CG’s post wrap-up on the McCain/Palin freedom rally

First of all, if you want the objective report on this rally, see Nate’s observational post. The following is my partisan report since I’m an open Palin (and McCain) supporter.

There’s only one way to describe the McCain/Palin rally this morning in Fairfax, VA: mind-blowing!

Starting my day out at 5am so so I would be able to get in the inner circle next to the stage, I was not going to miss Sarah Palin blowing a kiss at me! The best surprise of all was the introduction to McCain and Palin turned out to be Fred Thompson! Anybody familiar with my commentaries knows full well I was a self-described Fred-head from the beginning with Thompson. So this was by far one of the major highlights of the rally for me personally.

Cindy McCain spoke first and, if you can believe this, is everything you imagine a first lady to be, and more. Hearing her speak today, she was very clear, articulate, and confident in her statements and support of her husband. This is similar to our current first lady, Laura Bush.

In some of my past commentaries I think I spoke too harshly of Cindy McCain. Last week at the convention I watched her biographical video which included her work with children and operation SMILE. She’s got more experience in international charitable and social work than Biden and Obama put together. I got such a warm sense from her today and yet she was tuned into the speech and seemed delighted to be there. You’d think hearing the same stump speeches several times a day, you’d be sick of it by now. Plus, boy can that girl rock a pair of Coco Chanel sunglasses!

Here comes the good part. Can you say “Sarah Palin!” This is my own personal bias, as if it could be possible, but I think she’s even more gorgeous in person. But that’s not shocking since RepubliChicks are usually pretty hot. I was taken by how humble her and her husband Todd really are in person.

Her speech was very cookie-cutter but delivered with ferocity. For me personally, the highlight of the speech was when Sarah addressed the veterans who were in the VIP seating. Sarah pointed to a sign in the crowd which said something about being a mother of a soldier and stated that being a mother of soldier, her son Track, she wouldn’t want anyone other than John McCain in the White House because she trusted him to take care of our military.

At one point, after her speech during McCain’s speech, Palin looked over in our direction, about 10 to 15 feet from the podium, at the ladies behind me who had a Sarah Palin elephant made on one their daughters. It was complete with the glasses and hairdo. Sarah grabbed her husband’s hand and pointed at it and they both had a chuckle over it.

You would have thought that you were going to a concert that was sold out for months.

As for McCain, his speech was good and I was surprised at how much I actually did appreciate it. The excitement of the crowd contributed to a very energized McCain. He made a big point of thanking veterans and resolving to support them in every way possible. I feel much more comfortable pulling the lever for McCain considering my past criticism. With the choice of Palin, he has erased some of my fears that he would be playing mainly to moderates and independents. His message of being a “maverick against his own party” is present in order to appeal to them, however, Palin’s conservative principles more than make up for my disagreements with McCain.

The McCain protesters / Obama supporters which showed up, somewhere around 10, were pretty pathetic. The legions of McCain supporters walking by simply drowned them out chanting “U-S-A!” There were no fights, no thing as the opposition was pretty weak. A walking polar bear came up to me while I bought some pins from a veteran. He began to educate me on the plight of global warming. I explained to him that he ought to not bother people or he’d better be able to run fast in that polar bear costume.

One thing that I was awestruck to find were how diverse the age range in the crowd was. There were many people in their 20s, like me, and even younger. Alongside them were working professionals up to senior citizens, all gathered for the event. It dispelled a lot of the notion to me that young people are so bent on Obama, the crowd of 23,000 was full of young voters and supporters.

The energy was absolutely overwhelming. We’ve gone through over a year and a half of the majestic Barack Obama coming to deliver us all. Thankfully that flame is now dying out and has made way for McCain to choose a principled conservative in the form of Sarah Palin. As the Obama campaign seems to be faltering at the sight of Palin, the enthusiasm is running deep and is re-energizing the Republican party as a whole.

We may not have been a part of the Obamacropolis with the Greek columns but we came out in droves to stand 23,000 strong in Fairfax, VA.

Go McCain/Palin!

  • CG, I’m green! Watching the candidates on TV just doesn’t give the personal and up close electricity of the crowd or the candidates. Thanks for all the pics and video, and the report!

