DNC Highlights: from Hillary's Historic Nomination to Katy Perry's "Rise"

DNC Highlights: from Hillary's Historic Nomination to Katy Perry's "Rise"

This week saw the Democratic National Convention, where the party found much-needed unity, coming together to champion Hillary Clinton as its official nominee. Here are the highlights

This week saw the Democratic National Convention, where the party found much-needed unity, coming together to champion Hillary Clinton as its official nominee. Here are the highlights

Text: Ian David Monroe

THE LADY WHO HAS LIVED LONGER THAN WOMEN HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO VOTE

At 102-years-old, Jerry Emmett has lived long enough to see women gain the right to vote, and also the first women nominated to run for President in a major political party. Those two events occurred nearly 96 years apart. To see her so proudly confirm her state of Arizona's delegates to Clinton was incredible, and an empowering sign of progress.

BERNIE SANDERS' BROTHER LARRY

Emmett wasn't the only delegate to give a tear-inducing proclamation. During the roll call of delegates, candidate Bernie Sanders' brother, Larry, gave a touching anecdote about how proud his mom and dad would be of their son. It was a bittersweet moment given that Hillary was already the presumed nominee.

OBAMA'S NEW CATCH PHRASE

President Obama has proven himself an incredible orator over and over again, so to say he gave a great speech at the DNC would only be stating the obvious. However, the real stand out of his speech was a (presumably) off the cuff remark: "Don't boo, vote." A simple command, but also an incredibly important one. This is not the election to watch from the sidelines and complain, a point made clear when the President said, "Democracy is not a spectator sport."

LADY GAGA COVERS NEIL YOUNG AND THE BEATLES AT DNC EVENT

Lady Gaga avoided the main stage of the DNC, opting instead to show support in a less publicized venue. The singer performed "Old Man," "Come Together," and more at a DNC delegate event in Camden, New Jersey.

RISING UP WITH KATY PERRY

If there is one pop star that has stood with Hillary Clinton the longest, it's Katy Perry. The "Rise" singer has performed at past Clinton rallies and frequently posts Instagrams using the campaign's slogan #StandWithHer. Last night, she delivered the final musical performance of the week.

MICHELLE OBAMA'S TRIUMPHANT SPEECH

Melania Trump probably should've just plagiarized this speech, to be honest. FLOTUS Michelle Obama chose to appeal to the ethos of mothers, and parents, everywhere during her speech in support of Clinton, and in doing so gave one of the most touching accounts of the week. Her speech also delivered a line sure to go down in history: "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves." Not to be dramatic, but we don't deserve Michelle Obama.

HILLARY CLINTON MAKES HISTORY

The undeniable highlight, and final moment, of the convention, of course, belongs to Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential candidate ever nominated to represent a major political party. In an undeniably patriarchal system, this moment could not be more important in the long road to equality of the sexes.

BONUS: PRESIDENT OF PANEM?

Yes, it was cool to see the portraits of every past President, ending with the beaming Democratic nominee, but isn't there something a little Hunger Games about it? Like, can't you just imagine her welcoming the people of Panem and saying, "Let the Hunger Games begin!"?

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