The Republican National Convention is now officially over and Mitt Romney is officially the Republican nominee. NY1's Zack Fink wraps up the convention in the following report.
The convention was sometimes predictable, such as Mitt Romney saying in his speech that "we celebrate success, we don't apologize for success."
It was sometimes poignant, when Ann Romney said in her speech that her marriage to Mitt was "a real marriage."
It was also sometimes bizarre, such as Clint Eastwood talking to an invisible President Obama in his speech.
"He can't do that to himself," Eastwood said at one point.
The Republican National Convention started with the looming threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, which forced the Republicans to cancel Monday's floor speeches. It wound up bypassing the Tampa metro area but the storm remained in the background of the convention week's narrative, continually raising questions about damage it may cause and how the Republicans should react.
Some convention watchers thought keynote speaker Chris Christie's message fell flat, as he talked more about himself than he did about Romney.
"We need politicians who care more about doing something and less about being something," Christie said in his speech. "If we can do this in a blue state like New Jersey, with a conservative Republican governor, Washington DC is out of excuses."
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan went straight for the youth vote in his speech.
"College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life," he said.
The speaker list read like who's who in the future Republican party, as some of the rising talents were showcased, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But in the end this was Romney's convention. And on Thursday night he proudly accepted his party's nomination.