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July 31, 2004

Four Nights: Links to All 738 Convention Night Photos

I've been posting the links to my DNC photos each night. Now that at least one resolution set of each gallery is online, I felt it was time to make a single entry where you can find it all in one place (the early days will start rolling off the main page and into the archive this weekend).

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Posted by amahler at 02:00 AM | Comments (0)

The Big Night: Final DNC Photo Set

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I finally have the gallery of the big night's shots online as of a few minutes ago. I'm sorry it took a day, but I shot over 800 photos that night alone (my rough totals are over 3,000 photos this week). This particular set includes 246 shots spread over eight pages.

These images focus very heavily on Governor Warner and the members of the Delegation as they celebrate this momentous step in John Kerry's road to the White House. There is a bit of redunancy in here, but even the slight variations between some shots tell a story. I hope these provide the Delegates, their familes, friends and interested viewers with a clearer picture of this dynamic event.

My head is spinning with thoughts and ideas today about this last week and I'm eager to take time to write a number of entries for this site. There are a ton of stories about everything from the politics to the photography to the technology and Boston itself that are percolating in my head and, for the moment, mostly coming out in conversations with friends by phone or in person. My time (and energy), though, have been pretty minimal and tomorrow begins the trek home. While I hope to not have seven hours of dead time to write in the airport like the lousy trip up here, I hope I might get some time on the plane (if you can fit a 17" Powerbook on the tray table). :) Whatever the case, I'm sure it will begin spilling out in the coming days along with captions and some improvements to the overall website.

Lots to come! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos...

- Aaron

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July 30, 2004

The Final Night: Preview

Well, folks... we've just heard the fantastic acceptance speech of our next President. What an amazing night!

As far as pictures go tonight, I only spent a little bit of time in the photo pen with the press photographers and that was to cover Governor Warner's walk to the podium and the first half of his speech. I used the second half to race back to the Delegation so I could get photos of them expressing their support for our superb Governor. I couldn't have pulled that off tonight without the help of a generous press photographer who overheard my query to the media floor controller and volunteered to swap me into her space in the jammed photographer's pen. I also had a cooperative Secret Service agent who worked with me to arrange the shoot-n-dash routine from the front of the floor to nearly the back where our Delegation was seated.

The press pens were jammed and the sheer volume of people tonight had the Secret Service and the floor control all over us to not block aisles, etc. The flexibility I had in previous nights to get into the press pens up front was going to be impossible tonight since it would have precluded me being able to get back and forth to the Delegation so I could visually document their experience. I'd never have gotten anything a few hundred press photographers wouldn't get, so my exclusive focus tonight was our story, from Governor Warner through the acceptance speech by John Kerry.

It's 3:35 AM, I'm elated but exhausted and plan to sleep in tomorrow before unwinding with a post-DNC day around Boston with my wife (we leave Saturday). I'll get the full gallery online sometime during the day and maybe even some more thoughts and fresh memories of the convention that I have so tremendously enjoyed these last four days.

I do want to take one moment here, though, to say thanks to the DPVA and the Virginia Delegation for inviting me to be their photographer and making it possible for me to experience this mind-blowing event. I hope the photos and the blog have served everyone well this last week and I look forward to the post-DNC posts from our Delegates (once they have time to get home and write). We're only just starting with Documenting Democracy, though. I can't think of a better way to get the ball rolling than focusing on our trip to Boston and witnessing the event that shares with the rest of world what we already knew before coming here: John Kerry and John Edwards are the men for the job and they are headed for the White House!

Good Night and Enjoy! - Aaron

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July 29, 2004

Wednesday Night Convention Photos

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Huge hurry here... it's the big night and the credentials game is in high gear. These are the minimally edited shots from last night. Wish me luck with tonight! :)

Posted by amahler at 03:34 PM | Comments (0)

Remarks Of Governor Mark R. Warner To The Democratic Convention

Good evening fellow Democrats, and a special good evening to my friends in Virginia. My name is Mark Warner. And I want to answer the question that a lot of you have been asking me all week. Yes, John Kerry can win in Virginia and across the South. And with your help, he will.

