Below are pictures from the event: The woman below is Nancy K. Otstot. Filled with the energy only a political party National Convention delegate can muster, Nancy Otstot will be a delegate for Pennsylvania's Cumberland County at the 2008 Republican National Convention. The convention will occur September 1st through 4th in Minnesota's twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.Ms. Otstot arrived at the the Toyota arena with some equally patriotic gal pals.I don't get why the little guy's mom likes him dressed like this. Maybe I should have asked her. Perhaps, she felt she was paying homage to Senator McCain's military background. Could be that his father is presently serving in a conflict. Not knowing why a mom would have her youngster dressed pseudo battle ready, my mind goes to what John McCain said in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, "Only a fool or a fraud sentimentalizes the cruel and merciless reality of war."Above is House of Representative Todd Platt and Scott - yes, more than a bit out of focus.Senator Arlen Spector waiting for his time at center stage. The flag behind him is the one which would soon raise for Senator McCain's bus. Before Senator McCain and his entourage arrived, Congressman Platts spoke to the crowd before the pledge of allegiance (which had a few people spinning because they were unsure of which flag to face because there were multiple flags around the room).
Miss York County, Randi Levenduski, below, did a very fine rendition of the National Anthem.
If you look at this second picture of the bus, you may see Senator McCain, Tom Ridge and Senator Joe Lieberman.
You might notice that people weren't waving campaign signs. I was told before the event that McCain didn't want this to be a rally; rather, he hoped it would be a time to speak of the situation in the nation of Georgia and get down to the questions/concerns of the people. That is pretty much what it was.
Scott was fortunate enough to get Senator McCain to sign one of our tickets on his way out of the event. As Senator Lieberman had first passed, before John McCain spoke, Scott had gotten his autograph on the other ticket.
I think more important to my son than any picture taken or autograph signed was that "President McCain," as Scott now refers to him, shook his hand.