While I was moved, but not wowed by John McCain’s Acceptance Speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, I wondered why he spoke over the roaring crowd as he concluded his speech. Way up in the rafters, I could see (and feel) the energy of the crowd, but I couldn’t hear the candidate’s words. I had to look up to the television monitors to read the close-captioning.
I had thought that stirring rhetoric got lost in the enthusiastic applause and emotional acclaim.
Other who saw it disagreed. On the plane, I talked with a Spanish national who works for an American media company and leans left politically. He thought it was a rousing conclusion.* As did a radio journalist I spoke with at the baggage claim in LA.
*He also thought the GOP Convention was more effective than its Democratic counterpart.