Delegates cheered every mention of Romney's name in a ritual roll call of the states certain to seal the results of last winter's brutal primaries and caucuses.
The mocking of Obama began almost instantly from the podium at a convention postponed once and dogged still by Hurricane Isaac. He's "never run a company. He hasn't even run a garage sale or seen the inside of a lemonade stand," declared Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party.
To propel Romney and ticketmate Paul Ryan into the fall campaign, the convention quickly approved a conservative platform that calls for tax cuts - not government spending - to stimulate the economy at a time of sluggish growth and 8.3 percent unemployment.