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PHILADELPHIA -- Whenever a speaker on stage Monday night mentioned Hillary Clinton, an impassioned Bernie Sanders delegate from Wisconsin reached into the air with a black and white sign that simply said “no.” The man next to him flung his “Thank You Bernie T-shirt” into the air as if he were flying his flag.

When Sanders rose to speak in prime time, the crowd erupted in applause so loud Sanders struggled to drown out the crowd and actually get started.

"I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am," Sanders said. "But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved."

For the most part, by the time the primetime programming rolled around, the mood among Bernie Sanders supporters in the Wells Fargo Center was mellowing. But the earlier protests, the contentious delegate meetings, and disruptions of early floor speeches threatened Democratic aims for unity on day one of their convention. It was undeniable that even after Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, his delegates weren’t all ready to.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Monday at the Democratic National Convention that he thought Hillary Clinton would make "an outstanding president."

Sanders took the stage to a crescendo of the same "Bernie!" chants that prevailed throughout most of the speeches given at convention's opening day, while a sea of "Bernie" signs waved at him from the audience. Camera shots of the crowd even showed some supporters crying as he approached the lectern.

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First Lady Michelle Obama made a thinly veiled reference Monday to Donald Trump's candidacy during her commanding Democratic National Convention address, imploring voters to reject the notion that America wasn't already great.

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," Obama said. "And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women playing with their dogs on the white House lawn."

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