When I ran for governor, in 2001, all of the pundits said it couldn't be done. The Republicans controlled everything in Virginia back then. But thanks to the endless hard work of thousands of Virginia Democrats, lots of Republicans, independents, folks who hadn't voted Democratic in a long time, we proved the pundits wrong.

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Remarks Of John Kerry, Accepting The Democratic Nomination

The following is a transcript of remarks by John Kerry to the Democratic National Convention:

I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty!

We are here tonight because we love our country.

We're proud of what America is and what it can become.

My fellow Americans, we are here tonight united in one simple purpose: to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.

A great American novelist wrote that you can't go home again. He could not have imagined this evening. Tonight, I am home. Home where my public life began and those who made it possible live. Home where our nation's history was written in blood, idealism, and hope. Home where my parents showed me the values of family, faith, and country.

Thank you, thank you all of you, for a welcome home I will never forget.

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Posted by laura at 12:29 PM | Comments (0)

Taxi Cab Confessions

Having spent much of our time here in Boston in our own version of a war room, on the second floor of the Hotel Commonwealth, Ruth Anne, Anne and I finally had the chance to live it up a little here in Boston.

We had dinner at Legal Seafoods last night, a restaurant renowned for its clam chowdah. (Ruth Anne deemed it "very good and very fresh.") Our waiter, Paul, treated us to samples of true Boston cream pie.

Heading back to the hotel to watch John Edwards, we hopped in a cab driven by Ernie Preval, whose radio was blasting a speech from the convention floor. We asked him what he thought about some earlier speeches, and what he'd thought about Dennis Kucinich's speech.

"I think that his message did not exactly reflect the mainstream American values," Ernie told us, "and in that respect, I think his message was somewhat strange. But diversity is the bedrock of democracy, is it not?"

I love Boston, a town where the cab drivers put to shame even the most sage political pundits.

Posted by laura at 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

Socas On The Podium

One of Virginia's congressional candidates has earned a premium spot in Boston: A place at the podium on the final night of the Democratic convention.

James Socas, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf in the 10th District, will address convention delegates this afternoon around 4 p.m.

Congratulations to James for this honor!

Posted by laura at 09:58 AM | Comments (2)

Wednesday Night Convention: Preview

It's 3:20 AM and time for some much needed sleep... but I wanted to leave you with some choice shots from this tremendously exciting evening! The full gallery will be up tomorrow along with commentary and thoughts from members of the VA Delegation. Good night, all!

Posted by amahler at 03:17 AM | Comments (3)

July 28, 2004

John Edwards Speech to the 2004 Democratic National Convention

Thank you. Now, you know why Elizabeth is so amazing.

I am a lucky man: to have the love of my life at my side. We have been blessed with four beautiful children: Wade, Cate, Emma Claire, and Jack.

My mother and father, Wallace and Bobbie Edwards are here tonight. You taught me the values that I carry with me in my heart: faith, family, responsibility, and opportunity for everyone. You taught me that there’s dignity and honor in a hard days work. You taught me that you look out for your neighbors, you never look down on anybody, and you treat everyone with respect.

Those are the values John Kerry and I believe in, and nothing makes me prouder than standing with him in this campaign. I am so humbled to be your candidate for Vice President of the United States.

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Tuesday Night Convention Photos

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These took me a bit longer to get online than I would have liked, so I apologize for the delay. By the end of Tuesday night I was near the point of collapse from the schedule and, aside from a 7:10 AM live radio interview, had no choice but to get some additional sleep at the cost of missing our breakfast event. I'm going to write another entry - maybe later tonight - from a more personal perspective since there are so many stories to tell. Right now, though, I'm staying in the convention groove and am about to head out to try to focus on the delegation's official actions of the evening.

