From the Floor: Day One
The first day is over at the convention and it was really amazing.
Before we went to the convention hall, we were taken to Circus Juventas for an abbreviated (due to the hurricane) version of their show. This organization is an amazing group of young women and men ages 2 -21 who are being taught the art of the circus. An amazing show by an amazing group of people, Google them to find out more.
After that we went to the Xcel Energy Center to begin the convention. It was such a humbling experience to walk into that hall. The energy from the delegates, the media, guests, and staff was hard to describe. The best way to describe it is when you go see your favorite band or singing group and you walk into the arena and there is the stage. You try to pass the time, but the only thing that you have on your mind is "When is it going to start!?"
Well, the anticipation paid off and it began. The business of the day was to nominate the candidates and to ratify the platform as well as other administrative items which we did unanimously.
Then the best part came. As we were sitting there, the chairman walked off the stage without introducing anyone and I thought that it might be over. But then, an announcer came on and introduced Laura Bush! It was awesome.
All the delegates knew that we had to focus our attention on the Gulf states and NO ONE complained even a bit. However, there was a sense of disappointment that is only natural when you get excited about seeing the people that you have followed for so many years. But when the First Lady came out along with Cindy McCain, the entire hall burst into applause! What a surprise!
It was truly an awesome moment.
I got my picture with Miss Minnesota as well. I think she liked me. Don't worry Karen, I told her I have a beautiful young lady at home waiting for me.
-- Sam Wite
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