  • Stalin


    Glad you got to see our girl. I’m jealous. My offer still stands…if Obama is in Chicago, I will report for YD2008 on the event for a small fee of 2 mil for pain and suffering. I will be standing by the mailbox waiting for my check.

  • Will you accept postdated for a unspecified time in the future?

  • CG wrote – “Cindy McCain spoke first and, if you can believe this, is everything you imagine a first lady to be”

    That’s if you like your first ladies to be junkies who’ve stolen drugs from a charity….

    I like Cindy McCain, just reading an article about her in Time magazine, she’s done a lot of good. Would she make a good first lady? who know’s, no doubt she’ll be compared to ‘Mean Michelle’ who isn’t really mean at all, but you know how these labels stick. One thing’s for certain, whoeve is the next first lady, then they’ll be the best looking first lady since Jackie Kennedy.

  • “That’s if you like your first ladies to be junkies who’ve stolen drugs from a charity….” That was really low NZ. Have you never fallen in your life? The woman had a back injury and was proscribed pain killers and yes she did get addicted, and it wasn’t just any charity, it was her own charity. She received helped and continued to give back to society, more so then most people. She’s an amazing women who doesn’t deserve to have this held against her. I will remind you that Cindy McCain is not running for office, her husband is. At least she’s not running around the country making dumb statements such as “this is the first time in my life I’m proud of my country”. People have moved on from that comment and realized that Michelle is not running for office either.

  • Babs

    “no doubt she’ll be compared to ‘Mean Michelle’ who isn’t really mean at all,”

    And you know this….how, pudding?

  • CG I’m only stating a fact and I also stated I like Cindy McCain. And no, I’ve never taken any form of drugs (apart from what the Dr prescribed) in my life and I’ve never stolen from a charity either. And no I’ve never ‘fallen’ in life. I guess I’m blessed and without Gods help too, now THAT must be a miracle 😉

    So you say Cindy McCain shouldn’t have it held against her, I agree, she shouldn’t, lets move on from it. Yet you call what Michelles said (SAID not did) dumb, but John McCain said the same thing on Fox – double standards? I think so.

    How do you know Michelle IS mean Babs?, that’s right you don’t. Maybe deepdown you’re stereotyping black women Babs and you can’t bring yourself round to admit it.

  • That was such a stupid comment NZ that if I were Babs I wouldn’t waist my time responding to that. For all you know Babs could be from African American heritage, wouldn’t you feel stupid and rightly so!

  • Babs

    I never said she was mean, pudding, you said she wasn’t. How do you know, do you know her personally? You stated it like you do. As to the rest of your comment, CG’s right. If I’m going to stereotype anybody here, pudding dahling, it will most likely be you. You see, deep down, I think you should butt out of our election. 😉

  • Babs

    Oh, and CG, just for the sake of transparency, my heritage is Cherokee and Creek Indian, Irish, and Pennsylvania Quaker. We were stereotyped long before blacks were. 😉

  • U.S.A.

    CG is an idiot!

  • Babs

    USA, I think if you’re going to make such intelligent posts like the one above about Nate’s wife, you should stay away from his site. IMHO

  • U.S.A has resorted to cheap attacks b/c in past posts I stomped on his ego, and this is all he can come up with, anyone have a tissue for the fourteen year old? U.S.A you must be eighteen and potty trained to play in this political sandbox.

  • Stalin

    I would caution any Democrats that want to bring up Cindy’s pain med addiction. Obama has done a few drugs in his time…and it wasn’t the result of a medical procedure.

  • Stalin you’re so right, NZ almost got away with that! I forgot that Obama spelled out his drug use in one of his books. Great point.

  • DJS

    It seems as though the Obama followers love to throw stones. What about Rep. Murtha (D-PA)? Can you believe the things he said about some of the people in PA? And what was it that Obama said about the same people? I would hope they aren’t stupid enough to vote for Obama or Murtha when he comes up for reelection.

    By the way, I am jealous of CG for being able to be at the rally. In the beginning I was a little concerned about Palin but she can really hold her own and she is very smart.

  • Babs

    It’s ok, DJS, their comments are having a lasting effect, and are actually uniting many of us. You see, we here in the South have found we have some very important things in common with our brethren in PA…….we’re also bitter, gun totin’, bible clingin’ rednecks, and we’re all voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin. 😉

  • Babs

    God bless Charlie Daniels and Gretchen Wilson. 😉