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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)

The speeches - Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention

With reporting from the staff of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Obama says he is worn from raising campaign cash "If you're sick of hearing me approve this message. Believe me, so am I." #DNCnatasha korecki
President Obama accepts nomination #DNCnatasha korecki
Sasha, Malia..."yes, you do have to go to school in the morning." #DNCnatasha korecki
Watch DNC President Obama Video Biopicpbsnewshour
Michelle Obama back up to the stage. .."tonight, I am so thrilled and so honored to introduce the love of my life...Barack Obama" #DNCnatasha korecki
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin: 'We Must Walk Forward, Together'pbsnewshour
#dnc2012 Sen. Dick Durbin, serial Obama convention introducer..Durbin zings to Mitt, et al..."we are all in this alone,"Lynn Sweet
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin takes the stage, recalling the odyssey he and Barack Obama took together as Illinois lawmakers #DNCnatasha korecki
#DNC Biden wrapped up, Jill joins him on stage..what a hug!..I can see Michelle on her feet applauding.Lynn Sweet
#dnc2012 Biden on the future...direction we turn is in your hands...teleprompter has in your hands underlined.Lynn Sweet
#dnc2012 Biden downsizing Mitt, Ryan Sweet
Cannot even hear Joe Biden because standing crowd drowns him out, "It never ever makes sense to bet against the American people!" #DNCnatasha korecki
New one from Biden "voucher care "Lynn Sweet
Vice President Joe Biden on bin Laden "America's heart had to be healed" #dnc korecki
Vice President Joe Biden: "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!!" #DNCnatasha korecki
Biden slams "the Bain Way" - Lynn SweetCHARLOTTE, N.C.--Vice President Joe Biden is taking on Mitt Romney's top credential for the Oval Office, his time a Bain Capitol. Romney ...
Biden takes direct hit at "the Bain Way" #dnc2012 "Conviction, resolve, Barack Obama" saved the auto industryLynn Sweet
#dnc2012 Biden "We'ver turned a corner" August jobless numbers out Friday.Lynn Sweet
#DNC2012 Good Biden soundbite: He does not see Obama "in soundbited."Lynn Sweet
Biden's turn. #DNC2012. "A journey we have finished yet" a core concept Obama/Biden re-elect argument.Lynn Sweet
#dnc212 Biden getting mushy on "she's always loved me" Asked to marry her 5 times.Lynn Sweet
Vice President Joe Biden strikes on stage to a sea of waving red white and blue "Ready for Joe."natasha korecki
8:29 | Vice President Joe Biden takes the stage to a standing ovation.
Excerpts from Joe Biden's Democratic National Convention speech @suntimes #politicsCraig Newman
All of Obama's campaign promises, we track them on our #obameter. #DNC2012PolitiFact
Dr. Jill Biden: 'Joe Always Works To Give People a Sense of Hope'pbsnewshour
#DNC2012 The "Ready for Joe" signs are being passed out across the well as the "Fired Up."Lynn Sweet
Watch DNC Video Biopic of Vice President Joe Bidenpbsnewshour
Thousands of people in the audience waving blue signs that say "Thank You" as veterans file off of stage. #DNCnatasha korecki
#dnc2012 thank you signs across the hall as vets get thank you Sweet
Coming up on stage as this video plays A group of vetsLynn Sweet
John Kerry on the Truth-O-Meter #DNC2012PolitiFact
Mass. Sen. John Kerry: 'This Is Not the Time to Outsource the Job of Commander in Chief'pbsnewshour
"we believe in Barack Obama " John Kerry,next sec state Sweet
Kerry hammering Romney: "Mitt Romney talks like he's only seeing Russia by watching Rocky IV" #DNCnatasha korecki
#dnc2012 john kerry getting his revengeLynn Sweet
Best line of the #DNC? John Kerry: "Ask Osama Bin Laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago."natasha korecki
Former pres candidate John Kerry takes the stage: "I say to you, this is not the time to outsource the job of commander in chief." #DNCnatasha korecki
Florida GOP said Charlie Crist was pro-life, pro-gun and anti-tax. Mostly True, says @PolitiFactFL #DNC2012PolitiFact
Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist: I Didn't Leave GOP, 'It Left Me'pbsnewshour
Video tribute played of the late Geraldine Ferraro. It is simple, replaying her own speech from a Democratic convention #DNCnatasha korecki
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer: Mitt Romney 'Wrong Man To Be President'pbsnewshour
Did Romney say 'not worth moving heaven and earth' to get Osama bin Laden? Half True #DNC2012PolitiFact
Crowd politely claps as Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says Mitt Romney is a loyal American and a "good family man." #DNCnatasha korecki
Watch Actress Eva Longoria Speak at DNCpbsnewshour
"The Eva Longoria who flips Wendy burgers needs a tax break," she says of her youth. Eva Longoria who is now an actress "does not." #DNCnatasha korecki
Eva Longoria talks of Meager upbringing; how education was always top priority in family #dnc korecki
DNC 2012 - Jennifer Granholm Attacks Mitt Romney's Comment on Detriotwsjdigitalnetwork
#DNC2012 Jennifer Granholm is whipping up the crowd like no one else. Before the 2016 bandwagon starts, remember she was born in Canada. Oh.Lynn Sweet
Former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm is shouting, red-faced crowd drowning her out #DNCnatasha korecki
#DNC2012 Jennifer Granhold channels Ann Richards at the podium..from Michigan, where the trees are just the right size. Take that, MittLynn Sweet
Caroline Kennedy Speaks to DNC on Health Care, Women's Health, Votingpbsnewshour
Caroline Kennedy said four years ago she was inspired by Barack Obama's presidency. "Today, I'm inspired by his record." #DNCnatasha korecki
Caroline Kennedy says Obama gave "hope to the hopeless" and that she was inspired by Obama's vision for America. #DNCnatasha korecki
#DNC2012 Caroline Kennedy's primary endorsement of Obama in 2008 primary was a turning pointLynn Sweet
Watch Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Recite Pledge of Allegiance at DNCpbsnewshour
Arena chanting "GABBY GABBY!" As Gabrielle Giffords blows kisses to the audience and walks off stage with some assistance. #DNCnatasha korecki
#dnc2012 convention hall explodes when gabby giffords comes to stage with @DSW #DSW to lead the pledgeLynn Sweet
Standing ovation as Gabriel Giffords dramatically walks onto the stage. Giffords survived an assassination attempt. #DNCnatasha korecki
South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn: President Obama Brought 'Our Country Out From the Darkness'pbsnewshour
Actress Kerry Washington: 'We Are Not Invisible'pbsnewshour
Actress Scarlett Johansson: 'Vote, So That Your Voice Is Heard'pbsnewshour
Scarlett Johansson is trying to appeal to younger voters. Says she's "here to ask you to commit to vote." #DNCnatasha korecki
Scarlett Johansson dressed simply and still looks glamorous. #dnc korecki
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson up talking about growing up with other students who still use Planned Parenthood. #DNCnatasha korecki
ScarJo to tell us when she was little, her mom let her push the buttons in the voting booth. That's fraud! Arrest Natasha Romanoff!Richard Roeper
Watch the Foo Fighters Perform at the Democratic National Conventionpbsnewshour
Foo Fighters rocking it #dnc korecki
Watch Toledo GM Worker Kenyetta Jones Speak at DNCpbsnewshour
Watch Joe Biden Get Nominated for Vice President at DNCpbsnewshour
Zach Wahls, Son of a Lesbian Couple, Addresses DNCpbsnewshour
Watch DNC Video About President Obama's Support For Gay Marriagepbsnewshour
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: Responsibility Is What 'Being President Is All About'pbsnewshour
Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin: "President Obama Believes In Our Manufacturers"pbsnewshour
The DNC Through the Eyes of an Illegal Immigrantpbsnewshour
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: Election Is 'Personal For Every American'pbsnewshour
Watch Singer Mary J. Blige Perform at DNCpbsnewshour
Georgia Rep. John Lewis: 'Your Vote Is Precious, Almost Sacred'pbsnewshour
Watch DNC Video on Don't Ask-Don't Tellpbsnewshour
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank: We Should've Had 'Myth Romney'pbsnewshour
Florida Retiree Carol Berman Talks Health Care Reform at DNCpbsnewshour
Speakers set for final night of DNC - Sun-Times PoliticsMusician Marc Anthony performs on stage for a soundcheck during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable ...
Can Obama acceptance speech outshine Clinton's nomination? - Sun-Times PoliticsPresident Bill Clinton, despite some partisan disagreement with policy, was universally lauded Wednesday night after his nomination speec...
John Kerry stops to talk to reporters about Obama's speech tonight. #dnc korecki

