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THE FRIDAY FOCUS
RNC 2012 Edition
The 40th Republican National Convention has come to a close and I can say without a doubt that We Built This.
What did we see? We saw a lot of passionate speeches and some controversy. We saw no lack of media bias, which was expected, but still managed to exceed disgust expectations.
What did we come away with? We came away with a sense that there were finally some adults in the room and that the hard jobs that are ahead of us as a nation will finally be addressed — and resolved. A lot of people were hoping for harder punches to be thrown at Obama – give him a taste of his own medicine. That was not what I expected, however. I expected an even, consistent tone that hit Obama on his record and that is exactly what was delivered. This convention was a success in my opinion.
I want to draw attention to the speech given by Pam Finlayson early on in the evening. It brought me to tears several times. I would urge you to read it.
Eastwood was perfect. Understated, with humor yet a remorseful tone at the same time, using an empty chair as a prop in which an invisible Obama was seated. Fitting. Eastwood had many memorable lines like, “When somebody does not do the job, we got to let him go,” and this zinger for Biden, “You’re getting as bad as Biden,” he said to the chair. “Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party: kind of a grin with a body behind it.”
Rubio turned it up a notch and one of his best lines was, “These are the ideas that people come to America to get away from.” Rubio’s speech and introduction of Mitt Romney were clear and rang true.
Mitt Romney’s speech can be described as nothing less than a sincere and honest home run. If I had any reservations about him before, they are now gone. This man, with Paul Ryan as his VP, will lead America back into the light. His speech was longer than the others, as to be expected, but it was this line that drove it home for me and I would think for everyone watching, “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
Here is Mitt Romney’s Speech:
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Speech of the night without question goes to Paul Ryan. I’m sure Obama curled up with his laptop and cried last night after seeing that speech. My favorite passage:
Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.
It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.
It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.
It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.
It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.
President Obama was asked not long ago to reflect on any mistakes he might have made. He said, well, “I haven’t communicated enough.” He said his job is to “tell a story to the American people” – as if that’s the whole problem here? He needs to talk more, and we need to be better listeners?
Paul Ryan Rocks. Period. The end. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
O.K., enough mooning over Ryan — Now, on to the meat of last night’s Convention.
This is a roundup of the speakers and related articles for the RNC 2012 Night Two. You can find my post for RNC Night One here. I watched the speeches on UNC-TV, the public station here in the Triangle, NC. I had to if I wanted to actually SEE the speeches in their entirety, since when I browsed local ABC and CBS, it was mostly their talking heads yapping while you could see the speaker on the stage behind them clearly still talking. NBC (WRAL) local didn’t even have coverage of the convention last night. Pathetic.
One piece that needs to be addressed from my RNC Night One post is Juan Williams. It appears he has issued an apolo-attack to Ann Romney on the FOX news website. I read it and think Mr. Williams might want to call over to Current TV to inquire about positions available there. What an ass….but what do I know? I’m just a blogger. Read Dan Riehl’s slap-down of Williams’s apolo-attack – he nails it.
The schedule of events has the list of speakers each night. I’ve got the following speech videos linked below. The GOP has a YouTube channel set up for the convention as well, that’s a useful place to look for videos I may not have posted. My usual useful links and more are at the bottom of the post.
Ron Paul (video tribute)
Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno
The best ones of the night, aside from Paul Ryan, were definitely Condoleeza Rice and Susana Martinez. By the way, Rice didn’t use a teleprompter. She just referred to her notes. Eat it, Obama. I am embedding Ryan and Rice’s speeches below as well, with the full text of their remarks above each video. I originally was going to just embed Ryan’s speech, but then I found out that ABC News Aired Less than Two Minutes of Condi’s Speech and decided ABC viewers might like to see her speech too. Take note of the protester who attempted to disrupt Ryan’s Speech. You can read about it here:
Abortion Rights Protester, Using Pass Obtained From Ron Paul Delegate, Disrupted Paul Ryan’s RNC Speech
I have one thing to say about that — Ron Paul Supporters continue to be their own worst enemies.
Here are the speeches: Continue reading