Before Sen. Jim Inhofe could speak, everyone had to be really quiet. Jerry Buchanan, a former Tulsa County Republican Party, began introducing Inhofe, but the crowd was too wound up to quiet down. Murmurs of excitement continued through the first part of the introduction. Then, an hour and a half after the senator was first spotted, Buchanan threatened to make everyone wait even longer to hear his speech.
“Should we continue this or should we wait?” he asked the crowd. “Can I please have your attention one more time?”
The talking continued until the crowd was shushed one more time. Inhofe appeared on stage to cheers and whistling, but once again, everyone was scolded.
“It’s sort of hard to hear,” the senator said. “They’re talking over on that end.”
Everyone from the quiet side of the room shot death stares to the rest of the Republican crowd. Shushing hissed across the room. The talkers canned it immediately. Then Inhofe began his speech in earnest.
Staff Writer Carrie Coppernoll