Democratic National Convention: Scenes from day three

  • A security agent sleeps before the start of the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate shows off her support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton with a decorative hat on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A reporter live broadcasts on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate shows her support for Hillary Clinton during the pledge of allegiance on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is pictured at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate holds her hand over her heart as the national anthem is sung at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27, 2016.
  • Florida delegate Leonarda Duran (R) is pictured on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate shows off her support for Hillary Clinton during the pledge of allegiance on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Mississippi delegate Kelly Jacobs shows off her necklace for Hillary Clinton on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate from New York shows his support for HIllary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Mississippi delegate Kelly Jacobs shows off her dress for President Barack Obama on the floor of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is seen at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder is seen at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate holds up a sign on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz, speaks on the third day of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa. 
  • The teleprompter is pictured loaded with Vice President Joe Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Vice President Joe Biden smiles on stage at the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden wave and smile on stage at the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Florida delegates cheer on the floor of the Democratic Natioanl Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 27, 2016.
  • Musician Lenny Kravitz performs on the third night of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is pictured on stage at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Delegates cheer during Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s speech on the third night of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia Pa.
  • Delegates from New York listen to speakers on the third night of the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., waves with his wife Anne Holton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 27, 2016.
  • People demonstrating against the The Trans-Pacific Partnership are seen amongst signs of support during Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Signs for President Barack Obama are pictured next to a teleprompter on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama waves to the crowd on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • The convention crowd waves signs in support of President Barack Obama as he is pictured on stage on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate smiles as he looks at President Barack Obama on stage during the Democratic National Convention on Uly 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama speaks to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • A delegate cries as she listenes to President Barack Obama speak on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadephia, Pa.
  • A delegate listenes to President Barack Obama speak on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadephia, Pa.
  • A delegate smiles as she listens to President Barack Obama speak on the third night of the Democratic National Convention, July 27, 2016 in Philadephia, Pa.
  • Following his speech President Barack Obama points as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks out on stage to greet him at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Phialdelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hug on stage following Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton embrace on stage following Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd on stage following Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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The penultimate day of the Democratic National Convention was packed with the speeches from major American political figures—from former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to Vice President Joe Biden and Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine. But the biggest moment on the convention stage was when President Barack Obama urged voters to “do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me.” 

The president arrived to chants of “yes, we can” before he talked about family, faith in America and feeling “the Bern.”

But the larger focus of his speech served to urge the American public, whom he called “the best organizers on the planet,” to mobilize—to go out and vote, “not just for a president, but for mayors, and sheriffs, and state’s attorneys, and state legislators.”

Briefly interrupted by protests against the Trade Pacific Partnership, Obama barreled through his speech, saying “we are challenged to do better, to be better.”

There is no candidate, the president said, who has ever been more qualified than Hillary Clinton to run for the presidency. “Not me, not Bill, nobody,” he added.

“Let me tell you,” he said, “eight years ago, you may remember Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you it was tough—because Hillary was tough. I was worn out. She was doing everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers it was backwards and in heels.”

Clinton took the stage alongside President Obama to a cheering crowd just before the convention went into recess until Thursday—its last day, and the one on which Clinton will address the delegates.

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theatre” which examines the landscape of the American political system. 

For more feature photography, go to msnbc.com/photography

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