Still mourning over missing the Value Voter Summit in Washington DC the weekend of 17,18,19, September? Grab a cup of coffee and on this lunch break get the news from an on-site reporter.
AHH, the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The quintessential meeting grounds for the power brokers, movers and shakers. Stroll past the front windows and you will be reminded that in the 1930s Rudy Vallee entertained the crowds here. FDR held his first Innaugural Ball here and in later years President Truman would enter a side door undetected to secretely meet with his old Senate buddies for a game of poker.
Where else would the Beatles stay for their DC tour in 1964 than the Omni Shoreham? Of course they had to rent an entire wing for their entourage. The wait staff at the Shorehamalways enjoyed dignitaries and rich ones at that. King Saud of Saudia Arabia once gave solid gold watches to the waiters in appreciation of their service.
A step inside the magnificent entrance and it is easy to see why Nancy Reagan was seranaded by Frank Sinatra here. And who can forget President Clinton's impromptu sax performance ( the sex performance would be later in the Oval Office) celebrating his first day as President of the United States?
Well, after obtaining the necessary ID for admittance, I made it to the opening ceremonies which were started by an opening prayer by Dr John Guest from Sewickly, Pa and then a rousing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by the former Marine tea party attendee made famous by his you-tube appearance.
What followed for the next two days was an explosion of red meat conservatives rising in applause as speaker after speaker bellowed out the mantra "Reinforcements are coming, help is on the way!"
So as not to turn this lunch break into a dinner break too, I will post a few fragments of each speakers' presentation:
Mike Huckabee: The Wall Street break down was not a money problem , it was a moral crises...God never intended for the government to raise our kids... We must value human life from conception to natural death.
Senator Jim Inhofe: Iran can hit the Eastern US by 2015 and Obama cancelled missle defense in Poland!
Senator Jim DeMint: There is a correlation between Judeo-Christian values and freedom.....Immoral people need a big government to control them. A moral people need a lot less government.
Representative Michele Bachmann: The Tea Party is not a Red Party or a Blue Party, it is a Red, White, and Blue Party. ( After her vigorous defence of freedom I heard a lady behind me say to her seatmate-"She should run for President")
Representative Mike Pence: "I am a Christian, a Conservative, and a Republican- In that order" ...America stands with Israel. (With this, a Jewish lady who happened to have a shofar belted out a blast of approval. Memo to self- bring ear plugs next year) Mike also stated that a new Republican Congress would repeal Obamacare and end funding for abortions and Planned Parenthood.
Gov. Mitt Romney: "The Reid, Pelosi, Obama fortunes are going down faster than a JetBlue flight attendant"...This is the first time in history that the government has declared war on small businesses....Foreign threats are up what with Iran and North Korea, yet this administration's idea of a rogue state is (pregnant pause) Arizona.
Senator Rick Santorum:God has given us our rights. Rights don't come from government. "The size and scope of government is directly related to the virtue of the people".
Gary Bauer: This country is in shock about what is going on in the U.S. We have the most anti-Israel President the country has ever had...."We know who our friends are, even if the president doesn't"
Christine O'Donnell: " We're not trying to take back our country. We ARE our country."
Sean Hannity: If Mike Castle would have won in Delaware, we would have been asked to rally around him and support the Republican nominee. Well, now that Christine O'Donnell has won, we ask for the same thing.
Newt Gingrich: The scoreboard so far is Grass Roots 7, Establishment 0. O'Donnell's opponent is the candidate of food stamps, O'Donnell is the candidate of pay checks.
Gov. Bob McDonnell: We need to make the moral case for fiscal reform.
David Limbaugh: Buy my book "Crimes against Liberty"
We were also entertained in music by the Duggar Family( 19 and counting) and heard from Dale Peterson (He ran for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner and was made famous by his you-tube gun toting advertisement). Many other speakers had the crowd cheering and flag waving.
See you next year in DC!