#BarackWasSoPoor: Michelle Obama’s Speech Gives Birth to a Whole New Category of Jokes

Bookmark and Share¬† The first night of the Democratic National Convention provided liberals with a lot of Obam-like false hope for the reelection of¬†their earth healing, sea slaying messiah.¬† From Newark Mayor Corey Booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval¬†Patrick and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, diehard Democrats were given plenty of red meat as they offered statistical¬†half truths¬†and downright distortions of history and the Obama record.¬† Then there was the Lilith Fair section of the night where a cavalcade of hypocritical¬†liberal women took to the stage to deliver¬†a hypocritically¬†¬†anti-feminist¬†message¬†that essentially argued women are helpless without government in control of their lives and the lives of their families.

Then came the competitions.

While Republicans served up Hispanic speakers such as New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco and other rising stars in their Party, Democrats did their best to upstage the G.O.P. with an even longer list of liberal Hispanic speakers.  In addition to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who chairs the convention, the DNC featured the young Hispanic Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julian Castro.

On it’s own¬†Castro’s speech was a solid statement of Democratic dogma which nailed the left’s dependency on government by mixing it with the American dream and making big government the source of that dream.¬† For those on the left it was an inspiring articulation of their principles.¬† But for those of us who believe that¬†the American dream is based¬†not upon government but rather upon personal freedom and liberty and an opportunity society, Castro’s speech was a¬†watered down version of the speech Marco Rubio delivered last week when he introduced Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the G.O.P. convention in Tampa.

Both men focussed on the plight of their immigrant parents and grandparents but coming after Marco Rubio’s speech, Castro’s keynote seemed to simply mimic¬†Rubio’s.¬† The most notable occasion¬†came when Julian Castro remarked that his mother held a mop so that someday he could hold the microphone that he was addressing convention goers from.¬† On Thursday night Marco Rubio put it this way;¬† “My father stood behind that bar in the back of room so that someday I could stand behind this podium at the front of the room.”

But after the DNC turned the night into a competition of which Party had leaders who came from poorer immigrant roots than the other, Michelle Obama took to the stage to deliver a speech that tried to take control on the market on which Party had the presidential candidate who was raised under the poorest conditions.

Last Tuesday, Ann Romney told listeners about how when she and Mitt were married¬†they moved in to a small basement¬†apartment where they ate off an ironing board that doubled as their kitchen table and how they sat at a¬†desk that was a door which straddled atop two¬†saw horses.¬† Last night Michelle Obama told listeners a story about how when she was first married, Barack Obama’s best pair of shoes were half a size too small, and how in their first apartment the two of them sat in front of a coffee table¬†which Barack¬†found in the dump.¬† She spoke of the two having a crushing college tuition debt and how in trheir first car she could see the tar ¬†of the road pass beneath them.

From the onset it became quite obvious that the Obama’s did not want people to think that the Romney’s were ever poorer than them.¬† For the Romney’s the telling of the humble beginnings of their marriage was designed¬†to convey a sense of a man who is self-made and who understands how people struggle with the responsibilities of life.¬† It was a necessary¬†move to humanize Mitt Romney¬†in the face of a liberal class warfare strategy being waged by the President and his supporters.¬† But the Obama’s were obviously threatened by Ann’s ability to portray Romney as a man who created his own wealth.¬† So Michelle told Americans a story about an impoverished young man who picked himself up by his own bootstraps to become a champion of the poor.

In the wake of Ann Romney’s speech, the rekindled Obama narrative was so pronounced that it sparked a new hashtag¬†specifically for jokes about how Barack Obama was.¬† A visit to #BarackWasSoPoor on Twitter now show tens of thousands tweets mocking Michelle’s attempt to lay the groundwork for her husband’s next round of class warfare.¬†¬†There you will find ¬†such gems as #BarackWasSoPoor¬† He could only afford to date composite women”, and #BarackWasSoPoor that he is making up for it now spending your money”.¬†¬†Another example of the creative spin on the theme came from LiberalsRdouchebags who wrote; #BarackWasSoPoor he wants to turn America into a 3rd world country so he feels at home”.

