There were folks there from Ingham, Eaton and counties beyound. Whole families were there as well as veterans, seniors,GenXers,NRA members, friends, neighbors and local candidates running for office. Mark Williams a veteran journalist and conservative radio talk show host started the Rally and introduced yours truly who did did my best to fire up the crowd with a short speech. Which if you have the patience can be heard on the YouTube video below.
Side bar: when I spotted the sign held by the young man I went over to ask him if I could get a picture because I thought it was a great sign, Obama o8 Osama 09. The young girl with him said, "Oh I know you, you don't me but I was on your blog today." So bloggers take heart, even if you do not get lots of comments does not mean that people aren't reading and following your blog. So fellow bloggers, keep on doing what you do!
Next up was Lloyd Marcus, self professed black conservative and a talented singer/songwriter who sang "Sarah Smile" a tribute to Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Great song, crowd loved it.
Marine Mom Deborah Johns spoke next, very eloquently to stand up to Barack Obama's anti-military, "Blame America First" policies in his campaign for president and Commander-in-Chief.
Rep. Jack Hoogendyk, candidate for U.S Senate seat now held by Carl Levin spoke next reminding us how badly Carl needs to go!
Interesting side note, as I waited for the bus I noticed a woman who looked she was there for the Rally so I asked her if she wanted to hop in my warm car as I practiced my little speech.
In the course of our conservation she told me she was an Independent voting for McCain. Voted for Democrats and Levin in the past but no more. What she has seen of Barack Obama, she related to me, was enough to scare her to death. I guess this was one Michigan Independent for McCain the pollsters missed. Bottom line; Its still a close race and it ain't over till the fat lady sings!
Lloyd Marcus,wrapped up the Rally by singing,"Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood and pulled Norm Shinkle, Ingham County chair out the crowd who sang his heart out!
Great time and thanks to Our Country Deserves Better for the tour and their great TV ads to STOP OBAMA. If you wish to donate to keep their TV ads coming, please visit their web site by clicking on the Our Country Deserves Better link above.
Old bud of mine, Georgia from the "Friends of Funding Fathers Days". A citizens action group several of us politicos founded back in the day.