If you followed me on Trip Advisor or if we know eachother in person, you are aware that I have had some wonderful, educational encounters with a few presidents. In some parts, thanks to my highly visible father. Then again, my gregarious
self has been able to connect in real life. It is only online that I have problems connecting with people....haha.
Bill Clinton: My biggest connection to the world of politics.
The very first time I met then governor
Bill Clinton was in the bathroom of Ashley's restaurant at the historic Capitol Hotel in downtown Little Rock. It was the first encounter that would end up changing my life in a handful of ways.
Whle in high school I started working at a local
Little Rock radio station. I had the duty of attending the governor's press conferences on a regular basis.
During those early years I then got to know some of the family and even dated a relative.
It was because of a Clinton
family member that I was suppose to meet in Miami on the 25th of January more than a score ago that I ended up meeting my wife. My chance encounter with the woman who would spend a significant part of my life with me was all because of a Clinton family
member and Pepsi. Why Pepsi? Now there is a story that I only share over a cup of coffee.
I learned a lot from Governor Bill Clinton. I also knew more about his life and affairs than many when he ran for president.
Reagan: Thanks to my dad I got to spend time with him
The carisma of Ronald Reagan was as powerful as the style and warmth of Bill Clinton. For fear of sounding simple, both had the most amazing presidential persona. Mind you, my
first meeting with Reagan and Clinton were before they became president.
I was very young at the time, but to this day I remember how warm, comfortable, and impressive I felt in fronbt of Reagan.
The story Reagan shared with our group
that first time we were together still resides in the back of my brain. The story was about a polititian and pigeons. The moral of the story was to find the common ground with your consituants and listen to what they have to say.
George Bush: It is a Dallas thing y'all
My encounters and meetings with Bush steem from my time at SMU in Dallas and my continued involvement with the school.
If you are ever
in Dallas you may run into the former president on campus or at a local restaurant. It is at his favorite local restaurant, Rise, where my fun story occurs. Well, you may not think it is fun, but I do....so there...haha.
I'm a regular at
Rise because my daughter loves the restaurant. While seated waiting for lunch one day in March I asked the waitress if she had waited on the president, yet. She said no, but then shared that the table where we were seated was where he frequented.
Imagine 4 old world school desks with a flip up storage area for books and school supplies. I opened my desk and saw a variety of nice notes to the president. Laura would then sit where my wife was seated and Rice, when she was in
town sat across from Laura. On the shelf there were a series of books that had been writen by the trio. Now, if you sit at the table you will also see my wifes book sharing the shelf.
I have many more fun stories about the three I
listed above and I may share them in the future.