Monday, May 12, 2008

Me and Bill


Always one for a bit of excitement ...
Look closely at the circled face on the right side of this photo. Yes, that's ME - on the wrong side of the tracks!
Sorry it's so blurry, not that it matters. I suppose you'd like to know just why I was standing in this crowd of people along the riverfront of my little town.
Well ... when I heard that former President Bill Clinton was making a stop at the museum on the river, I just had to go. I mean, it's not something that happens every day. Not around here. Ever. And while I am a registered Republican, I have my opinions of who I would like to get the Democratic nomination. So I went and joined the crowd to hear what Mr. Clinton had to say. I made friends with a mom next to me in the crowd and we talked about homeschooling! She has friends on the East coast who homeschool and she wanted to know if this area supported homeschooling. It does, in a big way, I was happy to tell her.
It was strange being there, I felt out of place because of my political party but, really, we are all just people. It's not like I had "Republican" stamped on my forehead or anything. And I agreed with a lot that was said. It was the first political rally I had ever been to and (sorry, Todd) I really enjoyed it. Must be that 8th grade cheerleader in me that I've never truly outgrown.
Tonight, I went to the local newspaper's web site and was looking at the photos and, low and behold, there I was! The rally was outside and, thankfully, it didn't rain and it wasn't too cold or windy.
So, this morning turned out quite different than I planned. And I had lots to tell the kids when I got home. Chad wanted to know if Mr. Clinton looked the same as he did when he was president (he did). We talked a bit about the presidents that have been elected since Chad was born. I might have taken my sons if they had been up and ready. It really was a last minute thing and I just happened to be ready that early in the a.m. (most unusual for me!)
A little bit of history was made for Astoria today. I believe the last time a president visited here was back in the late 1800's or early 1900's. It's about time, don't you think?

7 comments:

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

How fun Kate! I can't believe you even found your tiny little self in that picture!

Emily said...

YOU POSTED A PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am all a'flutter. :)

I understand your desire to see Slick Willy, as he IS an ex-president and all. Good call on not taking kids. My son is a huge presidential fan and would want so badly to tell him how disappointed he was in his extramarital affairs. :)

So, the big hub-bub in Astoria was Mr. Clinton, eh? oh wait, I've been there. That sounds VERY exciting.

Cate said...

Wow - the girl posted a pic - I'm thrilled!! :-)

Glad you had a great birthday too - I personally want to see the pic of you in the tiara!

chickadee said...

i always wondered if i would want to meet bill clinton even if he was in my neighborhood. i did meet him when he was governor. i didn't like him then either.

Mama Self said...

NO WAY! I was at a friend's house in NC less than a week before we moved to CO, and she invited me to hear him, as he was going to be in town. I didn't want to, but the my husband said I should with the friend and should take our 14 and 15 year olds. It did feel awkward (not being a democrat), but the kids and I spent a lot of time talking about statistics, propaganda, charisma, and the books they had been reading (Sir Thomas Moore's Utopia, The Prince by Machiavelli, and Aristotle's Republic). It's hard to know how far and when to let your kids into the political agendas of others, but I now believe that it goes better when you can guide them through it by the hand and by logic.

Mama Self said...

PS And with lots of prayer and Scripture!!! :)

jugglingpaynes said...

Very cool Kate! How exciting, both the photo and the reason you were there!

Peace and Laughter,
Cristina