Mitt Romney in Bow NH 7-20-12

by Datechguy | July 20th, 2012

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Mitt Romney in Bow NH 7-20-12

At 10 a.m. when I arrived the Dirt Park­ing Lot was already full as vol­un­teers in golf carts shut­tled new arrivals to the entrance way to the event.

A Rom­ney vol­un­teer named Rick Christie was dri­ving one of two golf carts. He had been a Rom­ney man back in 2008 and was delighted to see him at the top of the ticket today.

After Rick Dropped me off I spoke to a group of Rom­ney Vol­un­teers at the main entrance.

It was very appar­ent that unlike last year’s event in Con­cord the Vol­un­teer staff was more relaxed as a lot more of the grass-​roots were involved.

I talked to a famil­iar face Sher­iff Scott Hillard who I’d inter­viewed in the past.


We talked about the inex­plic­a­ble deci­sion of the Obama Cam­paign to adopt Eliz­a­beth Warren’s Lan­guage and how that deci­sion may be a sing of the insu­lar nature of the left.

At the press check-​In table again the con­trast to the events before the Gov­er­nor secured the nom­i­na­tion was appar­ent. The ten­sion of the pri­mary cam­paign was gone and peo­ple freely dis­cussed the cur­rent events of the cam­paign. We chat­ted as I signed in and talked about Mitt Romney.

One of the men noted Mitt was gen­er­ally a very reserved per­son but once he got to know you tends to open up. This is an excel­lent descrip­tion of the cam­paign as Rom­ney seems to have grown on the stump, par­tic­u­larly when he has the com­pany of his wife but espe­cially since the con­ver­sa­tion turned to small busi­ness a topic right in the campaign’s sweet spot.

There was already a line of peo­ple wait­ing to enter. One of them a young man named John with a Scott Brown T-​Shirt imme­di­ately stood out and we talked

Again the topic of Eliz­a­beth War­ren came up. It makes one won­der if the President’s adop­tion of her speech might boomerang into the Mass­a­chu­setts Sen­ate race to the ben­e­fit of Scott Brown.

This was the first time I had encoun­tered the Secret Ser­vice at an event since I started as a blog­ger (although I had run into them at a Palin event dur­ing the 2008 cam­paign. I don’t tend to travel light so the emp­ty­ing of my pock­ets, bags etc looked like some­thing you might see if Tom Baker or Harpo Marx every passed through such as checkpoint.

One in the press area (It’s amaz­ing to see the dif­fer­ence four let­ters “W-​C-​R-​N” have in a sit­u­a­tion like this). I started to get set­tled. As usu­ally the reporters were spend­ing the major­ity of their time talk­ing to each other and smooz­ing as might be expected of peo­ple who had seen event after event every day.

I choose a spot where I could see each per­son as they entered so I could grab a shot

Or an interview

For most of the press this was not a source of excite­ment, the trav­el­ing media had seen Mitt over and over. There was how­ever a lit­tle bit of excite­ment for the media: Ari Shapiro of NPR appar­ently had used some kind of tape to hold his power sup­ply together and when he plugged it in to the Surge pro­tec­tors the result­ing com­bi­na­tion of smoke as every­thing shorted out quickly drew peo­ple with earpieces.

It turned out to be a minor thing and the source of a few laughs, even from Ari who rushed out and found a replace­ment power sup­ply at a nearby Sta­ples (Thanks Mitt!) mak­ing it back with 30 min­utes to spare.

The wait­ing con­tin­ued as peo­ple kept arriv­ing about 250 chairs were set up for the public.

I spot­ted a fel­low with a Mitt Sticker on his hat so nat­u­rally he had to be interviewed.

His obser­va­tions on Mitt’s evo­lu­tion in deal­ing with the pub­lic is some­thing that peo­ple who have cov­ered him have observed for a bit.

As we got closer to the start­ing bell the Secret Ser­vice checked every­one out, var­i­ous mem­bers of the press pho­tog­ra­phers looked for the best stop for their shots and I explained my Vir­bram five-​finger shoes to Steven Alex Miller of the NY Post.

As it got closer to the start time and the sun got hot­ter peo­ple became more antsy, vol­un­teers went into the crowd giv­ing out water.

While this was going on I noticed what looked like (to me) a Fran­cis­can Friar being escorted to the area behind the stage.

And then every­thing changed.

Con­gress­man Char­lie Bass who had been behind the stage came out and sat with the crowd and to every­one sur­prise the first per­son intro­duced was Angli­can Priest Fr. Chris­t­ian Tutor who offered a prayer for the dead in Colorado

He was fol­lowed by Sen­a­tor Kelly Ayotte, her words were less of a polit­i­cal speech and more of the intro to a memo­r­ial service

She was fol­lowed by Gov­er­nor Rom­ney, his words were exclu­sively about the event of early this morn­ing in Colorado

Gone was the speech no doubt planned for the small busi­ness set­ting, instead it was all about what was most pre­cious in life. The Gov­er­nor spoke for less than four minutes.

When he was done the peo­ple seemed a bit con­fused as if their time in the hot sun would be for only a few min­utes of a speech, but they were soon to find out they were wrong.

Gov­er­nor Rom­ney, Sen­a­tor Ayotte and Fr. Chris­t­ian formed a receiv­ing line

and greeted each per­son as they left in turn.

as if it was a wake for fel­low Americans.

