The night began with boos from Bernie supporters and ended with the man who finished as runner-up for the Democratic presidential nominee telling his fans to support Hillary Clinton. In between, Michelle Obama wowed the crowd with a passionate speech about opportunity in America and the need to make sure future generations have the same, and Sarah Silverman told the Bernie or Bust crowd they were being “ridiculous.”

Billy Penn recaps the night inside the Wells Fargo and the day outside in Philly with the DNC Hangover.

Most notable moment

Elizabeth Warren was the keynote speaker. Bernie Sanders was the most anticipated on the lineup. But Michelle Obama stole the night.

The First Lady drew raucous applause, cheers and tears as spoke largely about her daughters and joining together with Hillary Clinton — the woman who was once running against her husband.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” she said. “And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

Even this long-time GOP media consultant wrote Michelle Obama’s speech was “a grand slam for Dems.”

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And though Michelle Obama never uttered Donald Trump’s name, she threw plenty of shade at the Republican nominee for president, saying that the problems of a president “cannot be boiled down into 140 characters.”

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again,” she said. “This right now is the greatest country on Earth.”

Most controversial moment

It wasn’t the ideal start for a party attempting to show unity. The prayer that helped usher in the evening’s festivities was interrupted by Bernie chants. Those continued throughout the first few speakers, as did boos at mentions of Clinton. The boos faded away as the night went on, but the Bernie chants came up again and again.

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Later, during a joint appearance with Clinton supporter Sen. Al Franken, comedian Sarah Silverman drew huge applause — and dissent — from the crowd. Silverman’s been a staunch Sanders supporter throughout the election season, but said after being booed for discussing unity: “Let me just say, to the Bernie or Bust people: You’re being ridiculous.”

Philly and Pennsylvania shoutouts

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Four politicians who are popular in Philly addressed the convention Monday: Congressman Bob Brady, Congressman Brendan Boyle, Mayor Jim Kenney and Sen. Bob Casey, so we heard from Philly and Pennsylvania references from them. Kenney started his speech by saying: “Yo, Pennsylvania” and touted his recently-passed soda tax. Casey said: “If Trump is a champion for working people, I’m the starting center for the 76ers.”

But other than the Philly guys, there were very few shoutouts to Pennsylvania or Philadelphia other than speakers saying simply: “Hello, Philadelphia!”

Headlining speakers

Cory Booker

  • General theme: Booker shared a note of optimism for the present and future of America, so long as Trump is not  elected.
  • Memorable quote: “Americans, at our best, stand up to bullies and fight those who seek to demean and degrade others. In times of crisis we don’t abandon our values – we double down on them.”

Al Franken

  • General theme: Perhaps more than anyone besides Elizabeth Warren, Franken — the SNL alumni-turned-Minnesota-Senator — relied on punch lines as he went after Trump.
  • Memorable quote: “I got my doctorate in megalomaniac studies from Trump University.”

Michelle Obama

  • General theme: Obama told stories of triumph from the last eight years and America in general and shared why Clinton is her candidate of choice to continue to bring progress for the country.
  • Memorable quote: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

Karla Ortiz

  • General theme: The 11-year-old Ortiz shared her fears of Trump and her belief that Clinton is best for immigrant families such as hers. Her parents are undocumented immigrants.
  • Memorable quote:  “I’m scared that I’ll come home and find it empty.”

Bernie Sanders

  • General theme: Large portions of the crowd badly wanted to hear Bernie, and he responded by talking about how they continued a movement and giving a not overly-warm endorsement of Clinton.
  • Memorable quote: “Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.”

Elizabeth Warren

  • General theme: Warren built up by talking about her rise from a humble upbringing in Oklahoma to saying how Trump could ruin the opportunities Americans currently have.
  • Memorable quote: “Other than talking about building a stupid wall — which will never get built — other than that wall, did you hear any actual ideas?”

