Thursday, April 30, 2009

A great Hot Air Tour event

Well the weather wasn't the greatest, but the Americans For Prosperity Hot Air Tour balloon did make it and gave rides to lots of attendees. Guess the rain is okay, so long as there isn't any wind.

APF President Tim Phillips and Waterville Mayor Derick Merrin both spoke briefly. Tim gave out the phone numbers for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (419-259-3875, 202-224-3353 and 614-469-6697) and urged everyone to call him and ask him to promise not impose any taxes in order to address any 'global warming' issue.

I took videos of the speeches and of several home-schooled kids who came out to get a ride in the balloon. I'll download them tonight and post them tomorrow.

There were about 60 people total who showed up and enjoyed coffee, donuts, the commentary and the rides. There were plenty of t-shirts for those who wanted them, as well.

Considering the time of day and the weather, AFP judged this event a success.


Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...


I realize that the Hot Air Tour event probably logistically had more of the needed room to put on the event available in Waterville, but with a name like that, the event seemed to be a natural for Toledo ;-)

(Or Columbus)

Maggie said...

Hooda - this was actually their first time on a college campus. I think they would have had larger crowds if the weather had been better....

Timothy W Higgins said...


I agree that better weather would have helped. Holding these events when we Conservatives aren't attempting to earn money to pay the onerous taxes that our government tells us that we should be happy to pay wouldn't hurt either.

Would have loved to attend, but my lords and masters (employers, not Congress and the President) insist on my presence from time to time.

Maggie said...

I agree Tim - but we take them when we can get them. :)

AFP was pleasantly surprised by the numbers...they understand the timing wasn't the best for a terrific turnout...

navyvet said...

Hi Maggie,

Thanx for the report/update.

Would have been there but got "mal de mar"....7 miles from the Maumee River. ???? = wimp.


Thomas said...

By the time I got out of class and got out there, it was past 10.30 and raining pretty hard. It didn't help that this is the last week of classes, making it less desirable to skip. Wish I oculd have been there.

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