Paul Ryan Announced as Romney’s Running Mate
After reviewing some of the potential vice-presidential candidates, we focused in on one in particular, and back in mid-June The Political Astrology Blog obtained Paul Ryan’s birth time and then published it along with his birth chart in a previous article.
For some insight into Ryan’s life and career, please see the article that was recently published on our sister site Saturn Return Stories titled The Astrology of Paul Ryan’s Political Ascent.
The Public Announcement
Romney publicly announced that Ryan was his running mate at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at exactly 9:21 EDT. A few minutes later Ryan joined him on stage at 9:28 AM.
The screenshot below was taken at the exact moment that Romney made the announcement at the rally. Note the time in the top left corner.
When Romney called Ryan on stage at 9:27 he made what some might see as an ominous gaffe when he said
Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan.
He ended up correcting himself a few minutes later. We should mention that Obama made a similar mistake four years ago when he first introduced Joe Biden, and that hasn’t turned out to be terribly portentous so far, although Romney’s statement may still be worth noting given the symbolic significance of the moment for Ryan.
Earlier Announcement Times?
I’ve seen a few astrologers who noted the 9:21 AM announcement time at this point, although no one seems to have pointed out that there was a separate announcement that was made earlier in the day.
Technically the official announcement about picking Ryan was sent out two hours before the Norfolk rally, via a mobile phone application that was specifically marketed so that Romney supporters could be the first to find out who his running-mate was. According to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Daily News, that announcement was sent out via the app just after 7:00 AM eastern time.
There is a bit of a problem though, because we don’t know whether the campaign staffer who pressed the button at 7:00 to send out the announcement was in Norfolk with Romney and Ryan, or if they were back at Romney’s campaign headquarters in Boston. It looks like the rising sign changes depending on the location, which means that the difference is pretty major from an electional standpoint.
Both charts feature an auspicious Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Gemini, although one of the charts is distinctly more auspicious than the other due to the change of rising sign. While we cannot say which of the two 7:00 AM charts is the correct one, it seems that because the 7:00 AM announcement was earlier, and also because it appears to have been considered to be the official announcement, that it should in fact be more important than the 9:21 AM announcement at the rally.
That being said, here are the three announcement charts:
Ryan Announced as Running Mate via Phone App – 7:00 AM, Norfolk
Ryan Announced as Running Mate via Phone App – 7:00 AM, Boston
Romney Makes Announces Ryan as Running Mate at Rally – 9:21 AM, Norfolk