Mitt Romney: Husband, father, and born leader
Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger,...
TAMPA, August 31, 2012 ― The 2012 Republican Convention is now in the books, and what a wild ride it was. It began with the uncertainty of Hurricane Isaac, which spared Tampa and instead attacked New Orleans. Governor Mitt Romney is traveling to Louisiana to survey the damage. The convention received a testosterone injection from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The policy meat came from Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Heartfelt emotion poured forth from former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and private citizen and proud spouse Ann Romney.
Yet everything about conventions comes down to the presidential nominee, and all eyes were on Mitt Romney. The bar had been set high by Paul Ryan. Was Romney going to deliver?
Yes. He had to deliver the speech of his life, and he did.
Before taking the stage, two final speakers gave very different presentations on the final night of the convention.
Surprise guest Clint Eastwood gave a humorous presentation where he “interviewed” President Obama. The role of Obama was appropriately played by an empty chair. The crowd laughed heartily as Eastwood at one point told the chair to “shut up.”
Naturally, Eastwood,with help from the delegates, implored Mr. Obama to “make my day.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought another example of an American success story to the convention. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio brought many to tears with his personal story of how his parents toiled night and day so he could have a better life.
The GOP of the past is gone. It now belongs to people like Susanna Martinez, Condoleeza Rice, and Marco Rubio.
Like many other speakers at the GOP Convention, Rubio easily distinguished the personal from the political with regards to President Obama saying:
* He is a “good husband, a good father, and a good golfer. He’s had a lot of practice.”
* Mr. Obama is a “good person, but a bad president.”
* That Obama’s “ideas are ideas that people come to America to get away from.”
* “The only change is that hope is hard to find.”
* “This election is about your future, not his.”
Mr. Rubio clearly had the crowd choked up when he spoke of his father the bartender and his mother the blue collar toiler at any job she could find. They worked sixteen-hour days, and only now as he observes his own children does Rubio appreciate what he could not fathom back then.
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