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Gabrielle Giffords leads Democratic delegates in pledge

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Video by Natasha Korecki

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) won a standing ovation as she carefully walked across the stage at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

Then, standing at the center of the stage, with a video of a giant American Flag behind her, Giffords led the arena, packed with some 20,000, in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

Giffords offered a real symbol of "hope" after she survived being shot in the head by a gunman in 2010.

The crowd erupted into applause and cheers as she blew kisses on her way back off the stage.

In the face of the deepest economic crisis in our lifetimes -- this nation proved itself. We're as worthy as any generation that has gone before us.

The same grit, the same determination, the same courage, that has always defined what it's meant to be an American--is in you.

We're on a mission to move this nation forward -- from doubt and downturn, to promise and prosperity.

A mission we will continue and a mission we will complete.


The two men seeking to lead this country over the next four years have fundamentally different visions, and a completely different value set.

Governor Romney believes that in the global economy, it doesn't much matter where American companies put their money or where they create jobs.

I found it fascinating last week--when Governor Romney said, that as President, he'd take a jobs tour. Well with all his support for outsourcing -- it's going to have to be a foreign trip.

Look, President Obama knows that creating jobs in America -- keeping jobs in America -- and bringing jobs back to America -- is what being President is all about.


My fellow Americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history.

And the direction we turn is in your hands.

It has been an honor to serve you, and to serve with a President who has always stood up for you.

As I've said, I've seen him tested.

Via @GuardianUS

Foo Fighters rock the arena at the DNC

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Hours before Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards, the Foo Fighters rocked the music world at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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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.

President Bill Clinton, despite some partisan disagreement with policy, was universally lauded Wednesday night after his nomination speech on behalf of President Obama. It was, because of the men's relative disdain for eachother, in many ways a historic moment.

He was wonky, didn't shy away from policy, was defiant of Republican claims without being mean-spirited and painted Obama as a man doing more than enough to turn around a mess that takes more than three years to clear up.

In short, many pundits say Clinton did masterfully in 45 minutes what Obama has been unable to do in his years in office - he communicated vision, goals, challenges and hard realities in his folksy, but knowledgable way. In fact, it had many journalists and political pros asking if maybe Clinton's resounding victory at the podium didn't set Obama with too high a bar in his own speech Thursday night.

What some of the watchers are saying:

And many watchers are asking if the rousing speech, heavy on hope and change, that Obama delivered in Denver in 2008 is within reach again for a president who's taken hits in nearly every pollable area of his tenure in the White House.