As I did with the DNC convention, I'm going to live blog it. I might not get every hour or every speech being that I have more time restrictions (now that I'm in college). I'll try my best.
Norm Coleman is going to talk. Minnesota talk. Exciting.
Some video about the American flag. Interesting. Now the pledge of allegiance.
It seems there is less people in the crowd than at the DNC convention. Does the Democratic party have more delegates than the Republicans? Hmm.
Michelle Bachmann is speaking. She looks way way too phony. Ha. 23 foster children?! Wha? Man, talk about boring (the speech that is). I guess tonight's topic is called "Service" and she is talking at lengths about it. They should have limited the message control and let her tackle energy, which she recently has been very vocal about.
Story about adoption. Cindy McCain related. Touching.
Boring. At least it is somewhat watchable. The DNC convention had some cringe worthy audience responses (i.e. the first two days of the convention). I wonder what the audience reponse will be to Joe Lieberman? We'll see.
The stage is really low tech. Quite the contrast from the the DNC convention. I wonder what the viewer at home thinks about it.
AC/DC playing for intermission music? Awesome.
Bush arrives, the first one that is.
First the Teddy Roosevelt tribute, now Abe Lincoln.
I know I said before that the DNC convention was way over the top, but this one seems too scaled back. Odd.
The audience also seems a lot older looking than those in the DNC convention. Interesting. Generational divide?
Lots of religious talk. Wooing the social conservative crowd?
More talk of service.
Laura Bush introduces President Bush (Let's keep it short Bush, shall we?).
Bush kept it short and sweet. Nothing that could backfire (or so we can hope?).
Fred Thompson bringing the red meat. Defends Palin, speaks well of McCain (and his military service). Good speech.
Joe Lieberman has arrived. The crowd cheers (if only McCain selected him, ha!). Alright speech. He actually got the words "immigration reform" and the name "Clinton" in without boos. Amazing. Lieberman speaking directly to Democrats and Independents (You speaking to me Joe?) to vote for McCain. I wonder how many people will listen to him.
They are really driving home this "Country First" message.
Well, it's basically over. I would compare this first day (or "second") to that of the first two days of the DNC convention. Toned down (though maybe a little too toned down) and straight to the point. The audience response was similar also (in that they didn't show a lot of energy). We'll see what the next two days bring.