s maiden speech to the DNC as the first female nominee of a major party.