“The convention was awesome,” said Poetschke of his first major political outing. “It had a lot of enthusiasm and energy to change the course.
“The enthusiasm that was shown at the convention should translate into a victory.”
He said he met many great people, both from his own delegation and from others across the country.
“I saw Newt Gringrich up close but didn’t get to speak to him,” he shared. “I had a few words with Gov. (Nathan) Deal.”
Always politically motivated, the GOP alternate delegate considers it a “great honor” to have been elected to serve at the convention.
“I felt great about this,” he said. “I have always tried to spread the good words and views on many things about the system and how it really works. I have tried to help the cause of liberty and freedom to help me and others.”
Inspired by Ronald Reagan, Poetscheke also was inspired by a number of speeches at the convention, including that of Ann Romney, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and former U.S. secretary of state Condoleeza Rice, he said.
“Some of the speeches were absolutely excellent.”
Born in Poland in 1933, his wife, daughter and he defected to the West in 1968, and arrived in the United States in 1969. With a master’s degree in civil engineering and science, the family settled in Michigan, where he was fortunate to have found work in his field and lived for 30 years.
The first five years were challenging, said Poetschke, as he did not speak English.
Not only does he now speak the language, the retiree penned and published a book of short essays on politics and economics entitled “Memories from the Turbulent Years and Beyond” in 2008.
The book addresses the years from World War I up to the present, Poetschke explained, focusing on the rise of Communism in his native Poland and throughout parts of Europe.
The book also addresses the years of Herbert Hoover’s and Franklin Roosevelt’s presidencies, and the author’s attitudes and feelings on The Great Depression, the New Deal and World War II and its consequences. Poetschke said, “We won the war, but we lost the peace.”
In his book, he also addresses his feelings about the Federal Reserve, education and environmental issues.
Poetschke has plans to write another book in a different vein, but hasn’t decided which direction to go.
“Because of my age,” he laughs, “I have to move forward on it faster.”