More to come...

Posted by amahler at 05:55 PM | Comments (0)

Beyond The Confetti

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Kerry J. Donley shared his thoughts about the convention so far:

Our delegation, like the whole convention, is united as a Democratic Party. And that is one of the most unique elements of this convention. Democrats are known for representing a variety of different perspectives, but this year we are singular in our focus in electing John Kerry as our next president.

What I think is significant for Virginia Democrats is that, while we are here officially nominating John Kerry, he's actually been campaigning in Virginia, which shows we are in play and we are an important part of the formula of success in the Democratic Party and the John Kerry campaign.

The same excitement we've seen in cities, towns and counties in Virginia is being replayed here in Boston. The excitement of our delegation is unmatched--we have one of the most diverse delegations of all of the states represented here in Boston and with that diversity also comes the enthusiasm that builds the momentum for victory.

What's been particularly notable here have been the messages from Democratic leaders across the nation, from Ted Kennedy to Bill Clinton to Barak Obama, the Senate candidate from Illinois. We have experienced a unified message--a stronger America, respected in the world. That is the theme of this convention, the theme of our campaign, and the theme that will reach voters in Virginia and in the United States. I hope all Virginians share in our enthusiasm about a positive future, a positive direction for our country.

Most voters see the fanfare, the speeches, the balloons and confetti. There's a tremendous amount of work that goes into putting on a national convention. The DNC has done a great job here in Boston, and the staff of the DPVA has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Virginia delegation is taken care of, credentials are delivered, and our events go off without a hitch. It has required a lot of long hours and a lot of hard work. We might be tired now, but we have to keep in mind we have an election to win in November--and that's the next big step.

Posted by laura at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

Persuasion: The Convention's "Smarter Side"

The Boston Globe has an excellent op-ed in this morning's edition about Democrats and the matter of persuasion.

This is a well-written analysis of the convention's tone so far--a message that is powerful and one that will resonate well beyond John Kerry's acceptance speech and the end of this historic convention.


Posted by laura at 11:25 AM | Comments (0)

Text Of Barak Obama's Convention Speech

On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deep gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant.

But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place: America, which stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before. While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor he signed up for duty, joined Patton's army and marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA, and moved west in search of opportunity.

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Posted by laura at 10:12 AM | Comments (2)

Max Cleland Greets Virginia Delegation

Captain's log supplemental:

Breakfast with Max Cleland a few moments ago was the highlight of the convention. Who could top Obama and Heinz Kerry? Try Max Cleland speaking from the heart about why his fellow hero and close friend John Kerry MUST be elected. Talking with emotion to a packed delegation breakfast, Max gave a soldier's story of John Kerry's personal courage under fire, his character and his integrity. Max told the story of a young, wounded soldier in Vietnam dying in the arms of then Lieutenant, now General Tony Zinni. As he died, he looked up at Zinni and simply asked, "Why?" Only a soldier, like Max, or Zinni or John Kerry can really appreciate the price of a mistake in war. Max showed us why in this race, only one candidate has the experience to fix a mistake that has caused so many of today's youngsters dying in Iraq to ask the same question.

Max speaks tomorrow night. You have to watch.

Larry Framme

Posted by laura at 09:44 AM | Comments (0)

The Obama Effect

Two words describe Tuesday's nights convention session: Barak Obama.

Below is Virginia delegation co-chairman Larry Framme's take on last night's events:

It was an "Oh my God!" kind of night! Last night the speakers just kept getting better. Clearly our party has another new star. Barak Obama is going to be President some day. You heard it here first! I think we Dems here are united on two things now: Electing John Kerry and believing we heard one of the great political speeched of recent times. Barak Obama clearly and with passion articulated why we are Democrats and why our county needs us now.

