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President Obama: “Thanks, Obama!”

Tuesday afternoon, President Obama spoke to a crowd in Philadelphia about how the economy had improved and how we need to elect Hillary Clinton to continue the progress.

President Obama on the progress during his term:

We fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years. We turned around a declining economy. We helped our auto industry set new records. Our businesses created 15 million new jobs. Slashed our dependence on foreign oil. Doubled our production of clean energy. Made marriage equality a reality in all 50 states. (Applause.)

We brought more of our troops home to their families. We delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. (Applause.) Through diplomacy rather than war, we shut down Iran’s nuclear program, opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids and our grandkids. That’s what we’ve done. (Applause.)

By so many measures, America is stronger and more prosperous than when we started out on this journey together. In fact, some of you may have saw there was a new report out just today showing that last year, across every age, every race in America, incomes rose and the poverty rate fell. (Applause.) In fact, the typical household income of Americans rose by $2,800, which is the single biggest one-year increase on record. (Applause.) We lifted 3.5 million people out of poverty. That’s the largest one-year drop in poverty since 1968. (Applause.) The uninsured rate is the lowest it has been since they kept record. The pay gap between men and women shrank to the lowest level ever. (Applause.)

So, now, let’s face it — Republicans don’t like to hear good news right now. (Laughter.) But it’s important just to understand this is a big deal. More Americans are working, more have health insurance. Incomes are rising. Poverty is falling.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Gas is two dollars!

THE PRESIDENT: And gas is two dollars a gallon. I didn’t even — thank you for reminding me. (Laughter.) Thanks, Obama. (Laughter and applause.)

On his support for Hillary Clinton:

Now, look, can I just say, I am really into electing Hillary Clinton. Like I — this is not me going through the motions here. I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton. […]

For four years, I had a front-row seat. I watched her intelligence. I watched her judgment. I watched her discipline. I saw her in the Situation Room, where she argued in favor of the mission for bin Laden. I watched her pursue diplomacy to open up new partnerships, to help promote democracy, to help reduce the nuclear threat. And she worked hard, tirelessly, flying around the world again and again. I don’t know how many times she lapped the world, but she went around a long time. Because she had never forgotten what she was fighting for — to make sure every child has the same opportunities as her granddaughter and her daughters and your kids. […]

She knows what it means for working families and senior citizens, and small business owners, and soldiers and veterans when we make policy in the White House. And in the middle of crisis, she’ll listen to people and she will keep her cool, and she treats everybody with respect. And no matter how daunting the odds, no matter how many times people knock her down and mess with her, she does not quit. She doesn’t quit. (Applause.) She doesn’t quit. That’s the Hillary that I know.

And that’s why I really want to get her elected. That’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire. I believe there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as our President.

Full transcript below.

Hillary Clinton: “There is nothing America can’t do – if we do it together.”

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton spoke at a manufacturing plant in Warren Michigan about her vision for the economy.

Secretary Clinton:

I know my opponent in this election was here in Michigan about a week ago, and it was like he was in a different place. When he visited Detroit on Monday, he talked only of failure, poverty, and crime. He’s missing so much about what makes Michigan great.

And the same is true when it comes to our country. He describes America as an embarrassment. He said –and I quote – ‘We’re becoming a third-world country.’ Look around you, my friends. Go visit with the workers building rockets. That doesn’t happen in third world countries.

Now we have a lot of urgent and important work to do – and that’s what I’m going to talk about today – because all the people that I’ve met in this campaign really prove how wrong this negative, pessimistic view is. America’s best days are still ahead of us if we make up our minds to actually go out and make that happen.

Just consider our assets: We have the most dynamic, productive workforce in the world, bar none. We have the most innovative businesses. The top colleges, universities, community colleges, training programs in the world. And the best science and technology. We have enormous capacity for clean energy production.

We are resilient, determined, hard-working. There is nothing America can’t do – if we do it together.

It’s personal:

A lot of people feel no one is on their side and no one has their back and that is not how it’s supposed to be in America. If I am fortunate enough to be your President, I will have your back every single day that I serve. My mission in the White House will be to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top.

This is personal for me. I am the product of the American middle class, I was born in Chicago, I was raised in a suburb. But my grandfather worked at the Scranton lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, for 50 years. And because he worked hard, my Dad was able to go to college, and eventually start his own small business – and then send me out into the world to follow my dreams.

