After delegates spent the entire day shouting his name as other speakers took the podium at the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders finally emerged to close out the night. It was a good thing, too, as an ovation that lasted several minutes was followed by streams of tears that had staffers setting up Caution: Wet Floor signs.
Sanders’ speech was anything but remarkable; it was essentially his own campaign speech, repeated hundreds of times, but with the responsibility thrown to Hillary Clinton, whose name came up now and then. But this was the moment that the #FeelTheBern crowd had waited for.
Supporters in tears as Bernie Sanders takes the stage #DemsInPhilly
— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) July 26, 2016
Bernie: No one is more disappointed than me.
Bernie Supporter: (Soaks beach towel with her tears)
Bernie: OK, maybe that lady.
— Joanna Casserole???Miller (@jocastlemiller) July 26, 2016
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) July 26, 2016
wow. cameras keep cutting to Bernie supporters with tears in their eyes as he talks about disappointment of not being the nominee.
— Alyona (@AlyonaMink) July 26, 2016
— Alex Apple (@AlexApple_) July 26, 2016
— Dylan Stableford (@stableford) July 26, 2016
The tears, the delicious Bernie supporter tears pic.twitter.com/5R0hl44sMG
— Greg B (@gregb94) July 26, 2016
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) July 26, 2016
— Floyd Yarmuth (@FloydYarmuth) July 26, 2016
— BreakyNewsOnline (@BreakyNewsOL) July 26, 2016
These guys managed to hold it together, it seems.
— Robert Mak (@MakUpFront) July 26, 2016
Lessons learned from Day 1 of #DemsInPhilly: Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and just about everyone else who spoke is more popular than the nominee, who doesn’t speak until Thursday. It’s going to be a long week.