Celebrity sightings at the Wells Fargo Center

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Celebrity speakers Monday included: Actress Eva Longoria, singer Demi Lovato, comedian Sarah Silverman, singers Boyz II Men and singer Paul Simon

  • Elizabeth Banks 
  • David Schwimmer
  • Michael Che
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Robert Smigel and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (apparently unrecognized)

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There are plenty of other celebrities expected to attend. Here’s a running list.

Best tweet

Walt Hickey, the chief culture writer and Nate Silver’s, tweeted an ode to Silverman’s Bernie Bro burn as Paul Simon was taking the stage to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”:

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Best .gif

Debbie Wasserman Schultz might have been more prepared to gavel in the Convention than Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who took over the job at the last minute after Wasserman Schultz, well, kinda resigned. So it was a little awkward when left the podium without actually hitting the gavel. She ran back to the podium, grabbed the gavel, and this ensued:

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The protests

Today was the day of mass protests in support of Sanders. Beginning this morning after the senator addressed delegates at the Convention Center (and was booed by some of his own supporters,) demonstrators gathered in Center City and later marched down Broad Street to the Wells Fargo Center.

Outside the area where the convention was taking place, some unrest ensued when protesters attempted to climb over a small fence surrounding the security perimeter around the event space.

Philadelphia Police told reporters at about 6:45 p.m. that no one had been formally arrested, but 55 people who jumped the fences were briefly “detained” and issued citations for disorderly conduct. They weren’t arrested because Philadelphia recently decriminalized nuisance crimes like disorderly conduct for this reason.

Stories to read from Monday

What to expect today

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (EDT)
Call to Order U.S. Representative and Convention Chair Marcia Fudge
Invocation Dr. Ima Sherman Jackson
Presentation of Colors Colonel Charles Young, American Legion Post 682
Pledge of Allegiance, Mallory Weggemann
National Anthem Timmy Kelly
Timmy Kelly is from Pennsylvania and sang the National Anthem at the campaign launch in New York.


Former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Harkin will speak on the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law he wrote and helped pass.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

5:00 – 7:00 PM (EDT)
Nominating Speeches and Roll Call Vote
Governor Terry McAuliffe

7:00 – 10:00 PM (EDT)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Women of the House
Remarks introducing Video Message
Former State Senator Jason Carter
Video Message from President Jimmy Carter
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer
Host for the evening: Actress Elizabeth Banks

Thaddeus Desmond
Thaddeus is a child advocate social worker in Philadelphia
Dynah Haubert
Dynah is a lawyer who works for a disability rights organization
Kate Burdick
Kate is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia
Anton Moore
Anton founded and runs a non-profit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence
Dustin Parsons
Dustin is a 5th grade teacher in Arkansas
Daniele Mellott
Daniele and Mark Mellott’s adoption of their son was made possible through the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act that Hillary championed as First Lady.
Jelani Freeman
Jelani grew up in foster care 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.
Democratic National Committee Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation Donna Brazile
Eagle Academy Principal and Students
As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay
Actor Tony Goldwyn
Mothers of the Movement
Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Lucy McBath, Gwen Carr, Cleopatra Pendelton, Maria Hamilton, Lezley McSpadden, and Wanda Johnson
Andra Day

President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Cecile Richards
Actresses America Fererra and Lena Dunham
Mayor of Columbia (SC) Steve Benjamin
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

Introduction by Actress Debra Messing
Joe Sweeney
Joe 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 spent more than 6 months in the hospital after 9/11 recovering from severe burns. As senator, Hillary Clinton helped Lauren get the care she needed.
U.S. Representative Joseph Crowley


Introduction of Speaker
Actress Erika Alexander
Ryan Moore
Ryan has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when they met during the fight for health care reform. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.
Former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean


U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
Ima Matul
Sex Trafficking Survivor & Advocate
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

10:00 – 11:00 PM (EDT)
President Bill Clinton
Introduction of Film
Actress Meryl Streep
Alicia Keys

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...