"Mr. Chairman, delegates, I accept your nomination for President of the United States" --
Mitt Romney, 10:36 p,m. Aug. 30, 2012, RNC, Tampa Florida
I am still having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that a farm girl from rural Northeast Ohio had the opportunity to be a part of this process. Wow. I've used that single word a lot this week.
I am watching the playback of the convention as I am typing this blog. The atmosphere seems so calm on television. It certainly wasn't calm or quiet on the floor. Our hands sting from clapping and I suspect tomorrow morning I will feel the effects of hundreds of deep knee bends because of how many times we popped up and down cheering.
My assigned seat this evening was 11th row, smack dab center stage. I didn't even have to zoom my camera to video. Wow. I was able to get a lot of great photos and video which I can upload to the Medina County Republican Women site -- once I return home and the grandchildren help me with the technology!
The New Jersey delegation was seated on the right side of the aisle across from the Ohio delegation. It was neat to see Ohio's Governor Kasich and New Jersey Governor Christie chatting in the aisle during a small break just prior to Governor Romney taking the stage.
Tonight was a strong night. There were noticeable tears from people sitting in my row more than once during the night, twice during testimonial speakers and twice during Governor Romney's speech.
I believe that with the winding up of the convention tonight, the country had an opportunity to start getting to know Mitt Romney. I believe people are paying attention to this election because they are hurting so much.
Next week the Democrats will have their Convention. I've always believed that politics is history in the present tense. That belief has never been more accurate than it is this election.
Over the next 60 days, Americans have an historically important decision to make. Many who are ourselves not better off than we were four years ago or who have friends, family or neighbors who are not better off than we were four years ago. Those people want change, the kind of change Mitt Romney offers.
There is every reason to believe this election will be a defining moment in the direction of our country. Republicans are counting on Mitt Romney to do with our country what he has done so well with other challenges all his life, turn it around and make things better.
EARLIER POST ON THURSDAY'S EVENTS:
The Ohio delegation had a brunch with Carl Rove at the Columbia, the oldest restaurant in Tampa. He talked a lot about the importance of job creation and economic recovery. He also commented on the contributions and longevity of our Ohio party chair, Bob Bennett, joking he was the president of the Young Republicans Club during the Lincoln administration.
We arrived at the convention hall at 5:45 p.m. for activities to begin at 7 p.m.
This is really the first opportunity we've had to interact with delegated from other states. A delegate from California offered a 6 inch Romney button and a box of candy for my Buckeyes for Romney button hand crafted by Fran DeWine, wife of Attorney General Mike DeWine. Fran has handcrafted buttons for Ohio delegates made from Buckeyes grown on their for Ohio farm for six conventions. Chocolate or no chocolate...I still have my buckeye button.
From conversations with delegates from other states the importance of Ohio seems ever more clear. Not many have had the same guests for breakfast.
The stage is bigger tonight and the seats have been pushed back a bit. Noticing that, I looked more closely at the structure of the hall and, I believe, for the first time, looked up. Yikes! There are huge nets of balloons centered directly over the expanse of the Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania delegations. Just before my next and likely last convention blog, those balloons will have dropped.
Lynda Bowers is a trustee from Lafayette Township in Medina County.