September 28, 2008 was a very special day for me. I got to attend my first vice presidential debate featuring a very good friend of mine, Governor Sarah Palin. I was able to see how an event like this debate comes together. My eventful day started at the McCain Ranch. Since I’m a huge politics nerd, this was like Christmas morning to me.
When I arrived at the ranch, I was shocked by how large it was. One area had several beautiful horses running around and another part of the ranch had several other types of farm animals running around. When I got there, Mrs. McCain wanted us to have some lunch. So we all gathered in this large open pasture type area for lunch; senator McCain, had the kids sitting separately from the “adults”. I was later told he did that, so he could talk ...view middle of the document...
They took several days to practice. After spending a few days preparing, they decided to head out to the location of the debate, so they had time to prepare there.
As we got ready to leave, we all got piled into several cars which took us to the airport. At the airport we boarded a private jet and was bound for St. Louis. When we arrived in St. Louis we headed for Washington University, which was hosting the debate. When we arrived at Washington University, Sarah was able to get a feeling for what it would be like. I was shocked at how large the auditorium was. After spending a few hours there, we headed back to our hotel rooms, there Sarah was secluded for the duration of the debate, so she could practice without distractions. This is where I got a much bigger role of “baby-sitting” for the rest of the event.
September 28, 2008 arrived and everyone was ready for the debate. Her family wished her good luck, I took my seat. I was sitting about halfway back from the front. I was able to see Senator Biden and Governor Palin. I really enjoyed watching a debate live, and seeing how the people reacted to each person’s answers. After 2 hours passed, it ended. According to some people, the debate was a draw. After the debate I got to shake hands with Senator Biden.
When the debate wrapped up, I was able to come on stage and shake Senator Biden’s hand, and meet his family. After we shook everyone’s hands and thanked everyone, we left for our hotel. At our hotel the politicians talked strategy, and decided to celebrate a job well done at a local restaurant. After all the celebrating we had a good night’s rest, and the next day we headed home.
This will be a day I will never forget. Being able to attend this event meant a lot to me. I hope I will be able to attend future political functions with any politician, not just Governor Palin. This event gave me a taste of what it’s like to be a politician.