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By John Whitesides and Jonathan Allen PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders on Monday urged his supporters to back Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in her White House bid, drawing jeers and shouts of "We want Bernie" in a show of discord as the party kicked off its national convention. The boos underscored the deeply felt anger his convention delegates feel at both Clinton's win and embarrassing emails leaked on Friday suggesting the party leadership had worked to sabotage Sanders' campaign for the nomination. Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as party chairwoman on Sunday, a day before the start of the Philadelphia convention to formally nominate Clinton for the Nov. 8 election, and on Monday she bowed to pressure and agreed not to open the convention.
When her husband first ran for president in 2008, Michelle Obama cautiously entered the political arena, fully supportive of his candidacy yet wary of the country's partisan battles. Two terms later the first lady known for her wit, style and tact has emerged as a political force, tapped to endorse Hillary Clinton in a primetime address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday. "I think Hillary Clinton is a phenomenal woman," she said in April at a White House event for kids.