Just when we thought it couldn't get better, Teresa Heinz Kerry stepped to the mike and in a soft voice gave the hard truth about the real John Kerry - the John Kerry that is a devoted husband and father, who shares the real "family values" of a burning desire to insure that every family has access to quality healthcare, jobs and a great education.

If you were here, you would know why we know that if we do the hard campaign work, we will win.

Tonight is going to be even better.

Larry Framme

Posted by laura at 09:29 AM | Comments (0)

Second Night on the Floor: Preview

Here is a preview of some of tonight's photos... look for the full gallery tomorrow after I finish sorting and editing...

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July 27, 2004

Monday Night Convention Photos

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I cannot begin to describe (in my current exhausted state - this is day three with three or less hours of sleep) the incredible experience I am having here. Getting a chance to develop friendships with DPV staff and delegation members in this environment is incredible.

I apologize for the time it took to get these online, but nothing here slows down and I had to sort 710 photographs that I took last night. I've selected 151 images that I think best tell the story (and of which I am most proud). Due to time contraints, they are not yet captioned and have very minimal editing. Look for captions and improvements in quality to come in the near future...

I hope everyone enjoys these as much as I enjoyed taking them.

I'm going to go take a nap. :)

P.S. Bill Clinton. Wow. I have missed him so...

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Text Of President Clinton's Speech

Watching Monday night's convention opening at the FleetCenter was probably one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. There was a ferocious energy in the convention hall--a party united by an extraordinary common purpose: Victory in November.

There is no question that Bill Clinton is still a profound force in the conciousness of Democrats everywhere.

Here is the text of his Monday evening address:

Thank you. I am honored to share the podium with my Senator, though I think I should be introducing her. I'm proud of her and so grateful to the people of New York that the best public servant in our family is still on the job and grateful to all of you, especially my friends from Arkansas, for the chance you gave us to serve our country in the White House.

I am also honored to share this night with President Carter, who has inspired the world with his work for peace, democracy, and human rights. And with Al Gore, my friend and partner for eight years, who played such a large role in building the prosperity and progress that brought America into the 21st century, who showed incredible grace and patriotism under pressure, and who is the living embodiment that every vote counts-and must be counted in every state in America.

Tonight I speak as a citizen, returning to the role I have played for most of my life as a foot soldier in the fight for our future, as we nominate a true New England patriot for president. The state that gave us John Adams and John Kennedy has now given us John Kerry, a good man, a great senator, a visionary leader. We are constantly told America is deeply divided. But all Americans value freedom, faith, and family. We all honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world.

We all want good jobs, good schools, health care, safe streets, a clean environment. We all want our children to grow up in a secure America leading the world toward a peaceful future. Our differences are in how we can best achieve these things, in a time of unprecedented change. Therefore, we Democrats will bring the American people a positive campaign, arguing not who's good and who's bad, but what is the best way to build the safe, prosperous world our children deserve.

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A City Taken Over

By David S. Kerr

As I write this the Democratic Convention has just begun and the weather is picture perfect. The sun has been out all day and the normally warm Boston summer has retreated temporarily making this first evening of the convention feel more like mid September than late July.

The City, for a few days at least, has been utterly and completely taken over by the Democrats. Vendors, hotels, restaurants, museums, and stores, most sporting Kerry stickers and buttons, all seem like extensions, at least temporarily, of the Democratic Convention.
To say that the security in and around the convention site is intense is an understatement.

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First Night on the Floor: A Preview

There is so much to tell and so much to show... but here is a preview of some of the shots from tonight and I'll put together my full gallery and write-ups in the morning:

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July 26, 2004

Thoughts from Delegation Members: John Flannery

Note: Submitted by John Flannery as a comment. I've just moved it up as full post and hope John has time to write more marvelous pieces like this during the week. Thank you so much, John!

We've come to beantown with our Summer Youth Hostel Program intact. We think this is hardly an exaggeration. We are a traveling band and glad of it.

We have our own two daughters, Diana and Alexandra. But we also have two young ladies from Northern Ireland, Carly and Elaine, one Catholic and one Protestant.

