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Meeting Ron Paul (for real Part I

Dear Friends,

I spent the day yesterday in Manchester at the Marriott Fairfield Inn with the Ron Paul family, and attended the CNN debate as one of 10 of Ron Paul’s guests. It was unbelievable! The Paul family was tremendously warm and kind, welcoming me into their world. After spending some time together in the afternoon, I had an hour or so in my hotel room, during which I wrote the below piece. We were told to meet back in the hotel lobby for the caravan to the debate at 4:50pm, and if anyone was late, they’d be walking to the debate – 12 miles away!

As I got into my writing, time slipped away on me. I wanted to post this as Part I before the debate, and update it with Part II when we got back, but I lost track of the time. When I checked the clock – it was already 4:40 and I hadn’t yet showered or changed! I had to get ready to go!

Meeting Ron Paul (for real) Part I:
The Marriott Fairfield Inn in Manchester is your standard business motel - a nondescript box like thousands of others scattered across the country alongside highways and near airports. As I pulled into the parking lot after my hour-long drive from Boston, the world outside looked like a hurricane. Trees were bent over, blowing in the wind. The rain was so thick that the fastest speed on my rental car’s windshield wipers wasn’t fast enough. By now the rain had turned to hail and then into something worse – huge, grizzled chunks of ice the size of gum balls. They were falling from the sky, thump, thump, thumping on the roof of my rented car. Having not brought an umbrella (it was sunny in Boston when I left), I had to wait it out in the car before making a mad dash to the hotel. It was 1:00 pm. The plan was to meet Matt Pyeatt, Ron Paul's eldest grandson - the one who had invited me here - at the hotel, but I knew that his plane hadn't yet touched down.

When I walked into the lobby, there was Ron Paul himself, sitting alone at a computer, checking his email like any normal human being. His back was to me, but I could see his face reflected in a mirror just behind the computer screen. I recognized him immediately - how could I not? I've seen his face a thousand times on television, in print and of course on the internet. But there he was in the flesh.

I hesitated. He hadn't seen me and certainly wouldn't recognize me if he had. He's heard about this website - in fact, it is the reason I was invited up here in the first place – but we’d never met in person. One of my first posts on this blog was titled, How I First Met Ron Paul," and the first line read, "Okay, I don’t actually know Ron Paul personally..." But knowing that I actually was going to meet Dr. Paul today – in person – was enough to keep me up until the wee hours of the morning the night before, tossing and turning, wondering what I was going to say to him, wondering what it was going to be like. I wasn’t exactly nervous. I've heard enough about him to know that he is a sincere, kind and unpretentious man. And he is. But still I was too excited to sleep the night before.

So there I was in the hotel lobby, examining the reflected image of Dr. Paul's face in the mirror. Yup, that was him alright. He looks just like he does on TV, only there he was in the flesh. My hero. I didn't want to interrupt him, but every kid wants to meet his hero! So I walked over. "Dr. Paul," I said. "Yes," he said, rising up from his chair to shake my hand. "Michael Nystrom from the Daily Paul." "Oh, yes," he said, his face broadening into a warm smile.

Wow. Unbelievable!

We chatted for a while - about the website, about the campaign, about the weather. He was worried that his family was flying through this terrible storm. He nervously eyed the door, expecting his family to come walking through at any moment. My cell phone rang and it was Matt, telling me their plane had touched down safely and they'd be at the hotel soon. Dr. Paul was relieved and I let him get back to work.

* * *

"So blogging does pay off!" my friend Charles said when I called him and told him about it from my hotel room. Charles was at the rally in New York before Dr. Paul’s appearance on the Daily Show. I told him about how Dr. Paul's family was so warm and welcoming to me. Granted, I'm an outsider - just some random blogger that Matt took a liking to and somehow finagled into the events of this extraordinary day. But the Paul family made me feel right at home, just like one of them. There I was later in the afternoon, sitting in the hotel's dining room around a big table with Mrs. Paul, Matt and his two brothers Mark and Mike talking about what we should do for lunch when in walks Dr. Paul and takes a seat right next to me. He'd been in the exercise room working out. A TV is suspended from the corner of the room, turned to CNN with the ubiquitous countdown to the debate in the lower left corner. I glance over at Dr. Paul. He looks tanned and healthy, and not the least bit nervous. A second later, I take another look up at the TV and see Ron Paul on the screen. "Hey! There you are!" I blurt out and point. Everyone looks up. It is a surreal moment.

We decided that we weren’t going to eat - they usually have a big spread at the venue, Mrs. Paul has informed us. We all retire to our respective rooms for a nap, to freshen up, and change into our good clothes. The plan is to meet back in the lobby at four fifty and caravan together to the debate site.

I came back to my room but of course couldn't sleep. I'm simply too excited and nervous for my hero. Ron Paul's going down to the temple to knock over some tables and run the money changers out, and I’m going with him.

Dr. Paul getting into the lead car of the caravan. Standing to the right of the car is Jared Chicoine. Here's an article on him in the Washington Post.

The huge Ron Paul rally outside the arena. They were loud and full of energy! See Ron Paul HQ for more pictures and video. This should put to rest the idea that all the Ron Paul internet activity is "spam." No ladies and gentlemen, we are real.

Newscasters. Up close and in person, they look very plastic.

Inside the debate hall before the debate began. Lots of money was spent for what ended up being a very useless two hours (imho). Watching the debate was like torture. Dr. Paul got very little speaking time, and wasn't given an opportunity to answer the questions that would really differentiate him from the other candidates.

