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From the Floor: Day One

Sam White
Sam White is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Maryland Moment. He is from Odenton in Anne Arundel County.

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

By  |  September 1, 2008; 8:04 PM ET
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I'm looking forward to the debate between Madam(that is a palindrome) Palin and Senator Biden. He is a walking ad for term limits. When is the last time he had a new idea? She seems to have lots of them and enjoys sharing.

Posted by: Robin Ficker, Broker Robin Realty | September 2, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Sam -- Thanks for all of your insights into the excitment. It feels like we're right by your side at the convention as you witness history. Participation in the process is crucial if we're to maintain a democracy that serves ALL the people. It's important that someone like you -- intelligent, ambitious and kind-hearted -- who really cares about the world and our place in it, is on hand to shape the future. We'll continue to look to your blog for your perspective and reaction to the different events. Thanks for being there.

Posted by: Denise M., Washington, DC and Annapolis | September 2, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Great stuff, Sam. I love your real-person commentaries. We get plenty of analysis from partisans of both parties. Its great to get first person "feelings" from someone who remembers how cool it is to still be able to participate in the democratic processes of a republic. Leave the jaded talk to the so-called pros, keep giving us living, breathing observations. Perhaps your experience watching the convention from Iraq four years ago gives you a more dramatic sense of the importance of political decisions and leadership than some others who only look at conventions as Party beauty contests or for factional gamesmanship. Keep up the good work, Sgt. White.

Posted by: Len from D.C. | September 2, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Sam, you have done it again, you are really putting together, excellent down to earth reporting. Keep it up! Maryland is behind you and enjoying your blog!
I remember seeing you on TV and we were touched by your service and patriotism!
Thanks again.

Posted by: Carl | September 2, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

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