So I made it home to good ole Shreveport, LA on Friday night. I spent yesterday catching up on sleep, and today unpacking and distributing souvenirs. So now I have time for a brief overview of my impressions of the Convention.
Day One was pretty sedate, everyone was worried about the Hurricane, and we pretty much stayed glued to the news to see what was happening. It was very disconcerting to be so far away from home with all of this going on. Reports were so varied, that I half expected my home to be flooded or otherwise gone when I returned. But luckily everything was fine in Shreveport. Others were not so lucky. Many of our delegates were from South Louisiana, and were greatly affected. The McCain Campaign chartered a plane to take those who needed it home, and also to bring some of the delegate’s families back to Minneapolis. It was a very kind gesture on McCain’s behalf. That night there were no speeches, no pomp, all we did were the things necessary to officially start the convention proceedings.
Day Two started out really well, with First Lady Laura Bush, and our next First Lady Cindy McCain joining the Louisiana Delegation for breakfast. The media also joined us, and proceeded to hound us for the next few days about Gustav.
That evening, the CNN Grill gave us passes to come eat, and treated us to a free meal. They had a very kind waitstaff, and treated us with compassion. I also managed to meet Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Meagan Kelley, and Bill Hemmer.
Sean was my favorite, and by far the nicest person at the entire convention. A lot f the “celebrities” blew everyone off, but even though his handlers kept trying to whisk him away, Sean took the time to pose for tons of pictures, sign a truckload of autographs (including a pic and autograph for yours truly!), and just talk to people. He even got on the phone with my debate coach who is a HUGE fan of his.
My favorite speech of the night surprised me. It was Joe Lieberman. I had not expected to enjoy it, and am not a fan of him- but it was very good. It was very strategic as well, to have the first person to take a swipe at Obama at the convention be a Democrat. But it was very heartening to realize that a Democrat with such influence and power realizes that John McCain is the right choice.
Day Three was probably my favorite day of all! We started out by listening to a POW who had been in Hanoi with John McCain, and then headed to the Convention Center to put together Hurricane Relief Packages. The people at Target and The Red Cross put that together, and we had an amazing time. Everyone was so pumped up, cheering, singing, and just having a good time helping people out. John and Cindy McCain stopped by and helped, took pictures, shook hands, and listened to stories of people form Louisiana affected by Katrina. On our way out, it really touched me to see people from all over the nation gathered together to help my state. It meant alot, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who help with relief efforts for Gustav, it means so much to the residents of Louisiana.
That night there were soo many great speakers! Giuliani did an amazing job of firing up the crowd for Sarah Palin. And when she finally took the stage the applause was deafening! Everyone was so excited to see this woman everyone was talking about. And she didn’t disappoint! She delivered an amazing speech, put Obama in his place, and inspired a new generation of females to get into politics. For me it was a dream come true to see a strong woman candidate up on that stage, and I could not be more proud that the woman in question shares my values.
Day Four was good, part of me wanted to go home, and the other part wanted the convention to never end. I was looking forward to McCain’s speech, but I most anticipated the famed balloon drop at the end of the night! McCain did an amazing job on his speech, especially considering he is not known for his speaking abilities. With a mixture of humility and confidence he told us exactly why he wanted to be President, and the thing that struck me most was his assertion that he was old enough that it wasn’t for his future in politics, but rather it was his desire to serve a cause greater than himself that inspired him to reach this office.
Though his speech was good, I was most impressed with the video about Cindy McCain. To see all of the amazing things this woman has done during her lifetime makes me wonder what she will be able to achieve as First Lady. After all the First Lady’s job is to be an ambassador of kindness to those in need, and I have no doubt that Cindy McCain would make an amazing First Lady. From adopting two children, to going on aid missions all across the world, Cindy McCain has already led the life of a servant. Who better to serve others in our country’s name than her? It strikes me as wort mentioning that the difference between the candidates’ wives is almost as stark as between the candidates themselves. Cindy McCain has clearly done a lot of amazing things with her position of power, yet what has Michelle Obama done? Nothing comes to mind…
Well that’s my wrap up for today. I wish that each and everyone of you could have shared this experience with me. But I hope that my story will make you realize that anyone can be a part of history, all it takes is a little effort, and a passion to make a difference! God Bless!