For the fourth and final night, the 2016 Democratic National Convention saw speakers trumpeting a message of unity and singing the praise of the party’s presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday night (July 28).
The Dems’ grand finale featured a jazzy, percussion-heavy set from drummer and Prince collaborator Sheila E. and her family. New York governor Andrew Cuomo, representative Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), representative Tim Ryan (Ohio), governor Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania) and governor John Hickenhooper (Colorado) among others each offered some version of “Hillary gets it” but the loudest cheers came when shade was thrown at Clinton’s political opponent Donald Trump.
The anti-Trump quotables of the night came from former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, who remixed Carly Simon‘s 1973 chart-topper “You’re So Vain,” saying, “Donald, you’re so vain. I bet you think this speech is about you, don’t you?” The father of a Muslim-American war hero, Khizr Khan, offered to Trump, “Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy.” Even NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar began his piece with a ha-ha moment. “Hello everyone, I’m Michael Jordan and I’m here with Hillary,” he said. “I said that because I know Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
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The #ImWithHer supporters were then treated to a mini-Katy Perry set. Clad in a shimmery silver dress, the singer urged Philly to participate in this year’s election to vote Hillary. “I’m asking you to have an open mind and to use your voice because on November 8th, we’ll be just as powerful as any NRA lobbyist, you’ll have as much say as any billionaire or you can cancel out your weird cousin’s vote if you like,” she said. “Here’s how I’m going to use my voice — I’m going to vote for Hillary Clinton.” She then bragged about having a couple of voice messages from HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton) and a couple of Hillary-themed dresses in her closet before plugging hillaryclinton.com for a chance to see Clinton on the campaign trail. Perry then launched into a hard-hitting performance of her recently released victory song “Rise” to a sea of cell phone camera lights. She then transitioned into the 2013 rally-ready hit “Roar.”
Even the music selection in between speeches would be Shonda Rhimes-approved including classics like Curtis Mayfield’s 1970 jam “Move On Up”.
Appearing via video, Scandal star Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitz Grant III on the ABC hit series, put on his blue suit and occupied a space his on-screen character was familiar with… the White House. Actors Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, the former one of “Hillary’s closest friends” since 1978, also lent their star power to the caucus.
Members of the glitterati who backed Clinton were also in attendance including actor Bradley Cooper, comic Chelsea Handler, actress Chloe Grace Moretz (who will be heading to the ballot for the first time this November) and actor Orlando Bloom (who was later spotted with girlfriend Katy Perry in the crowd). Profound co-signs also came from the not-so-famous including a Detroit home care worker, a mother who worked two jobs to support her family, the families of fallen officers, a U.S. Army veteran and even, Republicans.
The preamble to Clinton’s speech came with an aw-inducing speech from the candidate’s daughter Chelsea Clinton, who walked out to Justin Timberlake‘s feel-good ditty “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” She recalled memories of her mother being there for her through each sports practice and bedtime story before harping on Clinton’s commitment to service for others. “People ask me all the time how does she do it — how does she keep going amid the sound and the fury of politics? Here’s how. It’s because she never ever forgets who she’s fighting for,” she said. She added, “I know with all my heart that my mother will make us proud as our next president.”
Following a highlight reel of her life narrated by Morgan Freeman with cameos from President Barack Obama and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton touched the stage to the sounds of Rachel Platten‘s “Fight Song.” After giving a recap of the DNC’s week and shout outs to her running mate Tim Kaine and opponent-turned-supporter Bernie Sanders, the Secretary of State gave America a pep talk while firing shots at Trump. “So don’t let anyone tell you our country is weak — we’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes — we do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says, ‘I, alone, can fix it.'”
Political beef aside, Clinton said her campaign tagline #StrongerTogether was a guiding principle for a country where “love trumps hate,” which sent the crowd erupting into cheers. She then accepted the Democratic nomination for president of United States and recognized the historical moment-in-the-making as the first female candidate. “Because when any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone,” she said. “After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”