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From the Floor: High Energy

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.

Wow!!! That is all that I can say about what happened Tuesday night. Monday, with Hurricane Gustav on the horizon, the people of the convention spent the evening getting the official business of the convention finished so that we could officially get started. We did get a good boost when the First Lady and Cindy McCain came out and we were all very grateful for that.

However, with Gustav's glancing blow behind us (although it did have an impact), we were able to focus on a more jovial evening filled with inspirational stories and speakers.

First, let me tell you about what we did Tuesday. We started the day off with our delegation breakfast where we had McCain's son Doug speak to us as well as Honorary Chairman Alvarez who was a POW for longer than McCain. He commented on how John McCain and the other POWs would joke about the fact that though they had been there for many years, at least they hadn't "been there as long as Everett." We also had the privilege of hearing from Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona.

After that I had the pleasure of meeting a young man named Trey who owned the barber shop across the street from our hotel. He was so eloquent and appreciative of the service of the men and women of the Armed Services and really extended to me the "Minnesota Nice" that we all hear about.

I know what you are thinking, "how can it get better than that?" Well, how about a Veteran's Reception at which we were personally thanked by John Voight, (oh yeah I got a picture.) It was a very humbling experience to be able to meet so many different Veterans from across the nation, and I made some friends that I hope to keep for a long while.

Now on to the convention. Let me say that there have been protestors, but I welcome that. The ability to speak your mind is what makes this country so great!

As for the convention hall. There was soooo much more energy there Tuesday night. Everyone was there for a common cause and you could feel the passion, patriotism and overall sense that America is good place and we are so glad to be a part of it.

We were able to hear from a young lady who started which is an organization that helps people find a home. This young lady, whose selfless actions have helped so many people, is an inspiration to even the most accomplished among us!

Then we were able to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect America and our way of life

After that I was able to get about 20 feet from President George H.W. Bush. You know folks, you can spend your whole adult life reading about people and seeing them on T.V. but when you see them in person (even from far away) it really drives home all the things that you read about them.

The evening ended with a very good story of John McCain's life and unyielding character by [former senator] Fred Thompson. His ability to really simplify a very intricate point and make you see it in the light that it should be is uncanny and it was a pleasure to see him in person.

Finally, the evening ended with Sen. Joe Lieberman talking about his relationship with McCain and how he decided to leave party partisanship behind to do what, in his opinion, was the right thing. A Democrat at a Republican convention. WOW!

I can't wait to speak with you again, and I hope you are all enjoying this humble look at the Republican National Convention. I welcome any comments and would love to answer any questions so get online and let me know what you think.

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 3, 2008; 10:45 AM ET
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Mr. White - Excellent posting today (9/3) -- I enjoyed hearing about the speakers -- the woman from must have been especially inspiring, Alvarez must have been interesting, and who can beat Jon Voight! I might actually be envious. Thanks for being our eyes and ears.

Posted by: Denise M., Washington, DC and Annapolis | September 3, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Sgt. White -- Thank you again for your enthusiastic reports. I am reminded, however, that the celebrities, the powerful, and the elected wouldn't be there but for the support of folks like you. You are performing a service and participating in a process that has been alive since the beginnings of the American republic. Sharp-eyed enthusiasm becomes it. Well done.

Posted by: Len from DC and the neighborhoodl | September 3, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Watching the coverage, and the panning shots of the crowd, I did not see one black person (except for John and Cindy's stepdaughter), one hispanics or any asians. Was this intentional? What happened to good 'Ol fashion Stagecraft and does GOP stand for GOOD OLD (WHITE) People?

Posted by: latinovoter | September 3, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I think it's amazing that "even the most accomplished" among the Republicans were impressed by that girl who is doing good work. I imagine that you accomplished people are not impressed by do-gooders very often at all! Quite a feat for her! Very excellent.

Posted by: Chella | September 3, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

where are the minorities?
we should have 1.8 blacks
for every 6.7 whites,
and of course a random
mixture of asians
and pacific islanders!
and oh,
jakarta is not a part
of america, until Jan.20th.

Posted by: martin | September 3, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I have read your comments, observations and in-depth look at the convention proceedings including how awesome it was to be so close to the ex president.

Have pondered greatly on how to let you know of my reaction to your blog of this day but I am speechless.

Posted by: Kent Sherwood | September 3, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

This is what Palin wants to teach our children in public schools

Posted by: Creamsykle | September 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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