Day two of the Republican National Convention marked the first big night of speeches and celebration for the GOP, following a subdued opening day when elected officials and journalists alike turned their attention to Hurricane Gustav, which was bearing down on the New Orleans area.
Former Sen. Fred Thompson, who earlier this year was a presidential aspirant himself, held center stage to deliver a condensed biography of soon-to-be Republican nominee Sen. John McCain and to offer folksy praise of McCain's pick as vice president, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
The night was also notable for an address by Sen. Joe Lieberman, now an independent but not so long ago a Democrat--in fact, he was the Democratic Party's vice presidential nominee in 2000.
President Bush, meanwhile, addressed the Republican throng by video.
Get a fuller picture of Tuesday night's event in this video with Katie Couric of CBS News: