I guess I really shouldn’t be disappointed. After all, the man (or his people) did choose my town for a visit. I’m just bummed that it’s an invite-only visit.
Tomorrow, the Prez is coming to Savannah as part of his “White House to Main Street” tour. The last Presidential visit I remember in Savannah was when George W. Bush held a press conference at the end of the G-8 Summit in 2004. I was working as a reporter at the time and had a press pass for the conference. But I was so excited about the whole thing that I felt more like a tourist than a journalist. To prove that point, I had someone take my picture near the podium. D-O-R-K!
I got this fuzzy pic of the President speaking to reporters. Thankfully my TV station was able to capture much clearer pictures.
Well this time, I really wanted to see President Obama speak – not as a journalist, not even as a tourist, but as an unabashed FAN! I know the Dems have had a rough time of late, but that doesn’t change my admiration for Obama. I liked him even before I read his first book, but I think reading Dreams From My Father sealed the deal. I learned so much more about his background and upbringing, and believe he is very uniquely suited to serve as President. And I just like him as a person, at least the public person I see.
I guess I’m disappointed because if this is a tour to allow Obama to connect with everyday people, then shouldn’t he be speaking at a location where everyday people can hear him? I know I’m oversimplifying the logistics of a Presidential visit, but I wish I didn’t have to have an invitation to hear my President speak in my hometown.
Oh well. I’ll watch the coverage on TV like everyone else, and I’ll still be a fan. Welcome to Savannah, Mr. President!