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Photos From Philly

[ Posted Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 – 21:47 UTC ]

Due to technical reasons (and not having a full-time staff to do this stuff the way big media organizations do), I wasn't able to post photos with all the stories from the Democratic National Convention. Instead, I'm just going to present them all together in this "album." A lot of these were mentioned in my previous coverage, but some of them are just random convention shots.

Without further ado, here's my look at the Democratic National Convention, starting (of course) with a stop to get a cheesesteak.


Sorry Pat's, but Geno's had a parking space right in front of it, which made up our minds for us (the two most famous cheesesteak joints in Philly are right across the street from each other).


There were 57 of these donkeys to find, one from each state, territory, or other voting entity (such as Democrats Abroad). We only saw two, but we did meet a local who was enjoying the scavenger hunt and only had two more left to find.


Our hotel was pretty much on the battlefield of the Battle of Brandywine Creek from the American Revolution. George Washington lost the battle, and lost Philadelphia to the British as a result.

Connecticut Secretary of State

Denise Merrill, the Secretary of State of Connecticut and a delegate (but not, as she pointed out, a superdelegate). She was kind enough to grant me a full interview, which ran last week.

Andrea Mitchell

On the floor of the convention hall, you could rub shoulders with media bigwigs, such as Andrea Mitchell, seen here doing a standup report.

CBS Crew

Here's the CBS crew getting ready for their closeup.


The stage, which took up an inordinate amount of what could have been seating areas. It was pretty impressive, but 2012 was better with the stage in one end of the arena rather than on a side. If you look real close at the uppermost-righthand corner of the photo, that's where the media seats were.


Home-state pride was abundant, so I thought I'd see where the California delegation got to sit. They had pretty good seats, mostly because they were so numerous they took up an entire arena section.


Of course, there were funny hats. I personally am a big fan of funny hats at political conventions. Some traditions shouldn't change!

Over the top

This was the precise moment when Bernie Sanders called for the convention to unanimously accept Hillary Clinton as their official nominee, at the end of the state roll call. This shot shows the angle we had from the media seats -- a clear view of the stage, and our own little video screen with closed-captioning.

Media Tent

Our little corner of one of the three gigantic media tents. This was shot from where the occupiers did their thing, so as you can see, we had front row seats for the demonstration.

Occupied signs

Signs pasted on the windows of the media tent after the occupiers left.

Clarence Page

You could bump into all sorts of media types in the tents -- I spotted Clarence Page talking on his phone, and was pleased to see a Grateful Dead emblem on the back of it. He told me Jerry Garcia had given it to him after an interview.

Stronger Together

My wife took this (and almost all of the other photos here, I should mention). This was on Day Four, when Hillary was about to speak.


The card trick wasn't really all that well planned, I have to admit.

Balloon drop

Finally, the balloons drop! Woo hoo!

Three Mile Island

This is just a random vacation photo I took later on, when we visited a friend in Western Pennsylvania after the convention. Before "TMI" meant what it does now, it was known by anyone who lived through it as the abbreviation for Three Mile Island, in Harrisburg.

-- Chris Weigant


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14 Comments on “Photos From Philly”

  1. [1] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    Great photos and great coverage of the DNC! Thanks for giving us the experience of being there without us having to be there!

  2. [2] 
    Michale wrote:

    Interesting to note..

    Not an American Flag ANYWHERE.... :^/ A picture is truly worth a thousands words..


    "It's funny cuz it's true"
    -Homer Simpson


    Great pics, CW..


  3. [3] 
    TheStig wrote:

    Something seems odd about this post.....ah ha! Not A Single Selfie! Unprecedented in the modern era!

    Clinton's bounce continues to look real, across the board, polls and markets. In fact, it's beginning to look like an unusually big example of the species (Bouncis demacratus). A reset to the political metrics seen in June-July and still trending up.

  4. [4] 
    Michale wrote:

    Trump is also in the unique position of being positioned to attack Hillary from both the left and the right. He’ll go after her as a warmonger and a free trader and fiscally irresponsible and corrupt. As we’ve seen in the primaries, he has an uncanny ability to hone in on his rivals’ Achilles’ heels. Then he kicks them until they fall.

    In the end, Hillary’s biggest liability may be overconfidence. She clearly doesn’t think much of Trump’s intellect, his political acumen or his campaign chops. Big mistake. This guy is many things, some of them very bad. But he is not stupid. Donald Trump is one of the most formidable politicians of our lifetimes. He can win.


    That's what ya'all just don't get about this election or Donald Trump..

    All conventional thinking, all historical precedent, all experience and expertise??

    Trump nullifies ALL of it...

    "Let me tell you about those skills, Slick. As of right now, they mean precisely dick.."
    -Agent K, MEN IN BLACK


  5. [5] 
    apophis wrote:

    [3] TheStig

    I was hoping to see CW with a funny hat.
    Great pics.

    With Mr Trump's campaign imploding, I believe we will see Mrs Clinton's numbers rise over the next couple of weeks.

  6. [6] 
    Michale wrote:

    With Mr Trump's campaign imploding,

    And another TRUMP IS TOAST prediction.. :D

    33rd?? 34th??? :D


  7. [7] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    OK, OK, ask and ye shall receive. I didn't include this one because I thought it was too self-serving. But here you go -- this is on Day Zero (Sunday) when media were allowed to roam the arena to get acclimated. This is as close as I could get to the podium without being tackled by the Secret Service. Also, technical note: that Orioles hat is funny, but it wasn't the one I wore for the rest of the convention because it was windy and I needed one I could tighten. The one I wore was all black, orange bird logo on front, bright orange brim. Anyway, enjoy:



  8. [8] 
    Michale wrote:

    Anyway, enjoy:

    I feel like Pamela in SUPERNATURAL who just gazed upon Castiel... :D


  9. [9] 
    Balthasar wrote:

    Great Photos. Just great. I particularly like the one of Clarence Page. Love the selfie, too. Looks like you're chillin'..

  10. [10] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    OK, one last one for those who were playing the "spot Chris" game.


    The one on the left I consider to be a "funny hat" even if not entirely on topic, but the one on the right was the one I wore for most of the convention. Go Orioles!


  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    Go Orioles!



  12. [12] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Hopeless. :)

  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    Yea, but funny as hell.. :D


  14. [14] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    Michale [11] -

    No, no, that's the other Baltimore team named for a bird.

    "The bird is the word."
    -The Trashmen, "Surfin' Bird"



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