Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama gets strong popularity boost

US President Barack Obama received a significant popularity bounce from his party convention last week and now leads the White House race by a small but clear margin, polls indicated.

Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 3:54am

Julian Castro, the 'Latino Barack Obama'

Illustration: Craig Stephens

When a little-known state senator in Illinois went to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July 2004 proclaiming "the audacity of hope", it propelled one Barack Obama into the national consciousness and, four short years later, into the White House.

9 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

President Obama tells Democratic convention to keep believing

Barack Obama waves to delegates against the background of a sea of placard-waving Democrat supporters after his speech accepting the party's presidential nomination for November's election. Photo: AP

Thousands of chanting Democrats went wild with delight as beleaguered President Barack Obama asked a struggling nation for four more years.

After hours of warm-up acts and political speeches, the 15,000 delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention were more than ready to cheer their hero as red, white and blue confetti flew.

8 Sep 2012 - 4:00am

Bill Clinton nominates Obama in speech at Democratic convention

Bill Clinton bows as Barack Obama joins him on stage after his nomination speech. Photo: AFP

As Bill Clinton strode onstage at the Democratic National Convention, his campaign theme song, Don't Stop, blasted through the packed arena.

A more appropriate anthem might have been the oldie, Happy Days Are Here Again as shouts of "We Love You Bill Clinton" echoed in the hall.

7 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Bill Clinton urges Americans to stick with Obama at Democratic convention

US President Barack Obama joins Bill Clinton on stage after the former president's rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Democrats turned on Wednesday to a hero of the past, Bill Clinton, to boost the shaky re-election prospects of Barack Obama, with the popular former president from the prosperous 1990s assuring worried Americans that he feels “with all my heart” that Obama is steering the country to an economic recovery.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Influential cardinal is bipartisan with prayer

Timothy Dolan will pray at both party conventions. Photo: AP

Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will deliver the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention as well as this week's Republican meeting, in a sign of bipartisanship after Dolan had taken a role opposing the White House on policy matters.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:42am