President Obama Just Pardoned a Philadelphia Woman

Photo via White House

Photo via White House

While everybody is talking about the big names on President Obama’s just-released pardons and commutations list — most notably, convicted traitor and Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning and hotelier and tax fraud Ian Schrager — there are also some Philadelphians who made the list. Read more »

After Trump’s Win, White Liberals Are Now a Minority

Donald Trump at a rally

Donald Trump speaks at the Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County on October 21st | Photo: Dan McQuade

Around 2:40 a.m. on election night, I left the watch party I’d been attending and took an Uber home. It was shortly after the Associated Press announced that then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had won Pennsylvania. I was over it — it actually began to sink in that he was actually going to win.

During the ride, my driver — a young white guy with teary eyes — turned up KYW Radio in the car as broadcasters finally confirmed that Trump had won the election. I was slowly moved to tears myself. The horrific bigotry that spewed from his lips, his lack of political experience, and endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan hadn’t been enough to stop him from defeating one of the most qualified candidates of my lifetime.

But as my driver turned on Walnut Street and upped the volume on the radio, I began to realize his tears weren’t the same as mine. As we heard the Trump supporters on air chanting “USA, USA, USA,” I saw that he had a calming sense of relief. He was crying tears of joy, whispering to himself: “It’s about damn time.” Read more »

Clinton Finishes Campaign With Independence Mall Rally

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hillary Clinton had a heck of a backdrop for her final pitch to the American public.

Speaking within sight of Independence Hall and just a block away from the Liberty Bell, Clinton was joined by Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Chelsea Clinton, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and a slew of local Democratic politicians the night before an election that could make her the first woman to be elected president of the United States.

“There is a clear choice in this election,” Clinton said to the 33,000 people at Independence Mall. “A choice between division or unity, between an economy that works for everyone or only those at the top, between strong steady leadership or a loose cannon who could put everything at risk … We know enough about my opponent. We know who he is. The real question for us is: What kind of country do we want to be, and what kind of future do we want to build for our children?” Read more »

Clintons, Obamas to Rally in Philly Monday Night

Clinton and Obama

If you didn’t realize Philadelphia was crucial to Hillary Clinton’s election chances, you should now. Per the campaign, Hillary Clinton will rally in Philadelphia on Monday night at a yet-to-be-announced location. She’ll be joined by her husband Bill, her daughter Chelsea, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. The whole team!

“Clinton will urge Pennsylvanians to make history on Tuesday by electing her president so she can continue pushing for the American ideals of progress, inclusion, equality and strength that our founders enshrined in our Constitution in Philadelphia in 1787,” said a release from the campaign. “Along with President Obama, she will also lay out how the division and dangerous views espoused by Donald Trump in his campaign make him unqualified, unfit and unworthy to lead this great nation.” Read more »

Why Democrats Keep Visiting Philly to Stump for Hillary Clinton

Joe Biden; Barack Obama; Michelle Obama

Photos: Barack Obama by HughE Dillon; Joe Biden and Michelle Obama by Dan McQuade

Tim Kaine debates Mike Pence tonight in the campaign’s lone vice presidential debate. Even though it won’t reach viewership levels of the first presidential debate, this will be the night where Kaine and Pence receive the most attention they’ll get during the campaign.

On Wednesday, Kaine will come to Philadelphia to campaign. He joins a long list of Hillary Clinton surrogates who have stumped for the Democratic presidential candidate in Philadelphia. President Obama was at Eakins Oval on September 13th, shouting out Carson Wentz. Joe Biden appeared at Drexel the day after the first presidential debate. A day later, Michelle Obama spoke at La Salle. Even Elizabeth Banks stumped for Hillary Clinton at Penn. And, of course, Clinton herself explicitly stumped for millennial votes at Temple last month. She’s appearing in Haverford today, too. Read more »

Michelle Obama Will Campaign in Philadelphia Next Week

Michelle Obama speaking at the DNC. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Michelle Obama speaking at the DNC. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP

First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Philadelphia next week for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Michelle Obama will “lay out what’s in stake in this election” on Wednesday, September 28th, according to the Clinton campaign. The First Lady will come to Philly on the heels of her husband, President Barack Obama, who campaigned for Clinton in front of the Art Museum on September 13th. Clinton herself campaigned on Temple University’s campus yesterday, where she made a pitch to millennial voters. Read more »

Barack Obama in Philly: Joe Biden Told Me to “Get on the Wentz Wagon”

Barack Obama came to Philadelphia, and there was one thing on his mind: Carson Wentz.

Okay, he had more on his mind than just the Eagles’ new starting quarterback. But Obama opened his speech at Eakins Oval today talking about Wentz, and the Eagles’ upcoming game against the Bears. “Some of you may have seen Joe Biden at the Eagles game,” Obama said. “He told me, ‘Barack, you’ve got to get on the Wentz Wagon!’ We’ve got a new quarterback. We have hope in Philly.… I am a Bears fan. And we play Philly next Monday night! So I’ve got to stick with my team, but I am going to go to Philly and scout out what all the fuss is about.” Read more »

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