The reaction which led to this new line of political humor was a direct response to the utterly ridiculous premise that Michelle tried to create for her husband regarding his background.¬† Contrary to the Dickens-like portrayal we saw from the First Lady on Monday, both Barack and Michelle Obama were actually raised in conditions that were far from what could be described as impoverished.¬† Michelle attended a magnate school for Chicago’s rich and famous called Whitney Young.¬† At the same time, young master Barack was not exactly running around in the tough poverty¬†riddled¬†streets of Hawaii.¬† Instead, back when his mother was earning a $160,000 a year salary, he was hidden behind the sheltered walls of¬†Punahou, ¬†a private preparatory¬†school comprised of¬†Hawaii’s blue blooded elitists.¬†¬†¬†¬†That is¬†hardly a convincing argument when trying to demonstrate¬†how in touch with the average middle class¬†American the President is.¬† But they were also facts which were deleted from the First Lady’s speech last night.

Meanwhile as the spontaneous flow of the internet’s maze of social networks began to flood the web with a mix of negative and positive reactions to the introductory night of the Democratic National Convention, the mainstream media mainly gushed with praise of the entire first night of the convention.¬† Few if any news outlets produced true news stories that lacked¬†any spin or featured “fact check” headlines which clarified the First Lady’s mischaracterizations of some kind of less¬†than humble beginnings that she and her husband shared.¬† Instead what we saw from the lamestream¬†media was unequivocal high praise for every word, distortion, and misleading message the left fed to voters.

The liberal dominated pre-fabricated news media even saw fit to attempt to proclaim that Democrats in Charlotte were much more enthusiastic and energized by their convention than Republicans who attended their own convention in Tampa.

CNN political reporter Peter Hamby, tweeted the following;

To which I replied ;

Other media outlets ranging from MSNBC and their merry masters of misinformation including Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow¬†echoed similar¬†sentiments and so did those at Al Gore’s dyeing¬†cable station Current, where disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer claimed¬†the energy at the DNC far surpassed the energy level he believed that Republicans had at the RNC.¬†¬† No one is quite certain what those assertions were based¬†upon other than the wishful thinking of demoralized leftists who are in¬†desperate search of good news for the President’s reelection effort.¬† But the truth flies in the¬†face of wishful Democrats who would like us to believe that Republicans are not very enthusiastic about their presidential ticket.¬† As usual the fact indicate¬†just the opposite of what liberals propose to be true.¬† Poll after poll has shown that Republicans are more enthusiastic about their presidential ticket than are Democrats with the Obama/Biden ticket.

And to add insult to injury for Obama boosters, political analyst Charlie Cook has demonstrated¬†that Democrats are suffering from multiple enthusiasm gaps.¬† The two most noticeable¬†manifestations of this¬†problem for the¬†President exists¬†among Hispanic and¬†young voters, two of the groups most responsible for President Obama’s 7% margin of victory in the popular vote during the 2008 election. That spells trouble for Democrats and it also explains the need for leftists media mouthpieces to argue that Republicans are not as supportive of Romney as Democrats are of President Obama.

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Ann Romney Delivered the Strongest and Most Effective Speech of the Night: See the Video

¬†¬† Bookmark and Share¬† Under a theme of ‚ÄúWe Built It‚ÄĚ, the first night of the Republican convention successfully articulated its point that Barack Obama is out of touch with most Americans who value the principles which made this nation great and who understand that America‚Äôs greatness lies within its people, not its government. And while speaker after speaker helped to drive that point home, it was Ann Romney who stole the night with a speech that stunned listeners right out of the political settings of the convention and drew them in to a pleasant and even inspiring personal story that introduced her husband, Mitt Romney, to voters in a way and context that they have not before seen him in. (See the video and full text of her speech below this post)

Ann Romney‚Äôs carefully crafted speech immediately caught your attention thanks in large part to the startling difference in tone¬†she struck from the onset.¬† Before she took to the stage, each of the speakers who preceded her delivered speeches filled with the type of political red meat that pumped up partisans want to hear.¬† But Ann Romney came out and in dramatic fashion, promptly filled the convention arena with an air of civility and sweetness that quickly captivated her audience as she ¬†looked straight into the camera and said, ‚ÄúI want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours. Tonight I want to talk to you about love.‚ÄĚ

