When Abdullah and I first arrived in Riyadh from Washington, DC there was a major event in the works. It was the first Riyadh Summitt to be held in Riyadh for so many years. I’ll never forget all the advance plans and activities that started ahead in time. Abdullah had also been newly assigned to the Arab League Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During that entire period, I saw more of him on tv than I did beside me in my own bed. It was such an exciting time with all the pre-events, plans and coordinations. I knew my husband had a critical role and helped to formulate some of the policies and wrote several of the resolutions himself.
I felt like time fast forwarded with the recent Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. The entire ‘Queen City’ of Charlotte had been transformed to showcase the natural beauty of Carolina. The entire region was involved in the excitement and festivity.
Overall the conference was well planned. In some ways, those who seemed most overwhelmed were the local media and their coverage of the event. I was surprised by the heavy emphasis placed on the reaction of having the conference in Charlotte perhaps more so than the substance on who was speaking and why. However, this could have been primarily the local perspective. I chose to keep my station local rather than be glued to larger network coverage.
I learned something more about myself during conference coverage. For most of my adult life I would have characterized myself as a Republican but it was actually during the Republican National Conference in Tampa that I felt my views split and transpose to those more in align with the Democratic party.
I feel there is more hope for the United States of America and its future global and international interests with the Democratic rather than the Republic party. In my view the Republican party had presentations made of half truths, innuendos which were so full of holes that could not full the American people. The Republicans did not seem to have the same connection and understanding to the real people.
The race is not sealed by any means yet. Both parties will have much campaigning and fighting to do. Carolina can remain a swing state. It is not a ‘slam dunk’ for either Obama or Romney. Thankfully though, Carolina did not have any empty chairs on the dias waiting to take up still air.
I’d like to hear the views from the world on the perception of Charlotte as the hosting city. If you were a visitor to the Queen City, what was your perception? How were you surprised by seeing Charlotte as the host of the Bell?