posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 06:19 PM
I feel disgusted by the people that would attack the girl. So I will add my own personal experience to consider.
Back in 1988, as part of the Government class high school mock elections, I was forced to go to the county republican office to gather election
material and research election work (promotional material, talking points, etc.) for not only local and state elections but the presidential one as
well. I had met a state level politician and ran into him several times during different public events and eventually we had a talk to get to know one
another of a more personal level as he admired my ability to "work" both a crowd and individuals.
His big questions were how I was so adept with the public and why he kept running into me at different functions. I explained both by my acting. Much
like a politician, I have to keep my face in the public eye lest the public forget who I am. I had done plenty of time on stage to know how to be
comfortable with a crowd and small groups, how to use comedic timing and feelers to see what kind of humor appeals to the crowd. And from there it was
a more in depth conversation.
Fast forward a few weeks and I found myself invited to a republican fundraiser dinner, which was $100 a plate. Being an invited guest, mine would be
free of course. Guest of honor was then Sen Dan Qualye. As luck would have it, I had to decline due to prior engagements that night. The politician
was disappointed that I could not attend but respected that I had to honor other commitments. A few weeks later he spotted me at a campaign speech
that then VP Bush was giving and afterwards invited me over to meet the Vice President after securing his permission. It was an odd feeling to be
introduced to the Vice President as "This is the young man I was telling you about, Mr. Vice President. I would like to introduce you to ...". There
was of course a handshake and I did ask a very unprepared question of when he was out in the middle of the Pacific all alone, waiting for the sub that
came and picked him up if at that time he ever thought he would be here today on the cusp of winning the presidency. The far away look in his eyes
told me that the question had really touched and him at the moment he was thinking of that time. His reply (well as it was a personal question and
answer I will keep the exact words to myself) was essentially a no.
Back then, I was 17 and as far as I was concerned then, I had the world in my hand and could be whatever I wanted to become in life. I didn't
consider being introduced to the VP as any huge deal compared to all the other things I did and could do at that time in my life. Although I would
have liked to have met President Reagan and Nancy, not for the political aspect of it nor the "prestige" to have met a seated president. I wanted to
discuss ways and means of breaking into film as an actor. And I knew if I made a good impression that I may get his support and weight of influence.
So, I can believe the context of the question originated from the girl due to her background, perhaps not the exact wording. I actually applaud her to
be able to face Obama and ask the question and not be intimidated by having a powerful person's attention while all eyes in the crowd fell heavily on
her. I am sure in her eyes that Obama is more than just a president but a superstar of sorts. When in that position most people do become somewhat
I do have to add that much like her, Daddy Bush wasn't the first famous person I had met and certainly wasn't the last. I hope that she is able to
choose to make her life however she feels is best for her, even if like me she fades into the background and become just an ordinary person living
their life contrary to what others think you should have done.