It was a sharp but brilliant transition from the ideological arguments that define a political convention to a more conversational dialogue about everyday life.  In this case, everyday life with a potential President of the United States.  It was a perfect introduction of Ann Romney to the nation that left viewers with a pleasant, positive and even endearing impression of her.  And it not only left viewers with a positive sense of herself, it also helped open a door to the creation of a fresh new impression of Mitt Romney.  Up to now, with hundreds of millions of dollars in negative ads by the Obama campaign, Mitt Romney has been defined largely as a cold blooded, robber baron who grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth.  But Ann Romney’s convincing description of her life with Mitt, helped to turn the impression that team Obama has created of Mitt Romney into a false impression.  With great success, Ann Romney softened Mitt Romney’s image and pushed away the dark picture drawn by Democrats that depict him as a plutocrat with an easy, carefree, life.

She explained how when first married, she and Mitt moved into a basement apartment where they sat at a desk that was actually a door propped up on sawhorses¬†and ate at a fold down ironing board that doubled as their kitchen dinner table.¬†¬† And she assured people that¬†success for her and her husband did not just fall into their laps.¬† In one of the most powerful moments in her speech, Romney looked into our eyes and stated ‚ÄúBut as his partner on this amazing journey, I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it.‚ÄĚ

And for those who may fall for the liberal class warfare tactics¬†and try to motivate voters against the Romney’s by inspiring them to envy¬†the Romney’s¬†by¬†describing their relationship as a “storybook marriage”, Ann Romney offered a one of her most poignant points of the night when she said;

“I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a “storybook marriage.” Well, in the story books¬†I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those story books never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.”

Ann Romney’s speech had many potent lines.  But it was her delivery that made them convincing and ultimately the most succesful speech of the evening.  With grace and confidence one could not help but sense a genuine sense of honesty in her words….. words that lacked the type of partisanship which often spoil the otherwise honest assessments of a speaker’s topic of discussion.

Romney’s speech was exactly what was needed to attract independent voters who could live without the partisan political propaganda that conventions are made of.  Coming from Ann, every point she stressed seemed to be more logical than political.  While others addressed  the very real class warfare tactics that Democrats are trying to wage, they did so in harsh terms that has a tendency to make voters tune out and write off as being typical political rhetoric.  But Ann Romney broached that issue by addressing it on a personal level rather than a political level by putting it this way;

It’s true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked.¬† Are those really the values that made our country great?¬† As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success? Do we send our children out in the world with the advice, “Try to do… okay?”

With Ann Romney, gone were the harsh phrases and direct accusations of political treachery.  Instead she replaced them with an everyday approach to the issue that made one have to actually think about whether being successful is really a bad thing to be.

In her approximately 20 minute speech, the future First Lady touched upon every point the campaign needed to addres, but two things made it the best and most successful speech of the first night of the convention……… context and presentation.  It was the lack of overtly political and blatantly ideological context that she used when addressing those points that made each one she touched  believable and convincing to the larger group of voters outside the walls of the convention.  And that it was a truly well written, well delivered, well strategized political speech is suppose to do.

Full Text of Ann Romney’s Speech

Mrs. Ann Romney

Republican National Convention

August 28, 2012

Luce, thank you for that kind introduction.

I want to talk to you tonight not about politics and not about party.

And while there are many important issues we’ll hear discussed in this convention and throughout this campaign, tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts.

I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours.

Tonight I want to talk to you about love.

I want to talk to you about the deep and abiding love I have for a man I met at a dance many years ago. And the profound love I have, and I know we share, for this country.

I want to talk to you about that love so deep only a mother can fathom it — the love we have for our children and our children’s children.

And I want us to think tonight about the love we all share for those Americans, our brothers and sisters, who are going through difficult times, whose days are never easy, nights are always long, and whose work never seems done.

