Elyce Taylor

Kickoff night of the Republican National Convention was changed
considerably due to touchdown of Hurricane Gustav in the Gulf Coast.
Instead of keynote addresses regarding GOP reform, First Lady Laura
Bush and First Lady hopeful Cindy McCain joined together and appealed
to their party for financial hurricane aid. Laura Bush said it was an
opportunity for America to unite across party lines. Cindy McCain
echoed her words noting her husband Senator John McCain’s advice to
his supporters that they take off their Republican hats and put on
their American hats. Earlier Monday they had met with volunteers in
the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The two women seemed happy to speak
together on behalf of Gustav victims. But Laura Bush said she still
wanted to deliver her original speech praising Cindy McCain. The First
Lady happily told reporters she had already given it to Ms. McCain for
her to read.