President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday, September 13th. Read more »
President Barack Obama will return to Philadelphia on September 13th to campaign for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, according to the Clinton campaign. Obama is expected to focus on Clinton’s economic plans. Read more »
The end is near, Philly. This is the final day of the Democratic National Convention.
Here’s what you missed yesterday:
President Barack Obama delivered a smooth and powerful speech that reflected on the nation’s progress, denounced Donald Trump, and pledged trust and confidence in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The audience went wild, especially when Clinton appeared at the end. Read more »
President Barack Obama delivered a stirring, once-in-a-lifetime speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
He gave our disaffected country what it so desperately needs as it looks down the barrel of a Donald Trump presidency: a defense of democracy. But Obama did it on his terms — with unflinching optimism in the American people. “Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order,” he said. “We don’t look to be ruled. Our power comes from those immortal declarations first put to paper right here in Philadelphia all those years ago.”
He cautioned voters not to place all their hopes in any singular politician, a message for the left and right. “America has never been about what one person says he’ll do for us. It’s always been about what can be achieved by us, together.”
He channeled John F. Kennedy’s famous inaugural address. “Democracy works,” Obama said, “but we gotta want it!”
And he urged Americans to vote not just in presidential elections, but in local races, too. “If you want more justice in the justice system, then we’ve all got to vote — not just for a president, but for mayors, and sheriffs, and state’s attorneys, and state legislators.” Read more »
He still knows how to work a crowd, Barack Obama, especially one at a convention.
Seeing him stand at the podium on the royal blue stage at the Democratic National Convention inside the Wells Fargo Center late Wednesday night, it was impossible not to think back to 2004, when he wowed DNC attendees in Boston as a young senator from Illinois, and back to 2008, when an inspiring speech at the DNC in Denver — delivered as the Democratic presidential nominee — catapulted him to victory that November. Read more »
Congrats, Philly! We’re halfway through the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Here’s what happened yesterday:
In the biggest news of the night, Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman nominated for president by a major party, much to the frustration of a group of delegates who held a protest in the media tent outside the Wells Fargo Center shortly after. Bill Clinton called his wife “the best darn change-maker I have ever known” and bashed the Republican National Convention in his speech. Read more »
After a day of mild unruliness, First Lady Michelle Obama swooped in to save the Democratic National Convention last night.
Around 10 p.m., she strolled onto the big blue stage and graced the audience with a speech that delivered a confident, no-nonsense, proud and inspiring vision. The crowd went wild. The internet exploded. And really, did we expect anything less?
Obama pointed toward the future – one with Hillary Clinton – and nodded to the achievements of the nation’s past.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful and intelligent black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” Obama said to a teary-eyed crowd. Read more »
One of my most vivid memories in recent years is of the evening of November 20th, 2014, when I was in an overcrowded South Philly eatery watching television. President Barack Obama was on the air, announcing that he was taking executive action to offer temporary deportation relief to an estimated 4 million undocumented people via programs that helped undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents (known was “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans,” or DAPA) as well as undocumented people who arrived in the country before age 16 (extended “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA+).
Inside Taquitos de Puebla on 9th Street, the atmosphere was electric with hope. Those who qualified would be able to get out of a shadow economy that relies on their labor without according them any protections, and conduct their daily lives without the soul-crushing fear that at any moment agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement could swoop down to deport them.
Almost immediately, the president’s executive actions were challenged legally, and for two years those people with whom I had celebrated that November night carefully banked their hopes and waited as the legal case wound its way through the lower courts to the Supreme Court.
According to Philadelphia’s Latino immigrant activists, Barack Obama’s primary legacy from his eight years in office can be summed up in three words: Deporter in chief.
Activists and organizers today gathered at Juntos in South Philly to comment on today’s split ruling from the Supreme Court on President Obama’s immigration policy.
The court actually ruled on a program Obama and immigration activists support today. In a one-sentence decision — “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court” — the court announced it had split, 4-all, which means the Obama administration will not be able to implement its immigration plans before the end of his term. Read more »