They are here among us tonight in this hall; they are here in neighborhoods across Tampa and all across America. The parents who lie awake at night side by side, wondering how they’ll be able to pay the mortgage or make the rent; the single dad who’s working extra hours tonight, so that his kids can buy some new clothes to go back to school, can take a school trip or play a sport, so his kids can feel… like the other kids.

And the working moms who love their jobs but would like to work just a little less to spend more time with the kids, but that’s just out of the question with this economy. Or that couple who would like to have another child, but wonder how will they afford it.

I’ve been all across this country for the past year and a half and heard these stories of how hard it is to get ahead now. I’ve heard your voices: “I’m running in place,” “we just can’t get ahead.”

Sometimes I think that late at night, if we were all silent for just a few moments and listened carefully, we could hear a great collective sigh from the moms and dads across America who made it through another day, and know that they’ll make it through another one tomorrow. But in that end of the day moment, they just aren’t sure how.

And if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men. It’s how it is, isn’t it?

It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right.

It’s the moms of this nation — single, married, widowed — who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters.

You know it’s true, don’t you?

You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.

You know what it’s like to work a little harder during the day to earn the respect you deserve at work and then come home to help with that book report which just has to be done.

You know what those late night phone calls with an elderly parent are like and the long weekend drives just to see how they’re doing.

You know the fastest route to the local emergency room and which doctors actually answer the phone when you call at night.

You know what it’s like to sit in that graduation ceremony and wonder how it was that so many long days turned into years that went by so quickly.

You are the best of America.

You are the hope of America.

There would not be an America without you.

Tonight, we salute you and sing your praises.

I’m not sure if men really understand this, but I don’t think there’s a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our own ways, we all know better!

And that’s fine. We don’t want easy. But these last few years have been harder than they needed to be. It’s all the little things — that price at the pump you just can’t believe, the grocery bills that just get bigger; all those things that used to be free, like school sports, are now one more bill to pay. It’s all the little things that pile up to become big things.¬† And the big things¬† — the good jobs, the chance at college, that home you want to buy, just get harder.¬† Everything has become harder.

We’re too smart to know there aren’t easy answers. But we’re not dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers.

And that is where this boy I met at a high school dance comes in. His name is Mitt Romney and you really should get to know him.

I could tell you why I fell in love with him — he was tall, laughed a lot, was nervous — girls like that, it shows the guy’s a little intimidated — and he was nice to my parents but he was really glad when my parents weren’t around.

That’s a good thing.¬† And he made me laugh.

I am the granddaughter of a Welsh coal miner who was determined that his kids get out of the mines. My dad got his first job when he was six years old, in a little village in Wales called Nantyffyllon, cleaning bottles at the Colliers Arms.

When he was 15, dad came to America. In our country, he saw hope and an opportunity to escape from poverty. He moved to a small town in the great state of Michigan.¬† There, he started a business — one he built himself, by the way.

He raised a family. And he became mayor of our town.

My dad would often remind my brothers and me how fortunate we were to grow up in a place like America.¬† He wanted us to have every opportunity that came with life in this country — and so he pushed us to be our best and give our all.

Inside the houses that lined the streets of our town, there were a lot of good fathers teaching their sons and daughters those same values.¬† I didn’t know it at the time, but one of those dads was my future father-in-law, George Romney.

Mitt’s dad never graduated from college. Instead, he became a carpenter.

He worked hard, and he became the head of a car company, and then the governor of Michigan.

When Mitt and I met and fell in love, we were determined not to let anything stand in the way of our life together. I was an Episcopalian. He was a Mormon. 

We were very young. Both still in college. There were many reasons to delay marriage, and you know?¬† We just didn’t care.¬† We got married and moved into a basement apartment. We walked to class together, shared the housekeeping, and ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish.¬† Our desk was a door propped up on sawhorses.¬† Our dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen.¬† Those were very special days.

Then our first son came along.¬† All at once I’m 22 years old, with a baby and a husband who’s going to business school and law school at the same time, and I can tell you, probably like every other girl who finds herself in a new life far from family and friends, with a new baby and a new husband, that it dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into.

That was 42 years ago. Now we have five sons and 18 grandchildren and I’m still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance.

I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a “storybook marriage.” Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.

A storybook marriage?  No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.

I know this good and decent man for what he is — warm and loving and patient.

He has tried to live his life with a set of values centered on family, faith, and love of one’s fellow man. From the time we were first married, I’ve seen him spend countless hours helping others. I’ve seen him drop everything to help a friend in trouble, and been there when late-night calls of panic came from a member of our church whose child had been taken to the hospital.

You may not agree with Mitt’s positions on issues or his politics. Massachusetts is only 13% Republican, so it’s not like that’s a shock.

But let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next President:

No one will work harder.

No one will care more.

No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live!

It’s true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked.¬† Are those really the values that made our country great?¬† As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?

Do we send our children out in the world with the advice, “Try to do… okay?”

And let’s be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney’s success?

Of course not.

Mitt will be the first to tell you that he is the most fortunate man in the world. He had two loving parents who gave him strong values and taught him the value of work.  He had the chance to get the education his father never had.

But as his partner on this amazing journey, I can tell you Mitt Romney was not handed success.

He built it.

He stayed in Massachusetts after graduate school and got a job. I saw the long hours that started with that first job. I was there when he and a small group of friends talked about starting a new company.¬† I was there when they struggled and wondered if the whole idea just wasn’t going to work.¬† Mitt’s reaction was to work harder and press on.

Today that company has become another great American success story.

Has it made those who started the company successful beyond their dreams?

Yes, it has.

It allowed us to give our sons the chance at good educations and made all those long hours of book reports and homework worth every minute.¬† It’s given us the deep satisfaction of being able to help others in ways that we could never have imagined.¬† Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point.¬† And we’re no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities.¬† They don’t do it so that others will think more of them.

They do it because there IS no greater joy.

“Give and it shall be given unto you.”

But because this is America, that small company which grew has helped so many others lead better lives. The jobs that grew from the risks they took have become college educations, first homes.  That success has helped fund scholarships, pensions, and retirement funds.  This is the genius of America: dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams.

At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others.  He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up.

He did it in Massachusetts, where he guided a state from economic crisis to unemployment of just 4.7%.

Under Mitt, Massachusetts’s schools were the best in the nation. The best.¬† He started the John and Abigail Adams scholarships, which give the top 25% of high school graduates a four-year tuition-free scholarship.

This is the man America needs.

This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.

I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment:

This man will not fail.

This man will not let us down.

This man will lift up America!

It has been 47 years since that tall, kind of charming young man brought me home from our first dance. Not every day since has been easy.

But he still makes me laugh. And never once did I have a single reason to doubt that I was the luckiest woman in the world.

I said tonight I wanted to talk to you about love. Look into your hearts.

This is our country.

This is our future.

These are our children and grandchildren.

You can trust Mitt.

He loves America. 

He will take us to a better place, just as he took me home safely from that dance.

Give him that chance.

Give America that chance.

God bless each of you and God Bless the United States of America.

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John Sununu’s Speech Nominating Mitt Romney for President

  Bookmark and Share   Late Monday afternoon, former New Hampshire Governor and George H. W. Bush Chief of Staff John Sununu officially nominated Mitt for the Republican nomination for President at the republican national Convention.

Due to the condensed schedule of the convention because of Hurricane Isaac, the nomination speech did not receive the type of attention that such speeches typically do but Sununu’s¬†remarks should not be¬†overlooked.¬† In nominating Romney, he offered Americans a superb summation of the reasons why Romney is worthy of being our President and why he should be our next President.

Below you will find a video of his speech and its full text.

Full Text of Sununu’s Nomination Speech

The Hon. John Sununu Former Governor of New Hampshire

Republican National Convention

August 28, 2012

In these critical times America needs a leader.

Our economy is stagnant.

Our vitality has been sapped.

Our confidence is down.

We are saddled with a failed presidency, with an incumbent president who has not led.

America needs real change, and we are here to affirm a leader who will produce that change.   There are many reasons America needs Mitt Romney at the helm.   We have 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed because Barack Obama cannot figure out what makes free enterprise work.

