Feel the Bern, Bernie Sanders has a Meltdown , Hillary Clinton Rally’s and U MUST VOTE TODAY
Good Tuesday morning. Happy Primary Day, Feel the Bern! Go Vote. Everyone knows I’m voting for Hillary Clinton, someone called into question me being a reporter and being so open about who I’m voting for. As I always tell people I am not a reporter, I do work in the press, the media takes my photos and they take my stories. If Hillary had had a meltdown I would have written about it, I’ve written about people I like who have meltdowns, or do things that might not be popular, like tweeting about my friend Councilwomen Cindy Bass wearing a Vote for Chaka Fattah button to the Hillary rally yesterday. It’s good to have solid friends like that, ones that aren’t afraid of being associated with someone who might be indicted, but definitely hasn’t used common sense. Anywho, here’s my story about yesterday.
MSNBC was super nice inviting me and three other photographers to photograph back-to-back MSNBC town halls with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Constitution Center yesterday. The whole thing was embargoed, meaning I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone til a certain time. It was fascinating because they were pre taping the shows at 5:30PM for Hillary, and 6:30PM for Bernie; and both of them had scheduled events afterwards. Hillary was doing a City Hall Rally in the courtyard at 7:15PM. There was a line at 330PM when I went by and captured these two charmers. Seriously where can I get that outfit on the left?
Then it was on to the Constitution Center where there was a healthy line waiting to get into the Kirby Auditorium. About 200 people can fit in the auditorium, each campaign offered seats to their supporters who had to fill out a questionnaire and then were chosen to attend. From the questionnaires a few people were chosen to ask the candidate questions that they had noted on their entry.
I sat with the reporters, mostly the “Pool Reporters” who follow each of their assigned candidates to report on and feed their news agencies stories at each candidates stop. Sometimes Pool Reports can be very funny, as I am subscribed to the White House one, and I usually tweet about them as they happen if they’re funny. So if POTUS, FLOTUS, VPotus or Mrs VPotus is in our area I hear all about their trip, what they’re wearing, who they waved at and if they trip. It’s fun to be a fly on the wallk, which is the kind of reporting I like to do too. So here they are, the folks behind the scenes who you read everyday. They’re all dressed so nice, glad I didn’t wear shorts.
And we get to watch the close circuit feed of the events going on inside the Kirby Auditorium. The MSNBC folks would bring the photographers in, there were only three of us – Inquirer, AP and moi, towards the end of the hours so we could get pixs without interrupting the goin ons. Nothing more annoying to me too, then the clicking of a camera when a performance is going on. I was super excited to photograph and see Bernie Sanders in person (and Rachel Maddow – PS I have a bucket list) That is why I chose to cover the MSNBC Town Hall over Hillary’s Rally at City Hall or Chelsea Clinton’s Meet and Greet at Coda.
One of my friends said “During the commercial breaks they couldn’t stop Hillary from talking to us and she stood at the end and asked for our votes.”
Some of Hillary’s highlights that delighted the audience: Legalization of marijuana; Hillary on feminism – women deserve all the rights men have, equally; and restoring voting rights to felons. On whether she would offer Sanders a spot in her White House, she said her cabinet is going to represent the United States, 50% of it will be women. That’s an answer without an answer.
Here’s more on the Bernie Sanders interview at MSNBC
When I left I snapped this photo. So go #FindYourPark and take a photo
The Black Men for Bernie head towards Drexel University I thought, but later learned they went to City Hall to blow their horns as Hillary was rallying her supporters. I was a little surprised. I don’t know how to insert videos into my blog yet, so click the link to see the video if you want.
The Rally at City Hall for Hillary Clinton (TY to one of my friends for this pix)