No matter how far those dreams have taken me, I have always remembered, I’m the daughter of a small-business owner and the granddaughter of a factory worker — and proud of both.
So here’s what I want. I want every American family to be able to tell the same story. If you work hard, you do your part, you should be able to give your children all the opportunities they deserve. That is the basic bargain of America.

We are not afraid:

Now Mr. Trump may talk a big game on trade, but his approach is based on fear, not strength. Fear that we can’t compete with the rest of the world even when the rules are fair. Fear that our country has no choice but to hide behind walls.

If Team USA was as fearful as Trump, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles would be cowering in the locker room, afraid to come out to compete. Instead, they’re winning gold medals. America isn’t afraid to compete.

Full transcript below.

Call the Whaaambulance!

Call the Whaaambulance! Harvard Republicans refuse to endorse Trump.

Here, I will save you having to click on that link:

“What happened to our beautiful party … the one built on the Southern Strategy, whistled to in Philadelphia MS, powered by the hateful racist rhetoric of Lee Atwater, and dedicated to crushing the poor, women, people of color, and the elderly??? We must reclaim it from the racist misogynist so that we can get back to the noble task of granny-killing, poor-starving, and sick-kicking Ryanism!”

Hillary Clinton: “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit”

Thursday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party. She stands poised (in both senses of the word) to be the first woman to become president of the United States of America.

Secretary Clinton on activism and policy details:

It became clear to me that simply caring is not enough. To drive real progress, you have to change both hearts and laws. You need both understanding and action. So we gathered facts. We built a coalition.

But how do you make a [big idea real]? You do it step-by-step, year-by-year… sometimes even door-by-door.[…]

I sweat the details of policy – whether we’re talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs.

Because it’s not just a “detail” if it’s your kid – if it’s your family. It’s a big deal.

And it should be a big deal to your president.

On our nation’s history and making history:

“Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history.

It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.

It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build. […]

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, too – because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, 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 opportunity she deserves.

Because even more important than the history we make tonight, is the history we will write together in the years ahead.

Let’s do this, Democrats! Let’s do this, America!

Democratic National Convention – Day Four – July 28, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

CSPAN coverage begins at 4:30pm Eastern: Democratic National Convention, Day 4


(DNC YouTube archive)

Day Three Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day Three – July 27, 2016

Day Two Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016

Day One Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

The final list of speakers will be updated in the comments when it is released.

Updated Speakers List:
General John Allen (ret. USMC), former Commander, International Security Assistance Forces, and Commander, United States Forces – Afghanistan
Candidates of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin
League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski
Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (New York) and LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride
U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland) and the Democratic Women of the Senate

July 28th Speakers

Thursday July 28 | 4:30 pm ET – Wells Fargo Center
Gavel In

Beth Mathias

Beth works two jobs and her husband works the nightshift at a factory in Ohio. Hillary met Beth at a roundtable in Marion.

Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed

Jensen was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant in Bonner Springs, KS for asking her boss why she was paid 25 cents less than her male co-worker and friend, Jake. After Jensen and Jake’s story came to light, Hillary tweeted “Good for you, Jensen. Every woman deserves equal pay, no matter what her age. Keep up the hard work—and courage!”

Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Clinton spoke extensively about Kahn during a speech in Minneapolis.

Chelsea Clinton

Speaker: Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Speaker: Secretary Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama: “Let’s show the world that we still believe in the promise of this great nation.”

On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama addressed the 2016 Democratic Party nominating convention. He asked us to celebrate what is good about our country – and ourselves – as he laid out his vision for the future; a future where the foundation set by his administration is built upon by President Hillary Clinton.

President Obama:

Look, we Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s precisely this contest of idea that pushes our country forward. (Applause.) But what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican — and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems — just the fanning of resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.

And that is not the America I know. (Applause.) The America I know is full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity. The America I know is decent and generous. (Applause.) Sure, we have real anxieties — about paying the bills, and protecting our kids, caring for a sick parent. We get frustrated with political gridlock, and worry about racial divisions. We are shocked and saddened by the madness of Orlando or Nice. There are pockets of America that never recovered from factory closures; men who took pride in hard work and providing for their families who now feel forgotten; parents who wonder whether their kids will have the same opportunities that we had.

All of that is real. We are challenged to do better; to be better.

