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The Republican Convention was President Donald Trump's "Really Big Show"

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on August 29, 2020 14:16

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In the immortal words of Golden Age TV host Ed Sullivan, this year's Republican Convention was "a really big show" that made television great again...

President Trump took "working from home during the coronavirus pandemic" to a whole new level when he turned the White House lawn into a Trump rally dedicated to the proposition that we are all Americans.

It was an unforgettable television extravaganza concluding with opera, fireworks and "God Bless America."

There were four acts: I. "Land of Heroes. II. "Land of Promise." III. "Land of Opportunity." IV. "Land of Greatness."

Each episode featured a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, including national monuments, historic locations, and federal buildings. Most speakers came from the neoclassical Mellon Auditorium, although settings for Vice President Mike Pence's Ft. McHenry tribute to the "Star Spangled Banner," Cardinal Dolan at the Statue of Liberty, Nicholas Sandmann's Lincoln Memorial and First Lady Melania Trump's White House Rose Garden venues were equally impressive.

In a can-you-top-this cascade each night, President Trump thanked coronavirus workers, welcomed rescued hostages, pardoned a reformed bank robber, and granted US citizenship to immigrants from around the world. He illustrated themes of redemption and second chances...implying he deserved a second chance, too.

Great settings gave impact to testimonials from a wide variety of speakers including political refugees, immigrants, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women, police widows and parents of terror victims, well as minority and working-class Democrats, among others.

As viewers noted, including this one, many of the ordinary Americans were more impressive than the professional politicians, government officials and generals. Their love of country, dedication to principle, and faith in America and President Trump came across as authentic, touching, and persuasive.

Each day's episode built on the one before as building blocks in an emotional and logical argument for re-election, culminating in a 70-minute oration detailing President Trump's vision for America, followed by singing and fireworks.

The "Wow!" factor was 100%.

This uplifting spectacular was organized by veteran White House and GOP convention CEO Marcia Lee Kelly, a first generation Korean-American woman -- who worked for Rudy Giuliani and produced Yankees ticker-tape parades, New York City's Millennium celebration, the Princess Diana Memorial, a Sting concert, and the inauguration of Mayor Giuliani. She also produced the Emmy-nominated Prayer for America, the first televised memorial for victims of 9/11.

Reportedly, TV producers Mark BurnettSadoux Kim, and Chuck Labella worked on the show. 

Media reports say President Trump was involved in creative decisions. I don't doubt it. The show clearly reflected his personality, TV experience, and New York roots. I bet he watched Ed Sullivan when he was growing up, too.

President Trump made television great again with his convention, setting a new standard of excellence that makes conventional Hollywood fare--as well as the Democratic convention--look like amateur hour by comparison. 

If they gave Emmys for political conventions, this one would win them all.

I sure hope somebody in Hollywood noticed there is a market for patriotic uplift among American TV viewers and hires this production team to run a network.

Laurence Jarvik

Posted on August 29, 2020 14:16

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Nebraska's Republican leaders say Donald Trump's convention speech helped him broaden his appeal to general election voters.

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