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Scenes from the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Confetti downpour
Confetti fills the hall after President Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama finishes speaking
President Obama on stage after speaking at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama and family
President Obama’s family arrives on stage after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama and family
President Obama and family wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Barack and Michelle
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
“Fired Up”
Democrats cheer Vice President Joe Biden’s address at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama, Biden and more
President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, family members and others gather near the end of the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
The Obama family gathers onstage near the end of the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle introduces Barack
President Obama embraces wife Michelle before speaking at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
DNC delegates
Delegates cheer President Obama at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama applause
President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
President Obama
President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Joe Biden
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Joe and Jill Biden
Vice President Joe Biden is joined onstage by his wife, Jill, after his speech at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
UAW, Obama/Biden
Delegates cheer at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Jill Biden
Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, enters to speak to delegates at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
John Kerry
Sen. John F. Kerry speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Gabrielle Giffords

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, waves with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz at the Democratic National Convention.

 (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony sings the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige performs at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Democratic dancing
Joe Morgan and Jim Young of Colorado Springs dance at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
N.C. delegates
North Carolina delegates cheer at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama tie
Ronny Crawford of San Francisco wears a new tie he just bought at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Maryland “don’t quit”
A Maryland delegate wears a festive hat at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
“Win With Kennedy”
North Carolina delegate Judith Porter sports a 1960 hat at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
DNC downpour
People run for cover from the pouring rain during the final day of the Democratic National Convention outside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
Mark Anthony
Singer Mark Anthony performs the national anthem as a color guard stands by at the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Shawn Threw / EPA)
Rep. Barney Frank
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Harry E. Walker / MCT)
James Taylor
Singer James Taylor acknowledges the crowd at in Charlotte, N.C., on the final day of the Democratic National Convention. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Barney and Jim
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) kisses his spouse Jim Ready (R) during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Clinton and Obama
Former President Clinton is joined on stage by current President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Michael Reynolds / EPA)
Hillary watches Bill
This photo, courtesy of the Department of State, shows Secretary Hillary Clinton watching her husband Bill’s nomination of President Obama during the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C. at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Timor Leste. (Nick Merrill / AFP/Getty Images)
Clinton and Obama
Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama embrace on stage after Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Bill Clinton
Former President Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Shadow Clinton
Former President Clinton stirred the crowd with his address at the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Clinton bows to Obama
The 42nd President of the U.S., Bill Clinton bows to the 44th President of the U.S. Barack Obama in Charlotte, N.C. on the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
Bill Clinton
Former President Clinton makes a point during his speech at the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
“Economy Built to Last”
Delegates wave signs at the Democratic National Convention in Time Warner Cable Arena.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Clinton’s arrival
Former President Clinton arrives for his speech at the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama and her brother Craig Robinson watch the proceedings at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Kamala Harris
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Costco for Dems
Costco cofounder Jim Sinegal speaks at the Democratic National Convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
United Auto Workers
Attendees show their enthusiasm at the Democratic National Convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Gabby Douglas
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis plays the national anthem at the convention. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
DNC prayers
Members of the North Carolina delegation join hands during the invocation at the convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Songs for Obama
North Carolina delegate Ingrid Nurse, left, dances and sings of a second term for President Obama.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
“IVOTDEM”
Virginia delegate Victoria Cochran adorned herself with her license plate.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Female Democratic Senators
Female members of the U.S. Senate gather onstage.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) addresses the convention delegates.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein
California Senators Barbara Boxer, left, and Diane Feinstein on stage at the Democratic National Convention 2012 at Time Warner Cable Arena September 5 2012 in Charlotte. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
AFL-CIO
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was among the speakers. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Ted Strickland
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland introduces amendments reinstating references to God and Jerusalem in the Democratic Party platform. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Youngest and Oldest
The youngest delegate Sam Gray, 17, from Marion, Iowa, meets the oldest delegate Elzena Johnson, 97, from Terry, Miss., at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Jae C. Hong / AP Photo)
Olympian Gabby Douglas
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas leads the Pledge of Allegiance on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
“IVOTDEM”
Virginia delegate Victoria Cochran wears her license plate on the floor at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Obama, the puppet
Kaying Thao from Minnesota wears a puppet of President Obama during day two of the Democratic National Convention Charlotte, N.C. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
WWII veteran’s salute
World War II Navy veteran Roby Gilliam, 89, from Minerva, Ohio, salutes during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (David Goldman / AP Photo)
2012 Democratic National Convention
First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the delegates during opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Michelle Obama addresses the delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Michelle Obama addresses the delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro waves before addressing the delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Opening night
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is introduced by Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the opening night of the Democratic convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Congressional candidate Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii addresses delegates during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Delegate Priscilla Chavez of Las Cruces, N.M., cheers during the opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
“Glee” actress Amber Riley, left, sings the national anthem at the start of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. The Disabled American Veterans Honor Guard, right, presents the colors.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
A pocket image of President Obama is among the campaign paraphernalia making appearances at the Democratic convention.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Congressional candidate Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts waves to delegates after a speech during the opening night ceremonies of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
2012 Democratic National Convention
Washington state delegate Chris Porter of Seattle has his picture taken in a booth at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addresses the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
DNC chair
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz officially opens the Democratic convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Pledge
Third-graders from W.R. O’Dell Elementary School in Concord, N.C., lead the Pledge of Allegiance during opening night ceremonies at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Venue
Attendees file into Time Warner Cable Arena for the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Cory Booker
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker speaks to the audience in Charlotte, N.C., on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images)
White House photographer
White House photographer Lawrence Jackson arrives to photograph Michelle Obama’s arrival on the stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
First Lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives for a sound check at the Time Warner Cable Arena. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Ken Salazar
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar walks on the floor prior to the start of day one of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)
Campaign signs, buttons
People hold campaign signs as the program starts during day one of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)
TV interview
First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a television interview upstairs at the Time Warner Cable Arena. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Charlotte Convention Center
Members of the media scramble after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa following his remarks at the opening press conference at the Charlotte Convention Center. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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