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Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberte was describing his business model. But, he could’ve been talking about the 2012 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte last week.
Big Screens. Busloads. Banners. Broadcasters. Bloggers. Flashing Lights. Shooting Stars. Yes, yes. The president and all that.
Who cares about politics? I’m talking about the pomp, the pageantry. Oh! What a spectacle it was - with the entire world watching, to boot.
As a former newspaper gal, I took great pleasure in watching members of the media trip over each other to cover everything from foreign policy to celebrity sightings. Journalists are not shy about hanging around the food tents spitting cracker crumbs at each other and swapping notes.
Brit broadcaster Piers Morgan stirred fond memories of old-school newsrooms when he interviewed subjects – highbrow and low – from a bar stool in that boozy, newsy-kinda way that made you feel like you were eavesdropping on your parents’ late night party. Commentators commented from every corner.
Charlotte’s more like a Ghost Town than a Host Town today because the circus came and went.
I don’t know if the bluster on either political sides will settle down and amount to much.
I continue to pray that we’re going to shake hands and play nice when the time comes to really serve this great nation. I’ll continue, in the meantime, to perform my civic duties, in all their various forms, just in case.
But, I will say this. The party sure was fun.