Mitt Romney, the next President of the United States came to Mesa, AZ.
This is the first political event I’ve been to in year. And while I am not a fan of large gatherings of people (I’m a solitary soul and it works for me) I had a wonderful time.
I can’t say I learned anything new as his speech was a typical stump speech covering a lot of the same themes as his CPAC speech but it became all to clear that he is not the lifeless clod the media tries to portray him as. He is quite charismatic (and this is coming from a person who doesn’t like or respond to charisma all that much). And what is really nice, what I am seeing in a lot of his speeches is that he doesn’t just reference the Founders or the founding documents, he quotes from them with a depth of knowledge and can elucidate their meanings with complete understanding (unlike, say, Santorum who thinks that when they said “pursuit of happiness” what they really meant was “abject debasing before a theocracy” because you can clearly see that’s what they meant, can’t you?).
My favorite moment had to be at the end where he was getting so into shaking people’s hands, he was about to leave, got back onto the stage, then decided to head back for more handshakes from the stage… leaning so far over the stage that a Secret Service agent actually reached to pull him back, but Romney just used him as support and leaned over further.
I was already sold by his rhetoric and record, but this was still fun.