Thanks to my good friend, Ryan Todd, I was invited to an Arkansas Supporters of Bill Reception this weekend. I had no idea that Former President Bill Clinton would be in attendance. I showed up nearly an hour late and not surprising anyone there, Former President Clinton showed up even later. For those who don’t live in Arkansas let me let you in on a little secret – Former President Bill Clinton is ALWAYS late.
In Denver I was given the opportunity to see Former President Clinton and many others, but this is the first time I’ve gotten to speak with one. About 30 minutes before he came in the room the secret service scattered themselves throughout the 3rd floor where the reception was being held. I’m not sure if the secret service came in early to scan the crowd or because that’s when Former President Clinton was scheduled to arrive. ; )
When I met Former President Clinton, he asked about my college plans and congratulated me for winning the Daniel Cayce Award. I never expected to get to tell Former President of the United States of America my plans for college. I also mentioned that I applied for a job working with the Clinton Foundation. He told me about how Chleasa was doing now and what Hillary was up to. After buttoning up his jacket to take a few pictures with us, he made his way to thank his staff.
We left the party and went to a local restaurant downtown to grab a bite to eat. When we left the restaurant we saw a small crowd gathered around across the street of the building the reception was held in. The group all had their camera phones out. Former President Clinton walked out the door and they all cheered. Instead of jumping straight into the secret service vehicle, Former President Clinton walked across the street, not surprising his secret service.
Even though it was past 10 and he had obviously had a long day, Former President Clinton was still able to see everyone. He is the most charismatic man I’ve ever met in my life. He has helped me understand that real government acknowledges the little people. He has showed that it is not easy to take the extra time, but that it is worth it because it may make someone’s day. There is a reason after all that he is Bill Clinton.