04:25 PM EDT 08/23/2014
Originally posted 08/26/2008 08:15AM
The cheers were explosive as Sen. Ted Kennedy, still recovering from brain surgery in June, took the stage Monday night at the Democratic National Convention.
The iconic "Lion of the Senate," 76, was expected to sit out this convention, perhaps his last. Though battling a malignant tumor in his left parietal lobe, he made a last-minute decision to fly from Massachusetts to Denver with his wife, Victoria.
With his signature white mane slightly thinning in spots but his bulky frame as stalwart as ever – and with his wife at his side – Kennedy strode onstage unassisted as the 4,400 delegates in the hall rose from their seats to deliver their unrestrained cheers and screams.
Originally posted 08/25/2008 11:55PM
Michelle Obama gave the kind of intimate, emotional endorsement only a wife could give in her headlining speech kicking off the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.
She recalled her husband, Barack Obama, as a nervous new dad, before the hype and hoopla of his life on the national stage, and said he has not been changed by politics. "He's the same man who drove me and our new baby daughter home from the hospital 10 years ago this summer," said Michelle, "inching along at a snail's pace, peering anxiously at us in the rearview mirror, feeling the whole weight of her future in his hands ... [He was] determined to give her what he never had, the affirming embrace of a father's love."
Her voice caught with emotion and she sniffed several times.
Originally posted 08/25/2008 08:00PM
Picture this: A photographer asks Democratic running mates Barack Obama and Joe Biden to squeeze together for a portrait. "We're kind of insecure," jokes Obama, while Biden counters, "I carry my wife's pocketbook – I'm fine." "Okay," declares Obama, posing for the camera, "get tight!"
Originally posted 08/25/2008 06:05PM
Barack Obama has asked Jennifer Hudson to sing the national anthem on Thursday – the day of the presumptive Presidential candidate's much-anticipated address to the Democratic convention in Denver, her rep tells PEOPLE.
"His reps called and said we'd love for you to sing the anthem on Thursday," Hudson's rep tells PEOPLE. "She's thrilled and excited. It's a tremendous honor."
The DNC will not comment about Hudson's performance until the official schedule is announced.
Originally posted 08/25/2008 11:50AM
It was a very earthy opening: On the eve of the Democratic National Convention's kick-off, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland and the Dave Matthews Band drew some 8,000 fans and environmental activists to their "Green Sunday."
"What better place to spend this incredible weekend!" said Crow amid the magnificent natural rock formations of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver.
Opening the concert, Crow performed, among other tunes, "God Bless This Mess."
Originally posted 08/25/2008 08:25AM
It's nearly showtime for Michelle Obama, whose prime-time, nationally televised address on Monday will be the main event of the Democratic National Convention's opening night in Denver. Her speech? "It's done. I'm done," she told PEOPLE on Saturday. "Ready to roll."
What to wear? Not so simple.
"I haven't made that decision," Barack Obama's other half says in the teasing, exaggerated tone of a fickle girly-girl. "I'll be changing my mind until the bitter end."
Originally posted 08/24/2008 11:30AM
Ben Affleck is upping his stake in politics – with poker.
The Oscar winner, 36, will be in Denver this week for the Democratic National Convention, where he'll be celebrating at more than one political party. Among his official duties: performing at a roundtable event for SeaChange Ideas Forum, packing food for the needy and playing poker to benefit paralyzed veterans.
Colorado first lady Jeannie Ritter, who joins Affleck and Barack Obama's wife Michelle on Wednesday to box produce for the charity America's Second Harvest, tells PEOPLE that Affleck's celebrity, "right or wrong, gives us our traction." But, while she and her teenage children look forward to meeting the onetime Sexiest Man Alive, Ritter says it "pales in comparison" to being with Michelle Obama.
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