While our Irish charges are too polite to express the opinion themselves, it strikes me as passing strange that we are mimicking the conditions that existed in Ulster before the Good Friday accords in marvelous Boston town.

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It's All About the Credentials...

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Credentials. Delegate Credentials. Guest Credentials. VIP Credentials. Press Credentials.

It's the Democratic National Convention and, trust me, it is ALL about the credentials.

Credentials are more than a large, colorful card with mysterious squiggly lines, holograms and an iradescent sheen. They are the golden pass that gets you within sight of the Fleet Center. If getting near the place is sea level, then getting on the convention floor itself is Mount Everest by comparison. Obviously the delegates are there, but they did the hard work (often years of involvement in the party and a campaign all its own at the state level) to climb that mountain and arrive here in Boston.

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Larry Framme's Fleet Center Walkthough

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Larry Framme, Kerry Donley and Lindsey Reynolds did a walk-through yesterday with the other chairs of the state parties in preparation for the first big night. Larry took my spare digital camera and shot some photos for us to give a preview of the area.

The Virginia delegation is seated just behind and slightly above Arkanas in the left corner (as seen from the podium). We're looking right out over CNN's desk with Wolf Blitzer, Judy Woodruff and Jeff Greenfield.

Note: In Larry's defense here, I want to warn folks that the camera accidentally had a custom white balance setting from a previous project of mine and it tinted the photos somewhat blue. I've tried to correct the color balance as best I could, but the color issues are entirely my fault and I've made sure it's fixed for future users of this camera in our group.

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"The plastic sleeves are in the bag..."

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There's nothing like taking photos in a chaotic environment when you're running on three hours of sleep. It's also hard to really feel tired when things are this exciting.

The Virginia Delegation had their first convention breakfast this morning and it was most likely the first time we've had everyone together at one time since their arrival. Amid the clatter of teacups and plates was a live greeting by Al Gore by video feed. The morning feed is timed to be viewed by all of the delegations throughout the city to set the theme and mood for the day's events.

Our celebrity speaker this morning was Fred Willard from the Tonight Show along with their camera crew. His greetings were as funny as they were politically incorrect and, from what I hear, you can see some or all of it with Jay Leno Wednesday night. Access Hollywood caught him in the foyer outside the conference room as well and I've added a few photos at the end of this morning's shots to share that.

The excitement in the delegation is intense and the word you hear the most is "credentials" followed shortly thereafter by "the plastic sleeve is in the bag", referring to the holder for the crendential card you hang around your neck with a colorful lanyard.

We're doing our best to keep the blog rolling as close to realtime as possible. It's hard to express how much is happening here. At any given moment you're likely to literally bump into a huge name from the Democratic Party, famous press personalities, a celebrity... you name it. The staff room is controlled chaos depending on the time of day and the time around breakfast is insane with the feeding frenzy associated with convention credentials.

I've taken two hours writing this little piece since the interruptions happen several times per sentence. I hope this is coherent... and give us a little leeway on the captions for the meantime. Laura and I have done several press interviews this morning about the blog (she's doing one for NBC print as I write this). Keep an eye out for more anecdotes and writeups from members of the staff, the delegation and other guests. We're awaiting several right now and will post them as soon as we can.

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Delegation Welcoming Party - Hyde Park Library

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The Virginia Delegation kicked off their arrival in Boston today with a formal welcoming event at Hyde Park Library. A bus from Hotel Commonwealth made it's way through the area with colorful narration from the driver. Upon arrival, members were greated by historic reenactors, a short singing and dance performance as well as wonderful food and music.

The photos from the event are available here and we hope to slip the captions in mid-morning tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures!

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July 25, 2004

Let the Games Begin...

