1:20 pm - We have arrived. About 10 of us Texas Bloggers are positioned on Blog Row one level up from the floor, up front, close to the stage.
The Perry Campaign folks have been very accomodating and quite professional.
Lots of bands, flag holders, inside the Berry Arena (northwest Houston) warming up for the event. Looks like the Arena could seat 8 to 10,000.
Line out front is already around the Arena. Festive atmosphere. One very tall gentleman decked out in full Uncle Sam costume.
The hall is starting to fill up. Lots of homemade "Perry for Texas," and "Houston luvs Perry," signs. The media area down below is full. 8 to 10 television news cameras. Word is Fox News (national) is here.
Starting to get a Tea Party feel. Same type crowd. More signs: "Stop the Bailouts," "Washington is Broken," and "Hands off my Pistol."
Things getting underway. Band playing Texas music.
Dan Patrick, State Senator from Northside Houston is emceeing. Talking Twitter - RickPerry.com.
Crowd could be 3,000 to 5,000?
Patrick: "We've got the strongest economy in the United States!" Crowd roars.
Patrick: "He believes in the capitalist system... he believes in the 10th Amendment..."
Ted has arrived on stage!
Ted: "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could... Texas is the Number One State in the Nation..."
Star Spangled Banner...
"God Bless Texas, God Bless Governor Perry and God Bless Sarah Palin"
Sarah and Rick arrive. George Straight blaring...
Folks, it doesn't get any better than this. I am literally in tears.
Oh my, her outfit is wild! Piper w/Sarah. Both standing right next to Ted. Rick speaking. "There's a game going on today, but the real action is here..."
Michael Williams, Texas Railroad Commissioner is here! He is heavily rumored replacement for US Senate seat of Kay B. Hutchison, if she resigns. A good friend of the Governor.
The Gov. just recognized Williams on the stage.
Gov: 2/3rds supermajority of the legislature for any tax increase.
Balanced Budget Amendment for the entire country.
"Washington would be a lot better off if they did things the Texas way...
They'd be a lot better off if Sarah Palin was running things too."
Takes a little jab at Texas: Piper, "we're going to visit Alaska's little sister state..."
In Alaska, "we proudly cling to our guns and religion."
Salute to our Veterans.
Makes a little joke about seccession.
Mentions Glenn Beck.
TWEAK OF THE DAY FROM SARAH PALIN
"That government is best, which governs least"
"Rick and I believe in what Ronald Reagan believed, and it's all about American success."
Another Sign: "Keep Washington out of Texas"
Rick gives Sarah proclamation as honorary Texan.
Rick Perry signs off, "Let's keep moving Texas forward, and may God continue to bless the great State of Texas..."