But as I’ve traveled this country, through all 50 states, as I’ve rejoiced with you and mourned with you, what I have also seen, more than anything, is what is right with America. […]

This year, in this election, I’m asking you to join me — to reject cynicism and reject fear, and to summon what is best in us; to elect Hillary Clinton as the next President of the United States, and show the world we still believe in the promise of this great nation.

Secretary Clinton joined the president on the stage after his speech – the baton is passed, with a hug:

Full transcript below.

Democratic National Convention – Day Three – July 27, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

Watch Live!

CSPAN coverage begins at 4:30pm Eastern: Democratic National Convention, Day 3

(DNC YouTube archive)

Day Two Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016

Day One Motley Moose Coverage:
Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

Updated Speaker List:
Congressman GK Butterfield and members of the Congressional Black Caucus
Congresswoman Judy Chu (California) and members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
NARAL President Ilyse Hogue
Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN)
Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and candidates of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey
EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock
Center for American Progress Action Fund President Neera Tanden

July 27th Speakers

Wednesday July 27 | 4:30 pm ET – Wells Fargo Center
Gavel In

Erica Smegielski

Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures. Erica was featured in the ad, My Mom.

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

Jamie Dorff

Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Vice President Joe Biden

Speaker: Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama

Speaker: President Barack Obama

Gavel Out

Democratic National Convention – Day Two – July 26, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

UPDATE: CSPAN Full Video of Day 2

DNCC Watch Live (when streaming)
(DNCC YouTube archive)

The list of speakers will be updated as more information becomes available.

Updated Speaker List:
Democratic National Committee Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile
Former State Senator Jason Carter (Georgia)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (California) and the Democratic Women of the House
Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards

The roll call vote is expected to take place around 4:00pm Eastern time.

July 26th Speakers

Tuesday July 26 | Wells Fargo Arena
Jelani Freeman

Jelani grew up in foster care in Washington, DC and is a former intern in Hillary Clinton’s Senate office. Since receiving his law degree, he has worked to bring opportunity to kids at risk.

Thaddeus Desmond

Similar to Hillary’s work at the Children’s Defense Fund, Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia.

Dynah Haubert

Dynah, of Philadelphia, PA, is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization and teaches those with disabilities to advocate for themselves.

Gavel In at 4:30 Eastern Time

Kate Burdick

Kate, originally from Philadelphia, PA, is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

Anton Moore

Anton, from Philadelphia, PA, founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.

Dustin Parsons

Dustin, from Little Rock, Arkansas, is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in his home state.

Students from Eagle Academy

As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.

Joe Sweeney

Joe, of New York, NY, was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

Lauren Manning

Lauren was a former executive and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. She is one of the most catastrophically wounded survivors of 9/11. Lauren battled single digit odds of survival, spending more than six months in the hospital and fought recovering through the next decade from an 82.5% total body burn. Lauren asked then Senator Hillary Clinton to support the injured and she has remained unflagging in her commitment and dedication.

Ryan Moore

Ryan, originally from South Sioux City, NE, has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to Washington, DC for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan’s father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan’s health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.

President Bill Clinton

Speaker: President Bill Clinton

Mothers of the Movement

Speaker: Mothers of the Movement

Gavel Out

Michelle Obama: “Who will have the power to shape our children for the next 4 to 8 years of their lives?”

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the DNCC Monday night. She spoke of her time in the White House, role models, and history. And she made the case for Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

Michelle Obama:

Barack and I [know] that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls but the children across this country. Kids who say, “I saw you on TV,” “I wrote the report on you for school.” Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and he wondered, Is my hair like yours?

Make no mistake about it, this November, when we get to the polls, that is what we are deciding. Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. In this election, and every election, it is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives. I am here tonight because in this election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.

… as my daughters set out on the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader worthy of my girls’ promise and all of our kids’ promise. A leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

Democratic National Convention – Day One – July 25, 2016

From Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Arena, July 25th through July 28th

Watch Live!

Day One

(YouTube archive)

The list of speakers will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Speaking tonight will be Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, keynote speaker Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders

July 25th Speakers

Gavel in at 3:00pm

Pam Livengood

Pam and her family of Keene, NH have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter’s struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a round-table during the first trip to New Hampshire.

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Karla is an American citizen from Las Vegas, NV but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave.

Anastasia Somoza

Anastasia of New York, NY, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her U.S. Senate office and on the 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids.


DREAMer Astrid Silva

Senator Bernie Sanders

First Lady Michelle Obama