Bobby Wood: GOP Convention Update Day 4

Friday, August 31, 2012 - by Bobby Wood, GOP delegate from Harrison

The TN Delegation met for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. discussed past conventions and heard from a noted national pollster, Whitt Ayers, about the methods of polling and the status of the present presidential race.  His findings were that it is dead even, expected little bounce from the Convention and that TN should get involved in assisting some of the swing states since it is safely red.

After a lunch meeting honoring Gov Haslam and an early evening reception recognizing Nashville and hearing songs from Gov Scott Walker's daughter we boarded our buses for the final session of our Convention.


 
Talk about ending it with a boom...it couldn't have been more dramatic. Once again the Colors Presentation, the pledge and the prayer.  This time it was given and ended emphatically "in Jesus Name". Then there were the speeches, the videos and music but this time not just by notable speakers but neighbors, church members and common people Romney had helped.  Then Security began to cordon off the aisle leading from an entrance up to the stage.  Rumors had it that Clint Eastwood was going to make an appearance.  We thought this was it. The crowd was on its feet but the speeches went on.  Then Eastwood walked onto the stage and began to talk to an empty chair as if Pres. Obama was in it.  Every line brought cheers or laughter.  Not a person in the house was sitting.  He talked about the presidents past decisions and actions and seemed to console him then he ended it with, "And you know Mr. President when you hire someone for four years and he can't do the job you have to let him go."  Then he left the stage and the roped off aisle was still empty.
 
Sen. Marco Rubio FL delivered a masterful speech outlining his family's overcoming oppression in Cuba, building a new life in America the land of opportunity and ended it with saying Mitt Romney would make that available of all as the next President of the United States.  Electronic fireworks went off, the band played and people cheered as Romney came down that long vacant aisle with hands reaching out to him from either side.  He then delivered his speech saying, "I wish Pres. Obama had succeeded for I want America to succeed." He touched every base.  "The love of parents is more important than Legislation and laws to that child", "The President had no job experience.  To him jobs are about Government", "He doesn't encourage success, he attacks it", "America is a United Nation, he wants to divide it against itself" and "I want create jobs...to have a celebration tour, not the apology tour the President made".  Then he thanked the people for the opportunity given him to be their President.  The people cheered, Paul Ryan came to the stage...their families came to the stage...fireworks again, the band played again, confetti and thousands of red white and blue baloons fell from the ceiling.  The crowd who had expected Clint Eastwood come down that aisle on a majestic horse wasn't disappointed in it being Mitt Romney.  He had delivered his passion for his country to them and they had cheered....He had made their day.


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B Company, 844th Engineer Battalion Of Chattanooga Organizational Meeting

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Chattanooga Firm Gets $1,010,000 Contract For Overseeing VW Expansion For New SUV Line

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Several Arrested Outside Erlanger Hospital When Crowd Gathers After Woodlawn Shooting

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Chairs Cost How Much?

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Roy Exum: My Dear Friend Luther

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