“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?