Last Thursday I was one of the bloggers who attended FreedomWorks’ FreePAC at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. I arrived Wednesday, along with a few other folks.
Fingers Malloy did his show live in the hotel lobby. This photo was snapped before the show, but I think it’s funny, so I’m posting it:
Feel free to steal that and photoshop it however you want.
Here’s FreedomWorks New Media Director Kristina Ribali slumming:
The next day, we were transported to the American Airlines arena where we were all business:
Here’s a look at our view.
That’s Shane Wright‘s head. Shane sat right next to me:
There was a great lineup of speakers, many of who I made the trip from Blogger’s Row to the stage to get photos of. By the end of the day, I had a good workout.
The lineup of speakers included Michelle Malkin:
Kinda surprised you didn’t know that…
Anyway, the next speaker was Indiana’s Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock:
I learned something very cool at this event. It turns out, the Tea Party movement has gone global.
Here are two of the groups on the big screen:
Richard Mourdock was followed by Breitbart’s own Dana Loesch, who took a brickbat to the main stream media for their constant attacks on the Tea Party:
Ted Cruz was up next.
I kept thinking people were booing him while waving yard signs with his name on it. It was bizarre.
Then I realized they weren’t saying “BOOOOO.” They were saying “CRUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!”
He’s up in the polls. I’m thinking he going to win.
Here’s a look at the crowd from my vantage point once the seats filled in. The crowd was singing “God Bless America.”
That was still early in the show. More and more people filled in the empty seats, as you can see in this shot of C.L. Bryant:
C.L. Bryant has a movie coming out that is a must see. It’s called, “Runaway Slave.” Here’s the trailer:
Here’s FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe.
As you can see, he’s a very high strung and intense guy. Sometimes I just wish he would relax a little.
Matt said he had it in his contract to never follow C.L. Bryant, because he’s a tough one for follow.
Sen. Mike Lee didn’t have such luck:
Sen. Rand Paul followed Sen. Lee. He brought the crowd to its feet:
As did Sen. Jim DeMint:
It was late in the day, and I assumed Sen. DeMint was the final speaker, so I went back up to Blogger’s Row and started breaking everything down.
Then the crowd blew up. Turns out there was one more speaker.
Here are a few shots I took of him:
After he split, I got to spend about 30 15 minutes trying to get back to my backpack, which made me nervous for two reasons. One, it had all my equipment in it, and two. Brandon Morse could be going through it.
Morse, and a majority of the bloggers for that matter, were long gone, so I made my way to the VIP dinner.
I lined up Sen. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Jim DeMint and handed my camera to Stephen Kruiser. This is the photo he took:
Apparently, he’s unfamiliar with zooming out. He is, however, comfortable with eating pudding with a tiny spoon:
Justen Charters of Resistance 44 had business with Matt Kibbe, but he was kind enough to pause for a photo:
I turned around and Michelle Malkin was explaining the main differences between First, Second, Third and Fourth Edition Dungeons and Dragons.
That’s pretty much all the photos I took that are worth sharing. It was a great event and proof the Tea Party is far from dead.
I wish I could have stayed through the weekend for Restoring Love, the Glenn Beck event in Texas Stadium, but it wasn’t possible.
Oh, wait. I have one more photo to share.
Presenting, Molly Teichman:
Beside her is award winning blogger Michelle Lancaster.
There, I didn’t forget you this time.
That’s it. Look for another photo dump next Monday, this time from Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit.