As I sat looking around I saw people that had obviously been involved in the political process a long time, but I also saw young people. That made me wish some of my students could have been here to experience the excitement. But more than excitement, there seemed to be a feeling of optimism that with the right leadership we could turn a country around and give people a better chance to experience the American dream.
It was very educational to hear speaker after speaker talk about starting with nothing, working hard, and becoming successful to the point of creating jobs for other people.
I was glad that the speakers focused on positive real-life experiences and avoided the sharp political attacks that seems to be so common today.
The high point for me was to hear Ann Romney describe their humble start as a couple, their struggles to overcome her serious health threats from cancer and MS, and their commitment to raising five well-adjusted children. It was exciting to watch the roll call of states especially at the point Governor Romney went over the top and secured the nomination.
The Ron Paul supporters were out in force to promote their candidate. But once Governor Romney clinched the nomination people seemed to unify around the need to work to elect a new president in November.
Going to the convention has been kind of like going to the State Fair, only the prize we came to win is the prize of better leadership in the White House. I think Governor Romney has shown throughout his career that he can fix problems, turn tough situations around, and create better lives for people. He'll be the leader we need to overcome tough times we're facing.