Tampa...ablaze with the hopes for a better tomorrow
By: Diane Sori
And so Mitt Romney officially became the Republican nominee for president in a show of Republican unity that brought the house down.
"America has been patient," Romney told the nation. "Americans have supported this president in good faith. But today, the time has come to turn the page."
And how right he is.
Starting off the night with more top Republican players like Newt Gingrich (“We cannot settle for anything less than victory this November."), to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush ("Mitt Romney gets it...that every parent needs to send their kid to a school that meets their needs.") to Romney campaign chair Bob White ("Mitt Romney is the right man at the right time to be President of the United States."), to Romney’s friends, fellow church elders, associates from his business life and people who worked for him when he was governor of Massachusetts who all paid tribute to his compassion and charity, people who put a human side to the man who some claim is stoic and wooden but who in reality is anything but.
And all these led up the hightlights of the evening starting with ‘mystery guest’ Clint Eastwood. But before ‘Dirty Harry’ spoke, a biographical videotape showing the personal side of the life of Mitt Romney and his family was shown including family pictures of his sons and family life, and also included a heartfelt and frank discussion of Ann Romney’s struggle with multiple sclerosis. The was a powerful video showing the true moral character, values, and beliefs of the man who I believe will be our next president, yet the msm networks did NOT show it...and you can guess why.
Clint Eastwood...what can you say about a Hollywood icon who dares to buck the Hollywood liberal elite by standing strong with Mitt Romney. Infusing humor, "Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party" with seriousness, "You and me own this country...NOT politicians" to downright fortitude, "When someone does NOT do their job we've got to let them go" Clint Eastwood brought the audience to its feet and led the way to a man who fired up the audience like none before.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whose senatorial campaign I was proud volunteer on, gave a speech that brought tears to your eyes, a pounding to your heart, and brought the house down. "Our problem is not that Obama is a bad person but that he is a bad president" started Rubio and he was off and running.
Stepping into the national spotlight with a speech focusing on how America is an ‘exceptional’ country, Marco spoke of his parents’ journey from Cuba to the United States as proof that America is indeed an exceptional country. “The dreams he had when he was young became impossible to achieve,” Marco said of his Cuban-born grandfather, the man with whom he watched his first GOP convention with in 1980. “But there was no limit to how far I could go, because I was an American.”
And what an American Marco Rubio is and we here in Florida could not be prouder of the man who, like Paul Ryan, represents the future of the Republican Party.
Marco told how Obama’s signature agenda items, such as the national health-care law known as ObamaCare and the economic stimulus represent “ideas that people come to America to get away from.”
“No matter how you feel about President Obama, this election is about your future, not about his, and this election is not simply a choice between a Democrat and a Republican...it’s a choice about what kind of country we want America to be,” Marco said.
He added, “We’re special because dreams that are impossible anywhere else, come true here.” And those dreams are the basis of America’s greatness and exceptionalism, something Barack Hussein Obama seems to forget.
Marco praised Romney at length in his speech, culminating with the words, “And in November...Mitt Romney, will be elected president of these United States,” said to boisterous cheers from the crowd.
With the room on fire, Mitt Romney gave both a spirited and personal speech after an entrance that was both presidential and people-friendly as he came out through the crowd NOT down some grand staircase and pillars as another had done.
"Now is the time to restore the promise of America," Romney said to a nation struggling with unemployment and the slowest economic recovery in decades.
"I wish President Obama had succeeded, because I want America to succeed," Romney said. "But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. ... We deserve better."
Yes we do.
"The centerpiece of the president's campaign is to attack success. In America we celebrate success...we don't apologize for success."
NO we don’t for success is what makes America great. Success stories abound, personal stories of people coming to this country with nothing and ending up living the American dream...personal stories of hopes and dreams fulfilled...stories that drive home the point that ‘WE built it NOT the government!’
"What America needs is jobs, lots of jobs," Romney said. "To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right." "The president is disappointing America because...he had NO experience how to run a business...jobs to him are about government."
Mitt Romney was on fire!
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney said, “My promise is to help you and your family.”
And the room was on its feet as that crowd knew that that is a promise that Mitt Romney will keep.
"Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”
I was applauding along with those in the room as I saw greatness in this man...a decent humble man who truly believes in America and in Americans.
Yes we deserve better, yes our children deserve better, and yes our country deserves better, and under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration America’s greatness WILL be restored to her. Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration Americans WILL be put back to work as jobs are created. Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration America will become a respected world leader again with NO apologies given for her actions. Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration class divisiveness WILL end, women will NOT be used as political fodder, religious beliefs WILL be respected and honored without government intrusion, and the ‘can-do’ spirit of individual achievement will be encouraged.
Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration our military WILL be restored to her former glory and become a force to be feared NOT mocked and degraded. Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration American exceptionalism will lead us forward to a bright future...a future based upon the law of our Constitution...a future based upon our Creator and our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness NOT a bleak future riddled with class warfare, racial tensions, and the majority dependent on the government for their survival.
Under a ROMNEY/RYAN administration all things will become possible as we will believe in ourselves again...we will believe in America again...we will be proud of our president again!
And Mitt Romney will be one exceptional president!
Hurry up November 6th...America is waiting.