Monday, July 28, 2008
Bush Mania - updated with video
Just taking a moment to post some of my fav pics from the Bush/Schock fundraising event today. It was phenomenal! Standing room only crowd of over 1400 people in a lovely air-conditioned tent about the size of a football field out at Weaver Farm.
Aaron Schock and the President were introduced at the same time and walked on stage together. I can't imagine that young man has ever had a more exciting moment in his life. The Presidents demeanor was very folksy, at times quite passionate, and every word he uttered had the crowd riveted. He spoke of the economy, international relations, his daughter's wedding, and of course, the candidacy of Aaron Schock and John McCain! He quipped that, after meeting the extensive Schock family, Aaron just needs to make sure they all vote and he'll be a "shoe in".
Lee Greenwood performed for almost an hour before the President's appearance, and sang his classic hit "I'm proud to be an American" immediately upon the President's departure. Oh, be still my beating heart.
We had great seats since I booked so late that there wasn't table space left. No problem, we just pulled a few chairs up next to the stage and that is how I got the awesome pics!
A big thank you to HOI News and Peoria Illinoisan for providing the following video clips:
HOI 5:00pm NEWS Coverage
HOI 10:00PM News Coverage
President Bush was a real sport. As you can see in these photos, he waved as I was taking photos, and then afterwards, worked his way over in my direction and asked "where is my friend over here"? Referring to me! I swear!
The secret service presence was quite intimidating. When I slipped out for my restroom break SWAT teams were all over the place. Not a good time to make any sudden moves or do anything cute-sy, so I moved v-e-w-y deliberately to and from my seat.
Funniest moment was when I had to pee, and the dang secret service wouldn't let me pee. Finally, I had no choice and told the guy if necessary I'd pee right in front of him and he relented. Whew.
Jen interviewed me after the event and asked if it was worth it. Absolutely, I told her. Every penny.