The Wave: My Once-in-a-lifetime Run-in with Barack Obama

This past weekend, we went on a "babymoon" with our friends Liz and Nate to catch a Kansas City Chiefs/Tennessee Titans football game. (Liz is expecting a baby girl in January). After checking out the Crown Center and the College Basketball Experience, we were navigating downtown Kansas City to get to our hotel. We noticed droves of people lining up to get into Liberty Park, and after staring at them for some time, we realized they were all wearing Barack Obama gear. We quickly figured out Barack Obama was having a rally.

We continued on to the hotel, only to almost get run over by speeding police cars. Why? We soon realized that it was Obama's motorcade whizzing around the city. So we pulled up to our hotel, and the valet was nowhere to be found. And then we notice a crowd gathered at the neighboring hotel, and suddenly they started cheering. Then it all clicked, Barack Obama was getting in to his vehicle.

So I immediately bail out of the car, and walk up to the corner, just trying to figure out what was happening. I'm standing there with about 2 or 3 hotel workers when Obama's car pulls out and goes withing a few feet of our corner. Then, Barack Obama waves directly at us as his car slowly goes by. Needless to say, I just wasn't expecting him to be so close to us. It was really neat.

Despite all your differing political views, you can't deny that Barack Obama is a monumental candidate for president and it is pretty cool to see him up close and personal. What made it so exhilarating was the sheer coincidence of the encounter; it was a completely impromptu experience.

So, I'm still excited that I got to wave at Barack Obama, and I'll admit it was merely a celebrity encounter. I didn't get to talk energy policy or international relations, but I do feel like I had a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the man that could be our next president.

For more reporting from the football game, check out Liz's blog, which should be updated shortly with pics.

 

2 comments:

Kim said...

That is so neat! Like seeing Paris Hilton out in da club...hee hee.

Charly said...

I would be excited as well. I would be excited to see any "celebrity".


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