Michelle Obama straight nails it

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What the White House is Talking About:

Michelle Obama’s speech won the night, and probably the rest of the nights. In fact, the only speech that might compete will be the president’s own.

What the White House Press Corps is Talking About:

Fatigue. Between the heat, the spread out landscape, the downpours, parties, protests, and deadlines, day one DNC was exhausting.

Michelle Obama Straight Nails It:

My favorite part: “I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves. And I’ve watched my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black, young women, playing with their dog on the White House lawn.” I mean. People will talk about that speech, which was co-written by Mrs. Obama’s longtime speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz, for years and years to come. It was authentic, it was human.

POTUS Weighs In:


Dress Like FLOTUS:

She wore a custom, blue Christian Siriano, so this is one of those times when you can’t dress like her exactly. (Rent the Runway has some similar.) The shoes were the J.Crew “Elise” metallic pumps, long ago sold out.

Siriano, who won Project Runway in 2008, also designed the dress Obama wore to the Dallas police officers’ memorial two weeks ago. (Similar, again at RTR.)

Today’s Hot Party Invite:

Glamour Magazine and Facebook: Cocktails & Conversation with Chelsea Clinton, Lena Dunham, America Ferrera, and Glamour EIC Cindi Leive. Plus a “surprise” performance. Gaga? Katy Perry? I’ll be there so I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, At Donald Trump’s DC Hotel:

Word now there will be wine tastings administered in spoons. So the hoi polloi can taste the really huge, tremendous, fancy ones. But the spoons are silver, so it’s better.

The Trump International Washington, D.C. Hotel opens September 12. This is what the main lobby, called The Cortile, looks like:

Image via Trump International

I don’t know what Cortile means — it’s not in the dictionary. Email me if you know the reference: kate@ijr.com.

See You at the Impact Arts Film Festival:

At 2 p.m. for Norman Lear: Another Side of You and fun conversation! Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street.

What Philadelphia is Talking About:

Another day of highs in the 90s today, but at least it’s not supposed to rain again.

What America is Talking About:

Michelle Obama.

The DNC Has Everything the RNC Didn’t:

I saw more protests after a few hours in Philadelphia than I did the whole week in Cleveland. The scene outside Wells Fargo Center was aggressively anti-Clinton:

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Also, there was actual “showbiz” at the DNC, and even on Day One, the arena was packed, something you didn’t see at the Q until the final day.

Never Hillary:

The DNC teetered on a Cruz-like meltdown all night, with audible boos bubbling up at different moments, but it never fully boiled over. Overtures to disgruntled Dems were baked into the program, from Sanders-backer Sarah Silverman who told the crowd, “To the Bernie or Bust people, you’re being ridiculous,” to handing out actual “Bernie” signs to the crowd (can you imagine Cruz signs being passed out at the RNC?).

And while the Repub runner-up told voters to “vote their conscience,” the Dem runner-up was crystal clear: “Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”

But not every Bernie Bro is following their leader, though. At a rally for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, I spotted lots of Sanders gear. One former Sanders voter I talked to, Alice Spicer from Orlando, made a sign that spelled out “Jill” with “Feel the Bern” stickers:

Independent Journal Review: Hunter Schwarz

DNC Pop:

I spent time last week at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Philly doesn’t have a museum like that, but, they do have actual rock stars.

The DNC was part concert with performances by Paul Simon and Demi Lovato. Demi thankfully performed a song other than “Cool For The Summer,” which you might remember she released last summer, and kept performing even after the summer ended (like at New Years Rockin’ Eve) and into summer 2016. I breathed a sigh of relief when the horns from “Confident” started up.

Getty Images: Jessica Kourkounis

Grace Potter also performed yesterday, at Head Count Convention cosponsored by Billboard and GRAMMYs on the Hill. Spotted at the event were Sen. Barbara Boxer and Jim Messina.

Independent Journal Review: Hunter Schwarz

Watch this space all week for DNC pop star sightings.

Come Watch Movies With Me:

I’ll be moderating at the IMPACT Film Festival tomorrow here in Philadelphia. Join Kate and I at “Check It,” about a gay African American gang in D.C., tomorrow at10 a.m., and I’ll also be at “Newtown,” about the aftermath of the 2012 shooting, at 2 p.m. Get your tickets here and here.

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