Tuesday's Democratic convention held fewer surprises, discord and uncertainties than Monday's opening day. Deep into the state-by-state roll call of delegates, Bernie Sanders asked that Hillary Clinton be named the Democratic nominee by acclamation.
The well-choreographed event highlighted Hillary Clinton's advocacy for women, minorities, health and crime victims. Videos highlighting offensive quotes from Donald Trump were juxtaposed with polished videos giving testament to Clinton's empathy, compassion and diplomatic prowess. While actress Elizabeth Banks spoofed Donald Trump's "over the top entrance" at the Republican National Convention, a diverse speakers' list offered heartfelt praise for Clinton as a leader and caring human being.
Keynote speaker and husband to Hillary, former President Bill Clinton, was in his usual, fine speaking form, starting his 45-minute keynote speech with the words, "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl." Telling stories about how his wife turned down his first two marriage proposals and later shepherded his career, President Clinton's personal testimony worked to counteract his wife's negative image among many voters as an untrustworthy and self-serving creature of politics. He also, like every other speaker, touted Hillary's career successes. "She is still the best-known change maker I have ever known."
President Obama will give the highlight address on Wednesday. Here's the DNC's list of major speakers:
Erica Smegielski, daughter of the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary who was killed while trying to protect her students.
Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, S.C.
Jamie Dorff, widow of an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq.
Vice President Joe Biden
President Barack Obama