Mitt Romney will get our private sector moving again, and will respect the successes of our entrepreneurs who deserve credit because they really did build it.   In these difficult times our nation still depends on others for our energy resources Рeven though we share the largest overall supplies of energy in the world Рbecause we have an administration that shuns those assets and keeps us dependent on fragile foreign supplies.

Mitt Romney will unshackle our assets, and lead us to real energy independence.   We also are a nation that has seen erosion of our respect around the world because we have a president who prefers to lead from behind.

Mitt Romney will restore our strength, support our friends, face up to our foes and regain honest respect for an America willing to lead.   My wife Nancy and I have gotten to know Mitt and Ann Romney well.

We have developed a deep and sincere appreciation for these two friends and their family Рwe like them and we respect them.   Tonight we all gather here to put in motion the final phase of our campaign to help America know them better, and to appreciate why our nation needs them as our president and first lady.   Mitt Romney is a good man, and a smart man.  He is compassionate and generous.

He is a great father and a supportive friend.

He has been a very successful businessman and a very effective governor.

He knows how to fix the unfixable, and to help people perform to their highest potential.   Mitt Romney is the right man at the right time and will be a great leader for our country.   It is my honor to nominate Mitt Romney for the Office of President of the United States of America.Bookmark and Share

New Jersey Puts Romney Over the Top As Republicans Officially Nominate Him for President

Bookmark and Share   In the late afternoon of the first full session of the Republican National Convention, after casting their 50 votes for President for Mitt Romney during the roll call of states,  New Jersey became the state to put Romney over the top and finally make him the official Republican nominee for  President of the United States.

There were few if any surprises during the over one hour long¬†roll call of how each state’s final delegate count and how they were voting but as usual,¬†one could often hear in the background the obnoxious shouts of Ron Paul fanatics who could not contain their jubilation for a smattering of votes that their candidate occasionally¬†received.¬† Paul did manage to beat Romney in a few states, including Iowa which saw 6 delegates vote for Romney while 22 went for Ron Paul.¬† Minnesota was another state that went to Ron Paul.¬† In announcing¬†that Minnesota cast 1 vote for Rick Santorum, 6 votes for Mitt Romney, and 33 votes for Ron Paul, the delegation¬†leader even took a swipe at convention organizers by stating it was clear that Minnesota runs a fair nomination process.¬† The remark suggested that the G.O.P. was not properly counting Ron Paul delegates.

Aside from the perpetual bitterness that comes out of the Ron Paul camp, Romney was nominated with 2,061 delegates, 991 more than needed to win the nomination.

Before the roll call vote took place, Former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu¬†was given the honor of officially nominating Mitt Romney for President.¬† His nomination speech was a hard-hitting¬†endorsement that got right to the heart of what the 2012 election¬†is all about and why Mitt Romney is the man to do the job we need.¬†¬† According to Sununu ”

“Mitt Romney will get our private sector moving again, and will respect the successes of our entrepreneurs who deserve credit because they really did build it.¬†¬† In these difficult times our nation still depends on others for our energy resources – even though we share the largest overall supplies of energy in the world – because we have an administration that shuns those assets and keeps us dependent on fragile foreign supplies.

Mitt Romney will unshackle¬†our assets, and lead us to real energy independence.¬†¬† We also are a nation that has seen erosion of our respect around the world because we have a president who prefers to lead from behind.”

Following the official nomination of Mitt Romney for President was the nomination of Paul Ryan for Vice President.  With no other candidates nominated to oppose the Wisconsin Congressman, Ryan was nominated by acclamation and with that came the end of the first full session of the Republican National Convention.

Next up, is a night filled with some powerful speeches that will make a strong case for replacing the Obama-Biden team with the Romney-Ryan team.¬† The two speeches of most interest will be the ones offered by Ann Romney who will have to introduce her husband to the nation in a way that will humanize him enough to help overcome the stiff and mechanical perception that most people currently¬†have of him.¬† The other speech will come New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who will give his much awaited keynote address.¬† Expect that to be¬†a startling hard hitting, humorous and at the same time powerfully endearing speech which will largely explain how Romney’s success in business can and will be transferred¬†into success for our nation if he he becomes our President.

