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Letters to the President #1319: 'Highlights… and Lowlights from the convention'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama all the time. I’m sure we’re both tired of it. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

I just wanted to run down a few of the odd moments I’ve encountered during my stay at the Republican convention here in Tampa. I’m sure I’ll get a whole new collection of them next week at your Democratic gathering too, but I thought I’d pass these along in the meantime.

-I went for a run along the waterfront and saw an osprey flying overhead holding a small fish which kept wiggling. (Who could blame it?) Moments later I spotted a wet, dirty Santa Claus hat on the shore. It was like jogging through a David Lynch film.

-While roaming around the convention hall, I was set upon by a man who wanted to hold an extended conversation about redistribution of wealth. No matter how times I assured him that I am a journalist and accordingly have no opinion that I’d care to share on the matter, he kept after me like a dog on a pork chop.

-I passed a giant fiberglass elephant in a hotel lobby, went into the men’s room, and while an attendant refreshed the towel supply, I heard Janis Joplin singing on the speakers overhead. “Take another little piece of my heart…” It just seemed peculiar.

-While waiting in line for a Cuban sandwich, I heard some woman in line behind me come completely unhinged about something that had happened in some behind the scenes meeting about the vote in Virginia. I have no idea what she was talking about, but she was really going at it.

-Kid Rock performed (at least so I am told) somewhere, and very late in the night as we headed back to our hotel we passed a river of very happy young Republicans who told us it was awesome.

-And last, but far from least, I saw some sort of protester… heaven knows what his cause was… wearing a rubber boot upside down on his head, and blowing into a plastic, inflatable bat. When it was full, he proceeded to yell some phrase I could not possibly make out and started whacking himself on the head. It was wild.

That’s it for now. As you can probably tell, after a week of talking politics, listening to speeches, watching interviews, and running into politicos around every corner, I’m getting balmy. Hope you are well. Call if you can.

Regards,
Tom

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  1. Mr. Sal Lara

    florida state took my children while we were on vacation in 1999 my wife suffered a heart attack. and my daughter suffers from asthma. a social worker in the hospital called protective services. I had explained to her why my daughter was wearing a mask. at the time my child had just finished eating chocolate pudding that one of the nurse's gave her. she made a big stink about it, because I asked her for help. we were waiting for our money to arrive at the bank in a couple of days. she accused my wife of self inflickting wounds,writting my daughter's and her prescriptions and that I was a drug user and a drunkered. then they came 20 sheriffs sorrounded the camp ground one of the officers twisted my 8yrs old arm the csw bribing my daughter that she would take her to Mc.donalds and buy her toys we were not allowed visitations and accused my 8yrs old son of having sexual intercourse while they were placed together in a home. we gave them drs. report from new york and they said its just hearsay since then we have not been in contact w/our children

    August 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  2. Mr. Sal Lara

    my wife Rebecca is living in the nursing home in long beach new york,she was dragged by a aide name maude I tried to bring to justice and the police dept. said that they could not do anything that the facility has to take care of it. if would of dragged my wife like this I would of been locked up on the scene and they stuck her in the psych. unit I am U.S. Army soldier w/ an honorable discharge my family shopuld not be treated or anyone else like this

    August 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm |