After a seven consecutive days of getting no more than four hours of sleep per night, I think it's safe to say the GOP knows how to throw an event. Going into the forum, I think the other volunteers and I knew it was going to be bittersweet because it was our last night, but you could not wipe the excitement off of our faces as we walked into that forum one last time.
My roommate and I were so lucky to have floor passes, so we got to watch the entire final night from the floor with delegates, congressman and the media. It was quite a feeling walking onto the floor and looking around at all of the cheering faces exuding excitement for Romney's speech. I think they were pretty thrilled about seeing Clint Eastwood too!
We found the perfect spot to watch the night unravel, and it was person to person... there was almost zero room to move. You couldn't complain though, because we had an amazing view, and best of all, we were in a prime location for the balloon drop at the end of Romney's speech.
Ann Romney and her sons watch from their private box.
Piers Morgan preparing for a live shot.
Two shots from the video that ran before Clint Eastwood's speech. It was a great video, I linked to it below.
"When someone doesn't do their job, we've got to let them go." -Eastwood on Obama
Romney making his way through the crowd.
And then came the balloon drop, which did not disappoint, and definitely made the entire experience (and made up for the agony our feet were going through from standing for four hours!) Just when we thought it was done, more balloons and confetti were released...
...so many that we were practically trapped...
.... And then we somehow wound up on Fox News behind Martha McCallum, the perfect ending to being on the floor. Afterwards, we made our way to the after parties and watched coverage of the night into the early morning hours. It was a perfect night.
Here is the video that really showed the true Mitt Romney, as a father, a husband and --above everything else-- an ordinary, average, and hard-working individual.