A few thoughts:
(1) I have to wonder what last minute changes were made to Romney’s speech in light of the instant justifiably outraged reaction to Ryan’s lies because clearly that did NOT go over well. Even FOX NEWS clowned him – wow.
(2) The problem with Romney cracking jokes is that he comes across as a smug rich douchey guy – oh yeah I guess that’s because he is a smug rich douchey kinda guy.
“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise… is to help you and your family.”
See Romney is trying to make a joke that Obama thought he was God and would be able to control the entire Universe while he himself is thoroughly unconcerned with issues regarding global warming because his one true mission is to make a better America for all the wealthy people and of course the corporations he considers to be people.
(3) In keeping with the trend of my last two posts Of COURSE I have to include a few excerpts from my now favorite Atlantic Wire recap writer Elspeth Reeve:
10:50p.m.: Romney talks about love:
My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO. Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren. All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love- this world would be a far more gentle and better place.
REALLY??!!?? Who is THIS guy??!? Real talk, that all sounds well and good but at this stage in the game I do not trust one word that comes out of his mouth. Again, we would LOVE to see more your tax returns. How about you “BE” that guy??
Reeve’s recap of the evening:
11:55p.m.: Here’s the highlight reel: Multiple convention-goers wore big hair in solidarity with Callista Gingrich. In a rare moment of genuine emotion — this is a political infomercial, after all — a husband and wife told the moving story of how Mitt Romney helped their dying son. The campaign gave us Romney home movies, so The Atlantic Wire gives you eight Romney home movie GIFs. Clint Eastwood talked to an invisible President Obama and said weird rambling things. (This will be the most remembered speech of the night.) Mitt Romney officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination, and in the course of doing so, said the phrases “unconditional love” and “go to Hell.” He did not say “Afghanistan.” It was one of his best performances of the whole election. And then there were balloons.
Ahh yes, the balloons.
Everyone likes balloons right? Actually I’m not gonna front, I don’t like balloons because when they pop I experience a mild heart attack. Seriously my nerves are shot.
(3) And of course I have to include an excerpt from a New York Times editorial:
“Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life, for Thursday night’s session of his convention, around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed. “That president was not the choice of our party,” he said. “We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”
The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.”
Yeah, funny how NO ONE wants to talk about that key detail.
(4) In MY opinion Clint Eastwood’s speech was just weird and honestly kinda sad. However as my friend pointed out, from a comedy standpoint it was GENIUS!
And the response via social media was instantaneous:
- The “Invisible Obama” in the empty chair Eastwood kept speaking to got a twitter account and 20,000 followers in an hour. (CNET) As of this post, the account now has more than 45,000 followers. (Twitter.com/InvisibleObama)
- “Eastwooding” – talking to an empty chair – has become a new thing. (USAToday)
- To be helpful Funnyordie compiled a list of “The Internet’s 20 Best Reactions to Clint Eastwood’s Weird RNC Chair Rant.” Yes please click on this, no really you must. Below are my three favs:
(5) My last thought – as I looked at pictures of people in the crowd I kept thinking “gee everyone looks so angry.” I really would have liked to ask a few them why are you so mad? If you were able to spend the money to attend the convention and then spend more money on Obama bashing RNC paraphernalia then I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you just might be holding steady financially. So again, what is it that really has your undies in a bunch? Ohhh that’s right, you’ve been mad since 2008 when a black man became YOUR president. Oh well, guess there’s no helping that – good luck HATERS!
Here’s looking at you Chris!