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Watch Live Streaming Coverage of the Republican National Convention on White House 2012

Watch the White House 2012 Livestream of Gavel to Gavel Coverage of the Entire Republican National Convention

Bookmark and Share White House 2012, your online headquarters for election, news, information, analysis and conservative opinion on the presidential election is proud to provide readers with a livestream of the convention proceedings, including every speech and video.  We also urge White House 2012 viewers to communicate their support for the ticket and enthusiasm for individual speakers and things being said at the convention by offering comments via their Facebook accounts and Twitter accounts.  When doing so, please b e sure to use the hashtags #GOP12 and #RomneyRyan2012 .

Beneath White House 2012’s livestream¬†of the convention, you can follow all the latest news and analysis of the convention as well as the latest on all the political events that will continue to shape the election.

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Life With the Romneys: Chris Wallace Takes Voters Inside the Romney Home

¬† Bookmark and Share For the first time in the 2012 campaign Mitt and Ann Romney opened their home to cameras as they let Chris Wallace offer voters a glimpse of the Romney’s personal life. (see complete video of the interview below this post)

The interview was a rare look at how the Romneys live their more usual life off the campaign trail.¬† While the affluent¬†home in the exclusive setting ¬†of New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee can hardly be described as representative of the everyday life of most middle and lower class Americans, this inside look at life with the Romneys provided at least some evidence that despite their wealth, the Romney’s don’t avoid the everyday trappings that come with life in a large family.

Granted, the Romneys¬†at least seem¬†to be¬†a bit more functional than the average dysfunctional family but this pleasant interview with Chris Wallace did demonstrate¬†that even though Mitt Romney’s pants may be¬†a bit more expensive than those worn by you and I, he still puts them on one leg at a time.¬†¬†Then again, as noted by Ann who¬†recently bought Mitt a package of three button down shirts¬†from Costco, not all of Mitt’s pants are as high priced as we may assume.

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Unconfirmed Reports Say that Chris Chrisite Will Be the Keynote Speaker at the Republican National Convention

Let the Speculation Begin.

  Bookmark and Share  New Jersey Republican activists can hardly contain their excitement over the fact that their Governor has been selected to give the all important keynote address at the Republican National Convention.  New Jerseyans are bursting with pride over the thought that our Governor will be given the national spotlight and be called upon to articulate the Republican case and cause before the nation and the world.  But the reports have not yet been confirmed by either Governor Christie, Governor Romney or the Republican National Committee.  According to the Washington Post;

“Republicans say that, contrary to media reports, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has not been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Neither the Romney campaign nor the Republican National Committee would confirm those reports.

‚ÄúYou”ll have to stay tuned,‚ÄĚ Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon.

Sources with the campaign say Romney is not prepared to announce any speakers yet. The New Jersey State GOP Committee said they knew nothing about it.‚ÄČ

‚ÄúI’ve gotten no invitation to do anything like that,‚ÄĚ Christie told NBC.”

These unconfirmed reports amount to nothing more than speculation but if true, the decision to make Christie the keynote speaker opens the door for additional speculation.  So here goes.

If it is true that Christie¬†is the RNC’s¬†2012 keynote speaker, it will signal the G.O.P.’s¬†obvious desire¬†to highlight the message of a figure who has established¬†a reputation for being blunt about what needs to be done to get our nation on a track to economic responsibility and prosperity.¬†¬† It would also signal the G.O.P.’s desire to appeal to fiscally conservative independent voters, a segment of the voting bloc which could be critical to who wins the presidency in November.

Picking Christie¬†to be¬†the keynote speaker could also be a signal of several other things to come such as who Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate.¬†There has been a wide range of¬†Republicans who would have liked to see freshman Florida Congressman Allen West deliver the keynote address.¬† West¬†has proven himself to be¬†a¬†powerfully articulate¬†speaker who inspires the conservative base while also firing up the TEA Party which Romney needs to bolster his standing among.¬† Christie¬†tends to enjoy similar¬†popularity within those same groups but West brings additional¬†positives¬†that Christie¬†doesn’t.¬† Unlike Christie¬†who comes from a state that Republicans feel is so hard to win that they have written it off in most of their campaign plans, Rep. West comes from a critical swing state that is well within the reach of Republicans to win.¬†¬†Additionally, West¬†is African-American, and those two factors would have made West¬†a prime pick for giving the keynote address.¬† But giving that honor to Christie¬†instead of West could be a sign that Mitt Romney has picked a running mate of color and so the need to highlight ethnic diversity¬†during a high profile, primetime, keynote address may not be as necessary¬†as it once was.¬†¬†If true, that person of color who Romney may be¬†ready to pick¬†could very well be¬† former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who many have suggested that Romney is quite enamored with and whom¬† in national polls,leads all other potential vice presidential choices Romney may have.

