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VIDEO: President Obama – Front Row Seats, Payroll Taxes and a CRUSH

Published on March 8th, 2012 by in Travel

By the time I arrived home from our White House Tour, I had received a message requesting the attendance of Mocha Moms who were either employed or business owners. I almost fell on the floor when I read that President Barack Obama would actually be there, as this was a press event on the media heavy Payroll Tax issue!

“Can you be there on Tuesday, February 21?”  Sure we can, and we are willing to reschedule, revamp and adjust whatever we need to in order to make it happen. That is exactly what 2 of my fellow Mocha Moms Inc. National Board members and I did.

When we arrived at the White House Executive Office Building, it was quite clear that a much different vibe was in the air. There were television network photographers and video cameras EVERYWHERE! CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS –  they were all there!  The Presidential Seal adorned the podium that stood bare just a few days prior.

We arrived earlier than expected, which meant FRONT ROW SEATS were ours for the taking!


The sudden appearance of many stone-faced Secret Service Agents assured us of the President’s impending arrival. But where was I? Just outside the door Tweeting (I’m such a social media sap). I was quickly informed that if I was not inside the room by the time Mr. President reached the building, I would not be allowed re-entry, as the room was to be sealed. To which I replied, “On that note, I’ll see you later.”  Mr. Serious Secret Service Guy got a big kick out of that. What?  I was not going to miss this rare moment for all of the Tweeting in the world.



When President Obama arrived, it was as if Jesus himself had just entered the room. Attendees stood to their feet and the applause ruptured. Within moments, the feeling I had not understood since his campaign trail and inauguration had been answered. Our Commander-in-Chief has a  MAJOR presence when he enters a room. His authority coupled with engaging and friendly character were immediately apparent! His slow and easy steps sealed the SWAG I’ve seen on TV but was now experiencing first-hand.

Okay, so I’ll admit, I had to pinch myself to keep from screaming. Can you imagine the embarrassment of acting like a star-struck teenager within arm’s reach of our nation’s President and Vice President, Joe Biden.

I’m no Obama Girl. But let’s just say my husband now calls our President my CRUSH!  Oh, and he can sing too!  First Lady Michelle, you’ve got a good one there.

Beyond my Obama Crush, it is obvious that a man of his caliber and intelligence is a positive image for our children, regardless of your political affiliation.

Those FRONT ROW seats came in handy as I managed to capture a portion of the Payroll Tax Press Event on video.  Take a look.

Have you admired someone from afar, but had a new-found respect for them once in the presence?


Happily married mother of 2 fabulous daughters. CEO & Designer of Shootie Girl™ Custom Rhinestone Apparel. Former government and global software giant manager turned work-from-home mom and National Director of Social Media and Blogging for a national non-profit moms organization.
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18 Responses

  1. Ang

    Wow, that’s so awesome! I’ve never been to the White House or met any US dignitaries. I have been to some other amazing places and met with some amazing people, as I grew up in Asia, but we’ll leave that story for another time! Have a great weekend!

    • Oooh, Ang. I’d love to hear more!

      • Ang

        Well, I’m a singer/performer (well, I was before I became a mom!) so I traveled to many countries throughout Asia on tour, mainly performing for charity, and met a lot of cool people along the way–a few are: prince and princess of Thailand, king and queen of Jordan, actor Dennis Quaid, slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer (from the band Fleetwood Mac), and have visited a lot of historical sites not usually on tourist lists! Whoo-hoo! Fun memories!

  2. I totally love and support Obama, and that isn’t an easy thing to do where I’m from! I super jealous you were there front and center. I agree, he has this way about him that is almost…calming. Way to go!

  3. How exciting – a moment you’ll always remember! I went to Washington DC for a school trip once and saw the White House when we were there. And when I moved to Hawaii, I found that the school Obama attended is just near me. I like the way he presents himself – he is definitely always calm:)
    Thanks for sharing,

    PS. You look great in that dress – I LOVE the colour! 🙂

  4. What a great experience! To meet the President… how very cool!! I would have rescheduled, revamped, etc… to attend as well!! and by the way… you looked very lovely! Blessings!

  5. jennifer shirah

    What an amazing experience! We recently went to DC with our kids for Spring Break and did the public White House tour. I wish we could’ve had the opportunity to actually see Obama in person.

  6. anna pry

    how exciting! love your outfit too

  7. Wendi Scharrer

    Wow! What an experience!! You looked great by the way! 🙂

  8. Carrie M

    I am amazed you had such a cool experience! I’d love to be able to tell my kids a story such as yours.

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