Charles Ommanney for NewsweekOn the GroundCharles Ommanney’s Photos of the 2012 Democratic National ConventionFrom Rahm rallying the faithful to the diverse crowd, Charles Ommanney’s inside look at the convention.09.06.12 4:45 AM ETCharles Ommanney for NewsweekCharles Ommanney for NewsweekCHARLOTTE DEBUTAs the Democratic National Convention kicked off on Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C., photographer Charles Ommanney was there to capture the mood among the delegates and party luminaries who gathered to support President Obama’s campaign for a second term. See his best shots. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekTHE GRAND FINALEBarack Obama stands in front of an audience of thousands as he accepts the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekMANY THANK YOUSPre-distributed signs show gratitude as delegates, press and guests watch proceedings of the Democratic National Convention's second day. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekTHE PLEDGEHands—and hats—over hearts, crowds at the DNC listen to Olympian Gabby Douglas recite the Pledge of the Allegiance on Wednesday. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekCAMPAIGNERFormer president Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech in support of Barack Obama's reelection on the second night of the convention. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekON THE JOBSSign-holders tout the jobs stats under President Obama during the convention's second day. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekFIRED UPThe crowd cheers a speech on Day 1 of the convention. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekALL SMILESFirst lady Michelle Obama wowed the crowd—and many pundits—with her convention speech Tuesday night. Her address wove together stories of her husband’s humble upbringing with his policy efforts as president to help the middle class. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekNEW HEADWEARDelegates came up with some interesting ways to support the Obama-Biden ticket. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekPARTY VIPFormer Secretary of State Madeleine Albright greets delegates at the convention. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekRAHMBOChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel rallies the crowd. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekBIG TENTThe convention floor’s diverse crowd. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekOUTSIDE THE ARENAThe convention brought together diverse personalities, as well. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekPROTESTSNot everybody in Charlotte was celebrating Obama. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekPOLITICAL ARTPictures of Obama cover the sidewalk. Charles Ommanney for NewsweekANYBODY LISTENING?People who gathered outside the convention fought for their voices to be heard.