The Donald was in town, Donald Trump that is, and Ernie Boch Jr. hosted a campaign event at his family compound in Norwood which featured an indoor swimming pool surrounded by limestone walls. Trump even made mention, as he stood at the podium speaking to the crowd, “What a nice spread Boch has, I didn’t know there were properties this big around here.”
As guests turned off of Rt.1, heading towards the Boch home which was right around the corner, 100’s of protesters lined both sides of the street chanting their dislike of Trump. Some were loud and many were carrying signs held high in the air. Security was tight and each car was stopped, before going any further down the road to park at the various places for the event. The protesters were being watched by several security guards who stayed out on the street keeping everything in check.
The protesting didn’t stop the crowd of over 2,000 people who were on a list to be admitted to the festivities inside the tall wrought iron gates. When you entered there were two long tables on either side of the long driveway leading up to the mansion. On the left was a long table with over a dozen people taking the donation checks of $100. per person, only those on the list of course, and on the right, the press table with the proper credentials for press and photographers to enter.
Trump made his first speech at the front of the home and when finished, stopped to take a selfie with one lucky woman, who was able to get in step with his entourage, as they quickly moved pass to go in the back towards the main tent and stage where he made another speech.
Once Trump was in front of the mike, he was hilariously funny when he started doing imitations of Hillary Clinton, Jed Bush and some others. The crowd burst into laughter as he contorted his face and had mannerisms just like the people he was mimicking. Yes, he did touch base on all the important political topics and what a disastrous state we are in at the moment. But, I will say this, he was very funny and absolutely entertaining.
Boch at one time had his own band, Ernie and the Automatics, with some of Boston’s rock royalty, including Sibby Hashian and Barry Goudreau of BOSTON. The Boch family founded the Music Drives Us organization and are avid supporters of keeping music alive in our schools and for our children. So, it wasn’t unexpected to see so many of Boston’s rock and artist community tun out for this event, many with their wives or significant others.
Gary Hoey, Johnny Johnny A, Joe Deleo (Sin City), Sibby Hashian (BOSTON), Sean Goudreau (Barry Goudreu of BOSTON), TUNES (John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band), and artist Giovanni DeCunto, who did an oil painting of Trump which was displayed as you walked on to the grounds. Also in attendance were many of our local politicians, a few New England Patriot players, one Boston Bruin, and many of the car dealers.
Here are some photos from the event.