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President Barack Obama is being joined by his family after just finishing his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (video by Lynn Sweet)

President Barack Obama is joined by Vice President Joe Biden and their families on the stage as confetti falls, wrapping up the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (video by Lynn Sweet)

(video by Lynn Sweet)

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(photo by Lynn Sweet)

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Illinois has prime seats on the Democratic convention floor, and for the Wednesday session labor leaders from the state were front row center. The group pictured above are Tom Balanoff, SEIU and a longtime Obama friend; Toby Trimmer, IFT; Dan Montgomery, IFT president; Tony Garcia, UAW and Ron McInroy, UAW president.

(video by Lynn Sweet)

I shot this video while Sandra Fluke was at the podium and panned a lineup of Illinois Democratic officials and candidates: From the top of the sweep, House hopeful Bill Foster, Democratic Party of Illinois chairman Mike Madigan, Rep. Jerry Costello, Gov. Pat Quinn, Lt. Gov Sheila Simon and her husband Perry, Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Mike Madigan casting the Illinois ballots at the Democratic Convention
(video by Lynn Sweet)

CHARLOTTE-- It was just before midnight Friday when Illinois House Speaker and State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan cast the state delegation's 196 votes to nominate a "son of Illinois," President Barack Obama, for re-election.

That happened to be 19 votes short of the 215 votes allotted to Illinois by the Democratic Party.

What gives? Somebody still holding out for Hillary?

A Madigan spokesman explained that under Democratic National Committee rules each state must submit a signed tally sheet with the names of each of its electors.

Illinois did not receive its tally sheet until 5 p.m. Tuesday and had to return it by noon Wednesday. Hence, nineteen people never got around to signing.

It's not as if Obama needed the votes.

(video by Lynn Sweet)


AP Source: Obama personally intervened to change Dem platform language on Jerusalem, God.

4:12 PM9/5/2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Democrats restore references to God and Jerusalem to platform.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Democratic Party's platform makes no reference to God, drawing criticism from Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Ryan tells Fox News' "Fox & Friends" the change is not in keeping with the country's founding documents and principles and suggests the Obama administration is behind the decision. The Republican platform mentions God 12 times.

The 2008 Democratic Party platform made a single reference to God, referring to the "God-given potential" of working people.

The new platform does contain a plank on faith, saying it "has always been a central part of the American story." The platform says the nation was founded on the principle of religious freedom and the ability of people to worship as they please. It also praises the work of faith-based organizations.

Obama, Sasha and Malia watching 'Mom-in-Chief'

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President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch first lady Michelle Obama addressing the Democratic National Convention in the Treaty Room of the White House. (Photo from the White House)