On the Ground

Charles Ommanney’s Photos of the 2012 Democratic National Convention

From Rahm rallying the faithful to the diverse crowd, Charles Ommanney’s inside look at the convention.

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Charles Ommanney for Newsweek

CHARLOTTE DEBUT

As 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.

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THE GRAND FINALE

Barack Obama stands in front of an audience of thousands as he accepts the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

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MANY THANK YOUS

Pre-distributed signs show gratitude as delegates, press and guests watch proceedings of the Democratic National Convention's second day.

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THE PLEDGE

Hands—and hats—over hearts, crowds at the DNC listen to Olympian Gabby Douglas recite the Pledge of the Allegiance on Wednesday.

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CAMPAIGNER

Former president Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech in support of Barack Obama's reelection on the second night of the convention.

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ON THE JOBS

Sign-holders tout the jobs stats under President Obama during the convention's second day.

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FIRED UP

The crowd cheers a speech on Day 1 of the convention.

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ALL SMILES

First 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.

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NEW HEADWEAR

Delegates came up with some interesting ways to support the Obama-Biden ticket.

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PARTY VIP

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright greets delegates at the convention.

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RAHMBO

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel rallies the crowd.

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BIG TENT

The convention floor’s diverse crowd.

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OUTSIDE THE ARENA

The convention brought together diverse personalities, as well.

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PROTESTS

Not everybody in Charlotte was celebrating Obama.

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POLITICAL ART

Pictures of Obama cover the sidewalk.

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ANYBODY LISTENING?

People who gathered outside the convention fought for their voices to be heard.