Yesterday my husband, children and I attended the Romney rally at Lebanon, OH. It wasn't overly long, but it was fun and energizing.
I took a few pics, and will include a few short thoughts. I won't go into it too deeply, as I had a particularly rough/sad day at work this morning.
When we first got there it was a couple of hours early. We still had to walk a bit, but not too much. After getting in the admission line, this was one of the first things we saw:
I'll let the idiocy of that pic speak for itself.
Next we got to the gate. I was a bit surprised to see these clowns in charge of security; it didn't leave me with an overwhelming confidence for the candidate's safety.
Don't worry, though. I didn't get molested... Just my cell phone and jacket got an intensive pat-down.
Real security was elsewhere, of course:
I do have to say that the city set up the venue very, very poorly. It was on the historic town's main street, and the media tent was so inexplicably close to the stage that only a couple hundred out of thousands could see the speakers in person.
We retreated a bit to get out of the crush between the storefronts and the media tent to right behind it where a jumbo monitor was set up. This was a whole lot less claustrophobic. Still, the atmosphere was electric!
The reason for the venue was that it just had to be in front of The Golden Lamb restaurant, which is Ohio's oldest Inn and Eatery. Our Congressman, Steve Chabot's grandparents purchased what was left of the Inn, which had become little more than a low-rent boarding house and restored it to its prior charm and splendor with a mere $2,000. Yes, Mr. Obama, they did build that.
While we were there we saw a group of energetic people of all ages and ethnicities. The crowd was polite and clean; not a scrap of trash was to be found and everyone treated their fellow man with courtesy.
On the way out we saw vendors, of course. Some had the chintzy cheap stuff that was intended to make a quick buck. I kid you not, one young guy was hocking Mitt Romney oven mitts out of a plastic child's wagon. Some of the merchandise was very nice, though. A few framed pieces of art depicting this nation's history that were well done. I wouldn't have minded hanging one on my living room wall, but the budget just wouldn't allow. Most folks were selling shirts and the like.
There were also pamphleteers. (I picked up a few good ones.) There were also people with clever signs and a few cosplayers to boot:
A wonderful afternoon, overall. Here is Romney's talk, if you're interested. It is a shame that the crowd noise can't always be heard; it was very interactive!