Saturday, August 4, 2012

I Had To Do It

'Blog etiquette' says that you shouldn't post political views on your blog, and I will just say now, that this isn't what this post is about.  It's only about having the opportunity to see the President of the United States this week, and I just felt that I couldn't pass it up.

President Obama's new campaign office opened up right across from where I work, and they were giving away tickets to an event he was speaking at in the county where I live on Thursday, which is my day off.   Even though I live relatively close to Washington DC, my chances of  ever seeing the President are not that great, so I attended.  
I have to admit it took a lot time--I waited in line after work on Tuesday to get my ticket.  Then I waited in the searing heat to get into the event that had crushing crowds. Then I got home late on a night where I have to get up early the next morning--I don't know that I would do it again, but this time, I'm glad I did.      

32 comments:

Anns Art said...

Going on the photos you got quite close then...

Mom of M&Ms said...

regardless of political views there is ( or should be) respect for the office of President of the United States... and an honor to see, no matter who holds the position.. This is a great country...

and ya know what else?? It is your life and your blog.. and you are an American! Go to what ya want, an dpost what ya like... you have the freedom to do so!

Love ya!!!

S. J. Qualls said...

Not talking politics here.

I like the man, I would be happy to meet him, listen to him speak and have him for a neighbor.

You got some very nice shots there, Girl!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Catching up on our blog reading. You've been busy ... but also having lots of fun. It's good that you're able to spend some time with your brother. Todd continues to be TODD, Golden Laughs. Well hope President Obama's delivers a good message. Happy Weekend. Lots of Golden ALOHA n Woofs, Sugar

TexWisGirl said...

that's awesome! glad you went!

Karine said...

I'm so glad you made it, it looks like you either have a great zoom on your camera or that you got up close and personal! What a great experience for you!

Lori Skoog said...

I would love to have been there with you and would have been more than happy to stand in line.

Sue said...

Sometimes I think of starting another blog where I can talk all the no no's... politics, sex and whatever else pops into my head.

Great photos.
Sue

George The Lad said...

Hi thanks for sniffing me out and the follow :) I'm following you back so we can get the know each other.
You did good to get that close to the President, maybe one day I might see the Queen!
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Inger said...

I like our president because I feel he has a good heart and cares about this country. I would have stood in line too. I'm glad you got a chance to hear him speak. I have not been around the blogs a lot lately, so I caught up on your latest about Annie and Todd. How funny! No need for toe nail clippers then? As for politics, I think you can write about whatever you want on your blog. I listen to TV and sometimes get so darned mad about some political issue or other, but I make a conscious decision to not include it on my blog. I just want a nice peaceful blog. But I will speak out if something happens that really gets to me.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

These are great photos of our president. You were so fortunate to get all these fantastic and clear picture. How exciting to get that close to our president.

Sam said...

Sometimes you have to do things just for the sake of doing them - how often do you get to say you attended a speaking event from the President?

Sam

Jim said...

YES! You did post about about! Albeit you held back I am sure!
I would have stood in line too and I am not an American. I so respect what this man thinks and I do hope he will get re-elected, as since we in Canada are so close to the U.S. in so many ways, what `happens`there in all likelihood will happen here!
So good on you Kim for telling us about it...sort of!

scotsmad said...

We had a friend who loathed Richard Nixon, but shook his hand one day...stating that it was the office.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Barbara said...

I'm with you - regardless of your party, seeing the President is a very cool thing!!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Quite khool!

No complaints - or khomplaints - from here!

When I was in 5th grade, our class trip was to Washington - I snagged a picture of Senator Edward Kennedy getting into his car as we walked by on the curb - so you KNOW I was very close!

Thanks for sharing your awesome special day with us!

Of course, if you had gone to see the other one I'd be shaking my head and making THAT face ;-)

RiverBend Farm said...

I think I probably would have liked to say that I went and saw a president but probably wouldn't do it...that's just me.

Jo's World said...

He is a President I am very proud of and I will vote for him again.

Lucky you, to hear him speak.

Jo

Homer said...

That's quite an experience. How did you manage to get so close to the President?

Love,
Homer

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

That's great! If you hadn't gone you would forever have said "I should have...". :-) Happy to hear you had a nice time regardless of the lines, heat and in late/up early. Happy Sunday!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Great job...shall we call you a super sleuth now?...:)JP

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Kim!
Yeaaaa you got to see the president!
We think its so cool that you decided to go. It must have been thrilling and we wish we could have gone too!
What great photos, and you captured a moment in history!
love
tweedles

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

What a wonderful experience! And you sure earned it, standing out for hours in that heat. The closest mama has come to seeing any President in person has been when the Secret Service locks down the streets in anticipation of a Presidential motorcade and mama's gotten stuck waiting for it to whizz by at a high rate of speed. Hope you enjoyed it. Is he even better speaking in person than on tv?

Jed & Abby - well, mostly mama

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Being Canadian, we understand how important it is to see the people that are making historical changes. Our country is so spread out, that it's rare to see anyone famous.

It's your blog, and you get to write whatever you wish. I applaud your determination to go to the event, the heat, the wait, and having to go to work the next day must not have made it any easier to get there.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Leslie said...

You got some great shots!!! It is pretty cool that you were able to see the president of the united states ~ no matter which party they represent. Have a great new week.

sophie...^5 said...

Perfect decision...this President is special and his legacy will prove this. Now is there anyway we could make him the President of Canada too? Harper needs to vacate his position pronto...looooong story there!

Angus said...

Well done .

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Would have done the same for the chance to see the President. You can always catch up on resting during the weekend, right? It does look like you were fairly close or had a great zoom.

Sweet William The Scot said...

Glad you went Kim. To many people ignore the issues and don't educate themselves. Knowledge makes for a better vote no matter what side you stand on.
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot

megan blogs said...

I also don't like to discuss politics on my blog. As others have said, the prez is the prez, and you can at least respect the office, even if you're not overly fond of every occupant.

DH and i spent a few days in DC on our honeymoon. We watched as two helicopters landed on the White House lawn and knew from the cloud of Secret Service men that the President got in the first one. It took off and flew over us. We waved as it went overhead, and we saw a hand wave back, surrounded by a crisp, white cuff, dark color suit, and a cufflink. DH and i both wanted to believe it was President Reagan waving to us. Even if it were just a Secret Service agent waving on the prez's behalf, we still found it thrilling.

I also stood in line for quite a while with two friends to have former president Jimmy Carter autograph one of his books for me. Another thrilling moment.

megan

thecrazysheeplady said...

Good for you!

KB said...

Not only did you get to see the President, but you were very close, based on those photos! It must have been a special experience.