Friday, September 5, 2008

RNC update #8 Final Night

The 2008 Republican National Convention wrapped up late last night. All good things must come to an end I guess. The RNC has been the experience of as lifetime, and as much as I wish it could go on for another 4 days, I am really looking forward to getting back home to Cary. I really miss Lisa and the kids. Heck, I even miss the cat. ;-)

I must admit I was a little nervous going into the fourth and final day of the RNC. The blow out performances of Mike Huckabee, Rudy Guiliani, and Sarah Palin the previous day were going to be a tough act to follow. It would not be good for our convention to peak a day early, nor would it be good for our vice presidential nominee outperform our presidential nominee. And John McCain isn’t exactly known for his eloquent and motivational speeches after all.

John McCain laid my concerns to rest early in his speech. He didn’t disappoint at all – in fact he inspired and energized me. His speech was honestly the best I have ever heard him deliver. It was a conversation with the American people – not just words read from a teleprompter. His plea to Americans to join his campaign to help him fight for our country was passionate and real. His speech was full of emotion, and he spoke from the heart. He spoke to his real life experiences as a public servant both in the US Navy, and in Congress, as well as his captivity as a POW for 5 years. He spoke about his hate for war, and his belief that having a strong and powerful military is the best way to avoid war. He talked about family, character, reform, change, and putting his country first. It was a great speech, and I was honored to be there to hear him give it.

Unfortunately his speech was interrupted one time by a Code Pink kook, but the crowd quickly took care of that. Before she could finish screaming some crazy bumper sticker slogan at the top of her lungs, her shrill voice was quickly drowned out by the chants of “USA!…USA!…USA!” from the crowd. Once security finally arrived she was given a police escort to someplace I am sure she didn’t want to be.

Other noteworthy speakers were Hall of Fame football coach and championship winning NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, US Senators Mel Martinez, Sam Brownback, and Lindsey Graham, Governors Tim Pawlenty and Tom Ridge, and Cindy McCain. Oh, and I almost forgot - Trace Adkins sang the National Anthem! I also had the pleasure of meeting former US Senator Trent Lott.

The balloon drop at the end was really cool. You never saw so many balloons in your life! I feel sorry for whomever it was that got stuck blowing them all up. ;-)
It was an honor to attend the RNC as a delegate, but more so an honor to be a part of history. Sarah Palin is the first woman ever be nominated as the Republican’s Vice Presidential Candidate. I am confident that come November 4 she will be the first woman Vice President in the history of our great nation.

I’m sad it’s over – but as I write this at 35,000 feet I can’t wait to get home. It’s been a 4 day adrenaline rush and I’m exhausted. Many thanks to everyone involved for making this past week the huge success that it was. Do we really have to wait four more years to do it again??? ;-)

McCain - Palin 2008!

Drill Baby Drill!