Capital Connections: DNC 2012 Edition

The Root's D.C. insider caught up with celebs, politicos and more in Charlotte.

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    Democrats Take Over the Queen City

    Politicos, party officials, celebrities and more converged on Charlotte, N.C., from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6 for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. From rousing speeches by Michelle Obama, Deval Patrick and more, to the president’s official acceptance of the Democratic nomination, this year’s DNC was packed with memorable moments. The Root‘s D.C. insider, Nicole Venable, was there to snap scenes from this year’s convention.

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    Legendary Crew

    The Roots performed at the StartUp RockOn benefit held Monday evening during the convention. The event was produced by three startups: Event Farm, Hyper Vocal and Fighter Interactive. StartUp RockOn is a unique showcase that honors, celebrates and promotes entrepreneurship.

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    A Common Cause

    Common performed for convention guests at the Musicians on Call benefit Tuesday night.

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    Power Players

    FedEx top executive Gina Adams hosted a luncheon filled with “powerful women” on Tuesday in Charlotte. Adams (left) poses for the camera with actress Lynne Whitfield, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and actress Daphne Reid.  

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    California Dreamin'

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris delivered a powerful message to the Democratic Convention delegates on Wednesday: “The American dream belongs to all of us!”

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    Four the People

    Washington, D.C., Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser poses with The Roots D.C. insider, Nicole Venable, at the convention.

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    Massachusetts Star

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick gives an interview to a reporter after his emotional speech to the Democratic delegates.

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    Florida State Sen. Oscar Braynon II poses with D.C. politico Chaka Burgess in the Ritz-Carlton hotel lobby, packed with conventioners.

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    Anchor Power

    Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie poses with Sophia Dillon and The Roots D.C. insider, Nicole Venable, at the convention.


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    Stepping Up to the Plate

    President Obama officially accepts the Democratic Party nomination Thursday evening.


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    Moving Forward

    The crowd was electrified by the president’s speech and the appearance of the first family, along with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Thursday night.

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    America's Family

    A candid shot of the first family onstage after President Obama’s speech Thursday evening.

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    Pressing the Agenda

    The Root‘s D.C. insider, Nicole Venable, stands with Melanie Roussell, national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.

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    Smiles and Sunshine

    Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist poses with Sophia Dillon and The Root‘s D.C. insider, Nicole Venable, on Wednesday. As an independent, Crist brought sunshine to the DNC, endorsing President Obama during the convention.

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    Rock the (Black) Vote

    BET and AT&T celebrated the black vote with a post-gavel reception in Charlotte on Thursday, closing out the week’s convention festivities.