When the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention came to a close, Mariya Brewer of Philadelphia said the event had been a positive experience for her.
“I love what Hillary stands for, so I’m a supporter,” she said.
She was also interested in what the DNC means for the city.
“We’re excited about what this convention is going mean in terms of history for Philadelphia,” she said, citing how a number of other past candidates have been nominated in Philadelphia before moving on to the White House. She said now they were going to go for another.
Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders each addressed the DNC Monday. Michelle Obama’s speech in particular stood out to those listening and watching remotely.
“You see them all the time on CNN, you read about them, you see different memes online, but its totally different when you are just like a hand reach away from them,” said Michael Whitaker after the convention’s Monday session.
He said the atmosphere felt honest, genuine and that there was a sense of unity rather than division.
“You just feel like you’re one of them almost,” he said. “It feels like a family.”
“Tonight was just moving,” Whitaker said. “It was great to hear her (Michelle Obama) endorse Hillary Clinton. It was just a great atmosphere. The energy was amazing. The people around me, they were touched.”
Michael said Michelle seemed like she was about to cry, and it made him feel like crying as well.
“It was magnificent,” said Jordan Krsnik of the group Hollywood for Hillary. “It was Dem unity in its finest form. It was beautiful to watch.”
Krsnik said the people had now come together and were ready to support Hillary in her campaign.
When Sanders came on stage, he did not immediately start to speak, perhaps because of all the noise the crowd was making. Philadelphia this week has seen a few demonstrations at the hands of Sander’s supporters.
“They got to voice their feelings, and that’s what this is all about,” Krsnik said. “That’s what democracy’s about.”
He said the people making noise were a minority. And for Krsnik, Michelle Obama’s address to those in the Wells Fargo Center was his favorite.
“I’ve never seen Michelle Obama in person before, so that was special.”
He had seen people on social media reacting positively to her words.
“Everybody is freaking out because it was that powerful, important, poignant, transformational,” Krsnik said.