The candidates take the stage.

Afterwards in the "spin room." The spin room was like the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Each candidate had a "post" where he stood, and reporters could crowd around and interview him. One by one, they would be called up onto the main stage, where CNN did the big interview.

Fun time! The after debate party at Murphy's. There were hundreds of supporters. I got to meet a lot of people from the website - it was great to see so many supporters in one place! Sorry I didn't get a better picture! More to come in the next few days!

My warmest thanks to Dr. Paul and the Paul family for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Go Ron Paul!

Michael Nystrom

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thanks for taking us along

Proud of you for being there; thanks for taking us along for the ride.
Btw - good to see you.

Ron Paul

Thanks Michael, for the very informative process and pics. Looks like you had a great time. My best wishes to you! I certainly hope you're hero, can see the real gem in you! You have alot to offer Ron Paul. Sure hope, Dr. Paul, can see the long distance runner that you are!

Rally after debate

Don't forget to visit Ron's FLICKR and WMUR sites for more event photos!
I will upload them as fast as I get them!

All the addresses for those are on my site at


...along with other videos and audio files.

Jane Aitken, 35-Year Veteran Teacher
Ron Paul 2008 Consultant
GOP Woman of the Year 2009
Founder NH Tea Party Coalition (NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY FAKE 2009 GROUP)
Founder USPEINetwork @ Yahoo (Nat'l Edu Activism Group)
Board Coalition of NH Taxpayers

I'm living Vicariously though you Michael

I don't know why I feel this, but I feel like I have such a bond with you Michael. I have been a contributor to your BNB website for years, and I can remember vivdly the day I heard that Ron Paul was running and I posted it to your BNB site.

It couldn't have been 2 days later you had this site up and running. Who would have thought that in such a short time we would be part of a real live REVOLUTION.. Jesus, we talked about it so much on your site, but here it is, it's really happening. People are listening to us..

I know this is way past sappy, but I seriously have tears in my eyes. As I read your report I was there with you, it's something I've dreamt about for years now, actually meet Dr Ron Paul!! I'm so happy that this happened for you. Just know you weren't alone there. You were there for every economic wierdo and crazy Misean out there..


Robert NW Ohio
"The freedom tree is watered by the blood of both patriots and tyrants alike".........."time to water the tree"..Authors Unkn


great to hear

That's great to hear. He seems enthusiastic as do his supporters. When Ron Paul takes New Hampshire then they will talk about him!

Ron Paul is in it for the long haul!

da bear

da bear

Thanks Michael and Representative Paul

Just a quick note to give a genuine "Thank You" to Michael for the great synopsis. Bullnotbull.com is part of my daily routine, and I enjoy your work tremendously.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Representative Paul's campaign (besides the many truths contained in his platform) is the notion that the campaign is just beginning. Access to the candidate is still honest and straightforward, even colloquial, and the message wholly undiluted. There is an excitement, a buzz, and a freshness that we should all be getting used to...but I suspect none of us are.

America is discovering the campaign, and likes what it is finding. For the first time since America's inception, there is a palpable belief that the American people are wholly capable of establishing and/or reclaiming a marvelous idea (constitutional government), repairing a broken dream, and fully restoring a government operated for and by the people.

No tricks, no pizzazz, no spin, no guile, no agendas. Just reclaim it, fix it, run it per the directions, and return it to it's rightful owners.

Forgive the Revolutionary/Patriotic tenor, but reading your article about Representative Paul is almost like reading unfettered field reports about George Washington. The analogy is susinct and accurate.

Today, Ron Paul is simply the last, great hope for America. Every other choice is business as usual, and business as usual will quickly send us packing to our mutual doom.

Articles like yours show potential voters that our beliefs are sound, our candidate is normal and sober, our platform may seem unorthodox, but is sane and Constitutional. Mostly, it reminds us that a lot of great Patriots and Americans will stand up to challenge bad government, even if it is our own.

Good luck and courage to all our friends active in the campaign, and Michael, keep those articles coming!!!

Your Friend

Theodore Williams
Galena, Illinois

I will second that sentiment...

Just like being there indeed. A great, most humble description of a journey through the proceedings in Manchester, NH with pictures, and the the first time I've seen the face my good virtual friend, M. Nystrom! I was very surprised and very pleased with all of this. I love this part of the internet. Our virtual friends take shape before our eyes sometimes unexpectedly.

Matt looks like he does in his picture at myspace of course. I'm gonna have my photo with you guys one day! It's funny, after 60 years alive, I've never really wanted to be in a photo with any one except maybe my immediate family. 2 weeks ago, I broke that spell and posed with another of my heros, G. Edward Griffin.

Hats' off to Michael Nystrom, his visit to NH where I called home for most of my young life and his great dailypaul.com right here with this up front and personal post of what it was like to be part of all of it.

Welcome back to you, sir!


Thanks For Taking Us There

Wow...that was almost like being there. And, I liked the"knocking over the tables of the money changers" description. That is exactly what Ron Paul is doing. Understanding that is understanding the essence of why this is so extraordinary. And, while it is not important to this campaign, I happen to think that when there is a planetary crisis and there is a voice of truth...there just may be some unseen help...even an intervening hand in the course of events. I don't believe Ron would ever take "In God We Trust" off our dollar bills...he'd just make certain those bills had some true monetary value.