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. President Obama’s reaction after the close of the convention filled with his usual humbleness via Tweet – with my reply:

For those of you wondering what the picture was, click here.


So — 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.” From what little I’ve read so far, the MSM, White House and Team Obama are already bashing the 82 year old actor. Apparently they aren’t used to someone from Hollywood telling it like it is and not kissing their asses. Life’s tough.

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:

Below is a look back at some of the other speeches and great moments from this year’s RNC 2012. More can be found via my Night One and Night Two posts.

Mia Love

Ann Romney

Condoleeza Rice

Paul Ryan

Clint Eastwood

Marco Rubio



The Useful Links:

Mitt Romney’s Convention Address 

Romney: Obama Wants to Heal the Planet, I Want to Help Your Family

Clint Eastwood grills invisible Obama, says ‘We got to let him go’

Eastwood Turns in a Performance to Remember at RNC

Jeb Bush Calls Out Obama’s Blame Game at RNC

Transcript of Marco Rubio’s Remarks at the Republican National Convention 

Transcript of Pam Finlayson’s Remarks at the RNC 

It’s Over… Even Michael Moore Says: “I Think People Should Start To Practice The Words President Romney” (Video) 

The Sad and Tawdry Line-up for the Democrat Convention in Charlotte

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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  4. MM says:

    Oh man, did you catch the look he gave when he said that line? It was beautiful. It was a good speech but damn, he sure was a lot harder on Newt. I hope we see more of the primary Mitt in the next month.

    If you listen to Levin, he’s been playing bits of Reagan in ’80 and he laid some nonstop pipe on Carter at the convention. And it was never “President” Carter, always Mr. The more time that goes by and the more I read about him and hear him, the more I’m glad I was paying as much attention as I did in the 80s, because I realize I missed a ton.


    • It was exactly what needed to be said. I don’t think the purpose was to slam Obama like he did Newt, the overall tone was “we’re the adults in the room, it’s ok if you join us”.


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