Delegates are rolling in at a rapid pace and the staff room is becoming our war room of sorts. We're heading out to Mame Reiley's welcome party for the Maryland and Virginia delegations at the St. George Gallery on Newbury Street. Larry Framme is snagging some photos for us from the floor of the Fleet Center using my other camera during his walk-through (look for those later tonight). Our time between Mame's event and tonight's delegation dinner at the Hyde Park Library is still a mystery to me, but rest assured there will be photos.

Back to the blog later as time permits...

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A Tale of Food, Fun and Ferris Wheels (indoors, nonetheless)

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The DPV staff had dinner tonight with the staff of the Nebraska Democratic Party before splitting up to head to various pre-convention activities. Laura Bland had an invitation to the coveted Momentum Media Party and took the two of us as her guests.

After a supersonic cab ride through Boston to the wrong convention center, we did a brain crushing U-turn and made our way to the newly opened Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The architecture is amazing and the sheer dimensions of this facility are pretty staggering. Quite a few thousand members of the media and other invitees were milling about enjoying some fantastic, creative food and live entertainment.

The layout of the event was impressive. The lights were low and canopies with an array of modern furniture and carpets were spread throughout so partygoers could relax, eat, and socialize. In the back of the massive main floor was a working ferris wheel, the first one I think I've ever seen in operation indoors. In the center were numerous islands where Boston area chefs were laying out an impressive and very creative spread. Dominating the front of the room was a large stage where we got to see Little Richard doing Blueberry Hill along with several other signature songs.

The party was fun, but we're all pretty beat and still have some T rides to make tonight before it's all said and done. The convention starts to really get underway tomorrow as the delegation arrives in full along with Governor Warner. We have meetings, parties, and other events tomorrow, so look for the number of voices here on the blog to increase as we head into Monday and the real fun begins.

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July 24, 2004

The Calm Before the Storm

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After a late night roaming around the city, we took the opportunity this morning to sleep in a little for the last time this week. It's going to be about 6 AM from here on out and likely the wee hours before our heads hit the pillows.

After a quick spin through the Harvard Coop, we headed for the Hotel Commonwealth to hook up with Laura Bland and the rest of the DPV staff. Laura broke recent tradition by having a flight that arrived on time (if not ahead of schedule) and we had our first cell-phone chat of the day as she queued up in the Logan Airport taxi stand. About 30 minutes later, she showed up in the lobby with fellow staff member Adisa Muse (seen here with his nifty souvenir found during his crosstown journey for a haircut).

Since then we've been running around the hotel to get our bearings for the coming days (been doing a lot of that lately), getting the latest news and schedules from other staff members and helping with preparation of packets for delegates, etc.

We've got quite a police presence in the area, as do all of the delegation hotels from what I've been reading. It's the first time I've seen eleven police motorcycles all parked side by side without there being a motorcade.

At the moment, Adisa is getting extensive hole punch training. It might not make good copy for the blog, but it's monumentally entertaining to watch...

Dinner soon... more entries later (with photos). :)

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A Pre-Convention Nighttime Stroll In Boston

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Elisabeth and I spent much of the beginning of our first full day in Boston relaxing and getting situated. The next few days are going to be non-stop activity and our flight up here was a joy to behold (sarcasm alert). She and I both have always loved Boston and have been itching to get back up here for a few years. Going to the DNC is incredible... having it in Boston is the icing on the cake for the two of us.

This evening we headed out to get our bearings for the coming days and, more importantly, to hit a few of our favorite spots. I took my camera along and captured a few scenes to share some of the mood and flavor of Boston in the pre-convention days.

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July 23, 2004

Better Late Than Never... (and all about the tech gear)

Elisabeth and I are - FINALLY - in Boston. It's almost 2 AM and I'm sitting on the bed posting the blog entry I thought would never see the light of day.