They greeted every per­son in turn, with­out pho­tos or auto­graphs or any of the nor­mal polit­i­cal trap­pings other than the secret ser­vice on the job

As the line moved I briefly talked to Con­gress­man Char­lie Bass (R-​NH) about the event

Then returned to the press area. As the last per­son left the line I called over Fr. Tutor who con­sented to an inter­view, while I was shoot­ing Gov­er­nor Rom­ney came over and thanked him

Fr. Tutor explained he was con­tacted only 30 min before the event. That sug­gests the change in tone was decided in the final hour before things took place

At this point I headed back, as the buses came to take peo­ple to the park­ing area I spoke to a mem­ber of the crowd about the event.

As for myself, some might debate if Mitt Rom­ney can fix the econ­omy, if he will be con­ser­v­a­tive enough or what kind of jus­tices he might appoint to the court, but today we dis­cov­ered some­thing impor­tant about the Gov­er­nor. At a time of cri­sis and national tragedy, he cer­tainly proved he could be pres­i­den­tial.

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come in. I saw a young man in a Scott Brown T-​Shirt and It seemed to con­tain more of the Grass roots and
Ari Shperio

At 10 a.m. when I arrived the Dirt Parking Lot was already full as volunteers in golf carts shuttled new arrivals to the entrance way to the event.

A Romney volunteer named Rick Christie was driving one of two golf carts. He had been a Romney man back in 2008 and was delighted to see him at the top of the ticket today.

After Rick Dropped me off I spoke to a group of Romney Volunteers at the main entrance.

It was very apparent that unlike last year’s event in Concord the Volunteer staff was more relaxed as a lot more of the grass-roots were involved.

I talked to a familiar face Sheriff Scott Hillard who I’d interviewed in the past.


We talked about the inexplicable decision of the Obama Campaign to adopt Elizabeth Warren’s Language and how that decision may be a sing of the insular nature of the left.

At the press check-In table again the contrast to the events before the Governor secured the nomination was apparent. The tension of the primary campaign was gone and people freely discussed the current events of the campaign. We chatted as I signed in and talked about Mitt Romney.

One of the men noted Mitt was generally a very reserved person but once he got to know you tends to open up. This is an excellent description of the campaign as Romney seems to have grown on the stump, particularly when he has the company of his wife but especially since the conversation turned to small business a topic right in the campaign’s sweet spot.

There was already a line of people waiting to enter. One of them a young man named John with a Scott Brown T-Shirt immediately stood out and we talked

Again the topic of Elizabeth Warren came up. It makes one wonder if the President’s adoption of her speech might boomerang into the Massachusetts Senate race to the benefit of Scott Brown.

This was the first time I had encountered the Secret Service at an event since I started as a blogger (although I had run into them at a Palin event during the 2008 campaign. I don’t tend to travel light so the emptying of my pockets, bags etc looked like something you might see if Tom Baker or Harpo Marx every passed through such as checkpoint.

One in the press area (It’s amazing to see the difference four letters “W-C-R-N” have in a situation like this). I started to get settled. As usually the reporters were spending the majority of their time talking to each other and smoozing as might be expected of people who had seen event after event every day.

I choose a spot where I could see each person as they entered so I could grab a shot

Or an interview

For most of the press this was not a source of excitement, the traveling media had seen Mitt over and over. There was however a little bit of excitement for the media: Ari Shapiro of NPR apparently had used some kind of tape to hold his power supply together and when he plugged it in to the Surge protectors the resulting combination of smoke as everything shorted out quickly drew people with earpieces.

It turned out to be a minor thing and the source of a few laughs, even from Ari who rushed out and found a replacement power supply at a nearby Staples (Thanks Mitt!) making it back with 30 minutes to spare.

The waiting continued as people kept arriving about 250 chairs were set up for the public.

I spotted a fellow with a Mitt Sticker on his hat so naturally he had to be interviewed.

His observations on Mitt’s evolution in dealing with the public is something that people who have covered him have observed for a bit.

As we got closer to the starting bell the Secret Service checked everyone out, various members of the press photographers looked for the best stop for their shots and I explained my Virbram five-finger shoes to Steven Alex Miller of the NY Post.

As it got closer to the start time and the sun got hotter people became more antsy, volunteers went into the crowd giving out water.

While this was going on I noticed what looked like (to me) a Franciscan Friar being escorted to the area behind the stage.

And then everything changed.

Congressman Charlie Bass who had been behind the stage came out and sat with the crowd and to everyone surprise the first person introduced was Anglican Priest Fr. Christian Tutor who offered a prayer for the dead in Colorado

He was followed by Senator Kelly Ayotte, her words were less of a political speech and more of the intro to a memorial service

She was followed by Governor Romney, his words were exclusively about the event of early this morning in Colorado

Gone was the speech no doubt planned for the small business setting, instead it was all about what was most precious in life. The Governor spoke for less than four minutes.

When he was done the people seemed a bit confused as if their time in the hot sun would be for only a few minutes of a speech, but they were soon to find out they were wrong.

Governor Romney, Senator Ayotte and Fr. Christian formed a receiving line

and greeted each person as they left in turn.

as if it was a wake for fellow Americans.

They greeted every person in turn, without photos or autographs or any of the normal political trappings other than the secret service on the job

As the line moved I briefly talked to Congressman Charlie Bass (R-NH) about the event

Then returned to the press area. As the last person left the line I called over Fr. Tutor who consented to an interview, while I was shooting Governor Romney came over and thanked him

Fr. Tutor explained he was contacted only 30 min before the event. That suggests the change in tone was decided in the final hour before things took place

At this point I headed back, as the buses came to take people to the parking area I spoke to a member of the crowd about the event.

As for myself, some might debate if Mitt Romney can fix the economy, if he will be conservative enough or what kind of justices he might appoint to the court, but today we discovered something important about the Governor. At a time of crisis and national tragedy, he certainly proved he could be presidential.

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