But to read too much in to any decision would be wrong.

While Chris Christie¬†is liked¬†for the breath of fresh air that his brutal honesty and bluntness brings to the table, his abrasive¬†nature does not fit well with the more diplomatic, less confrontational approach to politics that Mitt Romney is comfortable¬†with.¬† The same goes for West who may seem like a good choice for Vice President for Romney but like Christie, neither man can be¬†described as having the ‚Äúsame personality type‚ÄĚ as Mitt, a factor¬†that Anne Romney once described as a key¬†consideration in her husbands decison¬†on who he will nominate¬†for Vice President.¬†¬† Yet there is no denying that Christie’s¬†approach has been popular and as such, there may be¬†no other suitably prominent role for¬†Christie¬†to play in the Romney campaign other than allowing him to be¬†a surrogate¬†speaker and what more suitable platform can there be for such a surrogate¬†than keynote speaker?

This of course does not leave West out in the cold.  Many other primetime slots are still available.  They include the highly coveted opportunity to be tapped as the lucky individual who gets to make the speech that nominates the presidential candidate, a role that West would fit quite well.

All of this is speculation though.¬† The only thing that is not speculation¬†however is the fact that if it is true that¬† Christie¬†is the keynote speaker,¬†you can rest assured that¬†he is definitely¬†out of the running to be Romney’s Vice President.

On that front, until now, speculation about who Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate has of late been superseded only by the speculation over when he will publicly announce who that person will be.¬†¬†¬† Today’s Wall Street Journal writes;

“It appears unlikely now that Mr. Romney will name his selection before departing next week for a trip abroad.”

At the same time, The New York Daily News writes;

“Sources close to the Romney campaign told the Daily News the working plan has¬† been to announce the pick after the Olympic Games, which begin next week and¬† conclude Aug. 12 ‚ÄĒ two weeks before the Republican convention in Tampa.”

Yet amid that media speculation comes a Tuesday tweet from National Review political reporter and CNBC contributor Robert Costa in which he writes:

“A Republican strategist close to the Romney campaign tells me veep announcement may come Friday”

Meanwhile, in an interview taped for ABC earlier today, Ann Romney claims that¬† her husband is “not quite there yet”¬†on a final decision regarding who he will nominate for Vice President.

Not long after that interview, while attending a town-hall event in Bowling Green, Ohio, Mitt Romney answered a a¬†question from the audience regarding who he will pick by confirming that¬† he has “not chosen the person” who will be his Vice President.

What this all means is anyone’s guess but to confuse matters even more, as noted¬†in a previous White House 2012 post, Tim Pawlenty, the former Governor and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has decided to retool his website, TimPawlenty.com.

Currently TimPawlenty.com has been replaced by a ‚ÄúComing Soon Page‚ÄĚ that features a blank white screen with four small words that simply read¬† ‚ÄúPlease come back later.‚Ä̬† Normally such an event would not mean very much but at a time when who Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate remains the only cause of suspense left in the presidential campaign, every move of every individual¬†who might be under consideration for Vice President will be seen¬†as a signal.¬†¬†¬†In this particular case though, having been a year since he dropped out of the race for President, T-Paw’s¬†decision to finally¬†retool his website and put in its place a ‚ÄúComing Soon‚ÄĚ page that urges people to come back and revisit it, appears at the same time that Mitt Romney‚Äôs decision on who his nominee for Vice President will be is also ‚Äúcoming soon‚ÄĚ.

Coincidence?  Speculation?  Maybe.  Maybe not.

You’re guess is as good mine.

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