A tip of the hat to Trump — and the future
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By Robin Walker
The RNC and DNC conventions are over and I just have a few reflections to share. I love my hat. I love my Larry Mahan straw hat that was donated by Kathaleen Wall and Holly Frost. All 315 Texas delegates and alternates got one as well as a Texas star shirt donated by Norman Adams Insurance in Houston.
Though reluctant to have “hat hair” for four days in Cleveland, I discovered that the hat made me an instant ambassador for Texas and Guadalupe County. Our conservative values, our generous and gracious attitudes and our determination to win this election were easy to discuss after posing for a picture. Locals and visitors alike wanted a picture with the folks from Texas in their hats.
And the press....ah the press. They couldn’t resist the hats. I am sure some of the liberal media thought they would be interviewing a bunch of bubbas, but as it turned out, we spoke intelligently in English and sometimes in Spanish. MY hat alone was a press magnet for the Washington Times, The Hamburg Germany press, Paris France press, Brazil, NPR (National Public Radio), ABC, and my favorite...The Rolling Stone (I’ll get five copies for my mother).
The Hamburg press wanted to know my opinion of the Trump Helicopter entrance on Wednesday July 20. My convention roommate had just said she wished we could see Mr. Trump up close and a lady at the marina on Lake Erie said “We’d love to give you a boat ride on the lake but Donald Trump is landing just up on that hill behind the Science museum. While we are waiting for security to clear us to go, you might walk up there.” With our delegate credentials, we were admitted into the press area where the Trump family entourage passed us and Donald landed in his helicopter. The reporter for the Hamburg press couldn’t resist my hat and basically asked “Don’t you think his entrance was outrageous and bombastic? The jet, the music, the helicopter? While German people are struggling?” I thought for a moment and said “I’m from Texas, I thought it was awesome”. So much for my international diplomacy.
And speaking of hats, I want to tip my hat to the City of Cleveland and its citizens. They were gracious, the city was immaculate (our big Texas cities could take a lesson) and everyone, I mean everyone, made sure we knew we were welcome. The first responders were everywhere, county Mounties, local police, military police, and more stood ready, making it possible for us to see Cleveland without fear.
Finally, I would like to give a tip of the cowboy hat to the man who pulled it off against all odds. Whose children gave some of the most riveting, genuine and inspirational speeches at the convention; Tiffany (just out of college), Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka. Also a tip of the hat to the other speakers. The diverse itinerary included business people, law enforcement officials, my favorites...Rudy Giuliani, Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the Benghazi Annex Security Team, Governor Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich. Yep, I tip my hat to Donald Trump, the guy that loves his country more than self and has pledged his time, treasure and his sacred honor to help restore our country to the constitutional republic it was created to be. Hillary got it right in her convention speech. Our nation is at a “moment of reckoning”. I reckon we are going to miss the Clintons.
Hat’s off to new ideas and the end of politics as usual.
Robin Walker is President of the Guadalupe County Republican Women and 2016 RNC Delegate