In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that everyone takes it easy (kind of like it is here on Sanibel). I found this great meme on several blogs that I read and it looked like fun--so here goes. I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. Then when you've answered my question, go on over to An Island Life for other fun Aloha Friday questions and to play along!
My question is:
How many US Presidents have you seen in person?
I have seen 4 that I remember. The first one was President Eisenhower. Admittedly he wasn't president anymore but I still saw him. My roommate and I were in Gettysburg at a gift shop which overlooked the Eisenhower farm. The lady who owned the shop told us to stand by a certain window because her husband, who was Ike's driver, had just gone to get him. And sure enough, he drove right by us.
The second one was John F. Kennedy. I'm not totally sure I saw him but I think I did. We were on the sidewalk outside of the White House and saw two men in suits walking near the Oval Office. I'm pretty sure one of the men was JFK.
The third was Gerald Ford. He was campaigning in Findlay and gave a speech from the steps of the Elks Club. When he made his way through the crowd, he shook my son's hand.
The fourth was when Bill Clinton ran for his second term. He and Chelsea were campaigning from the back of a train and they stopped in Bowling Green, Ohio where he spoke. My friend and I had chosen a really good spot to stand in until all of the press corp got in front of us. Believe it or not, Brit Hume came by and offered to take our cameras and get better pictures than what we could get. Obviously we let him. So there you are. Who have you seen in person?