Hofstra student's last day @ RNC

September 7, 2008 7:59:17 AM PDT
It's the final day of the Republican National Convention. Security is its tightest. When walking through the halls of the Xcel Energy Center it's almost as if I see more policemen than guests attending the event. Policemen were literally in packs roaming the halls. I even saw one line of policemen in a row, some carry suitcases, looking as if something had just happened. Nevertheless, people were still decked out in their patriotic attire, waiting to hear John McCain.

It felt like we didn't have to wait very long for McCain's speech. There was a lot of energy in the room, but it was nothing close to last night. I was surprised. There was an enormous amount of energy the night before, and now, it's almost as if people in the arena were dead tired. There were still some standing ovations here and there and chants of "USA!" but it just couldn't compare to Palin's speech.

The crowd's reaction to the final seconds of McCain's speech was one thing that you just had to be there to see. When the confetti began to fall and then the red, white, and blue balloons followed, the arena was just revved up. Balloons began popping and grandmothers were gettin' down to "Go Johnny Go"!

Thursday night seemed like a short night, but I think it was a long and successful week for the Republican Party. It was definitely an experience I will never forget, and I'm glad I had my 7online.com blog to document it all.