We arrived at Dulles Airport at about 3:30 PM for a 5:30 PM flight that should have arrived in Boston at 7 PM. First it moved to 5:45, then 6-something, then sometime after 7 PM. Then 9:30 PM. Then 10:30 PM. At one point we lined up at the gate ready to roll only to be told they had made a mistake - off to another gate. We got there and were told they needed a new flight attendant. So we sat... and griped... and developed those fleeting, sarcasm-laden friendships based on mutual frustration with people we'll never see again for the rest of our lives.

At about 11:45 PM, we finally took off for Boston. We staggered into our accomodations around 1:30 AM after a pleasant cab ride that I'd have taken from DC had I been given the option earlier today.

Here is the enormous, geeky entry I wrote earlier in Dulles but was never able to post since I couldn't find any (expletive) wireless access:

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July 22, 2004

Can't Get There From Here

Aaron is stuck at Dulles airport. He and Elisabeth's 5 p.m. flight to Boston still hasn't taken off, now five hours later. He is without a wireless connection, so it seems he is amusing himself by taking photos in the terminal. Look for first postings from the convention city sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Wally Blair reports that more than 80 people turned out tonight for the Kerry For President MeetUp in Lynchburg. To quote Lindsey Reynolds, "Holy cow, Batman!" There were about 100 of us right in Jack Reid's back yard in Henrico County. Love it! Looking forward to other reports from the MeetUp field.

Update: Aaron, who as the Democratic Party of Virginia's official delegation photographer is considered a member of our staff, is getting ready to board his flight to Boston.

Looks like we are officially on our way to Boston, people!

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July 21, 2004

We've Got the Big Mo

This year, Virginia Democrats have so much good stuff going on - and documenting-democracy.org is exactly the kind of tool we need to keep this going! With the Internet fundraising records set by Democrats this year, and the success of Democrats in putting together grassroots organizations through sites like meetup.com, it's only fitting that Virginia Democrats have one of the only state party "blogs."

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Complete DNC Primetime Speakers

We've got the complete primetime speaker lineup for the DNC next week.

The list is quite long, so click below to view everything:

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July 19, 2004

A Geek, A Blog, and A Trip to Boston

A number of us will be writing our thoughts here during our week in Boston. I figured I'd start now since the crazy days prior to leaving are as much a part of the experience as being there.

The birth of this site so close to the convention is somewhat coincidental. Kicking off with the convention as our first big focal point, though, is a great way to get started. The role of this blog, however, goes beyond Boston, the crucial coming months of the national campaign and even the November election.

I'm going to dedicate this first personal entry to providing some backstory on Documenting Democracy.

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Unique Convention Set in Boston Nearing Completion

I'd like to try to keep pure press release regurgitation to a minimum on this site, but this one seemed quite relevant with several of us heading off to Boston at the end of the week:

Boston, MA - Boston's FleetCenter entered the final phase of its transformation today as the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) unveiled the stage where the Democratic Party will nominate its presidential and vice presidential candidates, John Kerry and John Edwards.

With a giant 90-foot by 17-foot video screen that will bring people from all over the country into the Convention hall; open, functioning offices for Convention staff built right into the set; more than 200 prime seats behind the podiums; and numerous other screens of varying sizes facing out to the hall, the 2004 Democratic Convention stage will be the most interactive and inclusive in Convention history.

The entire release can be read here.

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July 13, 2004

Partial List of DNCC Speakers Announced

The DNCC website has announced a partial list of the speakers for the convention during the last week of July. The highlights include:

Monday - Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Bob Menendez, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton

Tuesday - Ted Kennedy, Christie Vilsack, Gov. Janet Napolitano, Teresa Heinz Kerry

Wednesday - Gov. Bill Richardson, Mayor Martin O'Malley, Ret. Marine Lt. Col. Steve Brozak, Elizabeth Edwards, Sen. John Edwards

Thursday - Alex & Vanessa Kerry, Chris & Andre Heinz, Hon. Max Cleland, John Kerry & John Edwards

This definitely promises to be a very exciting convention! We'll keep posting entries as the more complete schedule and speaker list is announced in the coming days.

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