True to their promise for official business only, the Republican Convention today focused on floor votes and finished with a brief appearance by First Lady Laura Bush and Cindy McCain. After a series of touching and well-done video messages from the Gulf State Governors (all of whom are Republican) both women appealed for aid to Hurricane victims.
Laura Bush said, "Our first priority for today and in the coming days is to ensure the safety and well-being of those living in the Gulf Coast Region. . . When such events occur, we are reminded that first, we are all Americans - and that our shared American ideals will always transcend political parties and partisanship."
Cindy McCain followed (wearing a fantastic, 50s-silhouette goldenrod dress) saying, "I would ask that each one of us commit to join together to aid those in need as quickly as possible. As John has been saying for the last several days, this is a time when we take off our Republican hats and put on our American hats."
To see what the party is doing during the convention to help, and video of the audience's reaction to Laura and Cindy,
The Republican party has formed a center where volunteers will make 80,000 "comfort packages," (including food and toiletries), a text message alert system, and a directory of websites to encourage Americans to donate to charities identified by the five Gulf Coast governors. The comfort packages will be packed by convention volunteers and shipped out Wednesday.
The crowd couldn't have been more enthusiastic to see the two speak.