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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.4-26-2016 8-37-40 AM

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?

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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.

HD1_7719 (Custom)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.

HD1_7727 (Custom)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.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow moderated an hour-long town hall with Hillary Clinton after a day filled with campaign stops in Philadelphia. The town hall was scheduled to begin taping at 5:30pm, but started at nearly 6PM as Clinton was running a little late.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow moderated an hour-long town hall with Hillary Clinton after a day filled with campaign stops in Philadelphia. The town hall was scheduled to begin taping at 5:30pm, but started at nearly 6PM as Clinton was running a little late from her many appearances yesterday.

Hillary was jovial in her Q&A with Rachel, but got serious when a protestor stood up and asked Hillary Clinton about women and families who are being held in immigration detention facilities. Instead of ignorning her, Rachel Maddow turned and asked Hillary Clinton the question the women wanted to know. Clinton said she was against that and when she was elected she would end family detention and pass immigration reform. The women sat down, but the security guards did take away her protest sign.

Hillary was jovial in her Q&A with Rachel, but got serious when a protestor stood up and asked Hillary Clinton about women and families who are being held in immigration detention facilities. Instead of ignoring her, Rachel Maddow turned and asked Hillary Clinton the question the women wanted to know. Clinton said she was against that and when she was elected she would end family detention and pass immigration reform. The women sat down, but the security guards did take away her protest sign.

Everything was light and jovial, with Hillary stressing to Rachel that she is 2.5 million votes ahead of Bernie, and has 250 Super Delgates, so she's not worried.

Everything was light and jovial, with Hillary stressing to Rachel that she is 10 million votes ahead of Bernie, and has 250 Super Delegates and she was well on her way to the nomination.

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.

More on Hillary Clinton’s Town Hall at MSNBC

 

 

While Clinton was still on stage, Bernie Sanders arrived at the side door of the Constitution Center on 6th Street. He was not happy when he heard Clinton was still on stage as he expected to just enter the building, and not see her before taking the stage to be interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes. At one point he told his police escort, and entourage that he was going to skip the MSNBC Town Hall and they should prepare to leave. MSNBC assured him that they would not see each other. People on the scene said Bernie emerged from his suv red faced, and did not turn and wave to his supporters. Hillary on the other hand emerged from the building with a broad smile waving to the crowd as she got into her SUV. BTW that is Rachel Maddow 3rd from the right, carrying her bags to her waiting SUV.

While Clinton was still on stage, Bernie Sanders arrived at the side door of the Constitution Center on 6th Street. He was not happy when he heard Clinton was still on stage as he expected to just enter the building, and not see her before taking the stage to be interviewed by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. At one point he told his police escort, and entourage that he was going to skip the MSNBC Town Hall and they should prepare to leave. MSNBC assured him that they would not see each other. My friend, who is a Bernie Sanders supporter, told me Bernie emerged from his suv red faced, and did not turn and wave to his supporters instead bee lining into the side door, which for a supporter was disappointing she said. Hillary on the other hand emerged from the building with a broad smile waving to the crowd as she got into her SUV. No word on whether they passed each other in the hallowed halls of the Constitution Center, but chances are they didn’t since it seemed to be a Bernie priority. BTW that is Rachel Maddow 3rd from the right, carrying her bags to her waiting SUV.  I did love the Black Men for Bernie buses, and supporters. Rachel said hello to them and shook all their hands. UPDATE: Friends tell me that sure enough Bernie came in one door, and Hillary exited a different door. They never saw each other. 

MSNBC's Chris Hayes with Bernie Sanders at the MSNBC Town Hall Meeting at the National Constitution Center.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes with Bernie Sanders at the MSNBC Town Hall Meeting at the National Constitution Center as they prepare to go on air for the Town Meeting.  My Bernie Sanders friend said Bernie seemed tired and didn’t exhibit the spunk that he normally exudes, “so I knew something was wrong. “

Bernie seemed optomistic about the turnout for today's primary, but did concede it would be a battle to win if he didn't win any delegates. He did say that his end goal was to beat the Republicans. That is not an option to have a republican as a president. Their goals do not match my goals at all.

Bernie seemed optimistic about the turnout for Tuesday’s primary, but did concede it would be a battle to win if he didn’t win any delegates. He did say that his end goal was to beat the Republicans and is was not an option to have a republican as a president. Their goals do not match my goals at all.

I don't think Bernie ever recovered from his anger on arrival as he was tense for the whole interview, often looking at his watch during the break as he was eager to get to his next stop, Drexel University for a rally where actress Susan Sarandon was scheduled to speak on his behalf.

I don’t think Bernie ever recovered from his arrival as he was tense for the whole interview, often looking at his watch during the break as he was eager to get to his next stop, Drexel University for a rally where actress Susan Sarandon was scheduled to speak on his behalf. I don’t blame him, I’d want to spend as much time with Susan as possible. Toucha, toucha toucha touch me, I want to be dirty. Love her.

Here’s more on the Bernie Sanders interview at MSNBC

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When I left I snapped this photo. So go #FindYourPark and take a photo

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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.

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The Rally at City Hall for Hillary Clinton (TY to one of my friends for this pix)

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Hillary waves to the voters as she leaves the rally and heads back to her car. Note the guy on the left with the flashlight so she can “see” where she’s going