Democratic National Convention: Scenes from day three
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.