Bag of Skittles

I had a unique opportunity to be up close and personal with one of the candidates for POTUS this past weekend.  Well, not really “up close and personal,” but in the same room if that counts.

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Okay, maybe it was up close and personal but it was also a packed house, full of people.

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Those cute collegians with the big phones were super skilled on social media and loving the backdrop of Trump with the King of College football in Oklahoma, Barry Switzer.

Here was my lame attempt at same….clearly, I have a lot to learn.

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Before the candidate arrived, we ran into some fun friends of ours from all sides of the political aisle.

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I should have tweeted this pic as a political bag of Skittles (haha) because we represent a wide variety of political color, commentary and three different political parties.

But not as much color as was seen across the street.

I snapped a quick pic of the snack sized bag of protestors who set up shop across from the event. You know I couldn’t wait to photograph them.

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I kept thinking… I was in a college town and this is all you’ve got?

The guy holding the Trump Lies poster wins best sign award.  I am positive he was cloaked in a hybrid Bernie T-Shirt considering the irony of that statement and hope he finds a more lucrative career with ESPN Gameday.

Seriously, the mom in me would have loved to have walked across the street and talked with these kids just to see where they were coming from and why they took time out from the massive tailgating and pre-gaming taking place to hold up some signs and protest.  However, at this point I was already tagged as a hostile, so I stuck with our plan and headed into the event.

In my next life, I am going to be a journalist…just saying.

 

 

 

Political Theater

It is the second day of the Democratic National Convention and man, do they know how to put on a good show. Between the Bernie protests, a star studded line-up with celebrities and professional politicians, the convention chair got the boot and Bernie was booed by his own supporters for suggesting they throw their hat behind the nominee. I’m thinking what’s not to love, right?

The stage in the arena, while all consuming, held not one American flag but was as blue and bland as Monica Lewinsky’s dress. Just blame it on the Russians.

dnc_call_to_order_072516Oh, lest us not forget the Russians and the DNC email leaks as fingers point to them as responsible for much of the chaos. Never mind, the content in those emails exposed some serious corruption at the DNC, a rigged system and collusion with the media. Who needs fact when you can sell fiction. I would be remiss if I didn’t claim anticipation for when Wikileaks releases the 33,000 missing emails from Hillary’s personal server…because you know they have ’em.  It’s just a matter of time.

 

 

Bling

You always hear about the fashion at political conventions and from what I saw this week,  it can be divided into three categories. The good, the bad and the bling…

The good could be a reference to the state delegation gear.

The Texas delegation was all suited up in matching shirts and hats.

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Donated to their delegation by Stetson, they waived the hats continually from their seats on the convention floor.  I think it was their way of showing applause, or maybe it was just hot down there, or maybe they were just thinking big hair needed big hats ha ha!

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But they did stand out in the crowd!

I had to snap this pic of the Hawaii delegation… They had matching shirts and dresses complete with flowers in their hair and lays around their necks.  Adorable!

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If you look closely, you can see my Senator on the left is perplexed and not sure who I am photographing since I am…well, taking this of their back side, probably not the most flattering angle just saying.

And, a Montana delegate….from the back side.

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I think I have an issue with taking people’s pictures….

But, the Senator doesn’t. Best example of bling.

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He really isn’t shy when it comes to photo ops.

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But, Oklahoma really did look sharp in their matching navy blue blazers. On this particular night, the navy blue blazers were worn with red shirts.

Twinning…..note the clear plastic bags.

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A pic of the flag suit dudes..from the back side.

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These guys were talking to the media who could be distinguished not only by their gold colored badges but also with the backpacks they were allowed to bring into the arena. Hence my reference above to the clear plastic bags regular folks were forced to carry for security purposes. Well, not forced. But, you get my drift.

Here’s a pic from my Senator’s camera.  Clearly, he’s not afraid to ask for a photo.

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And this hat…IMG_6949The lady to the left saw me sneaking a pic. She thought the hat was funny too.

One more from the back side haha…but, cute elephant skirts none the less.IMG_9136

Looks like the Senator snagged a better version…go figure.

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Can’t wait to watch the DNC this week to see if all the bling is a universal convention theme or a one-sided phenomena.