posted on Mar, 16 2005 @ 02:01 PM
Last night, I took my wife and children to Chicago O'Hare Airport, for their annual return to Germany for vacation.
It was a late flight (9:15pm), and I knew we should be there 2 hours earlier, to check in, and go through security. After check in, We proceeded to
the security lane, which to my surprise, was basically deserted. With one exception: a tall fellow in a overcoat, standing with his back to us.
As we got closer, this gentlemen turned around, and who was it?
That's right: Jesse Jackson himself.
I thought: This couldn't be: no cameras around; no entourage; just Jesse and one bodyguard( I assume) , who stood about 15 feet away.
We locked eyes, and then I appoached him, with my wife and kids.
"Mr. Jackson, it is a pleasure to meet you!"
"thank You", he said, " How old is your baby here?"
" 1 1/2 years", I replied
" Where are you from, son?" he asked
"Brookfield, sir" I replied, still in a rather state of shock.
" Who is he?", my nine year old asked.
"That's the guy on who's on T.V. all the time", my wife replied.
(A look of embarassment from Jesse. My wife is from Germany for what is worth, heh)
" He marched with DR. Martin Luther King, Jr.", I told my daughter, " You remember him from school?"
" Yes", she said"
" Well, Mr. Jackson, I don't want to hold you up. Nice to meet you sir, and keep up the good work"
"Nice to meet you too, son" he said.
I was in too much of a shock to say anymore. Even though I agree with only about 60% of what he stands for, He did march with King. He did go to
jail for his beliefs, and he did free the American soldiers from Serbia.
But what I noticed the most, is that when there are no cameras around, even people in the spotlight are just everyday normal Moe's, like you and