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Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:12 AM

'(Prez) caught me off guard because he started asking me about being a firefighter!'

Jim: “You'd never guess you were sitting there with the President”





The day of his meal with the President, Ohio firefighter and Dinner with Barack winner Jim got an early start:

"I was very nervous. I got up and actually went and took a little walk just to get rid of some of the energy I was feeling—it was a good energy, but I just couldn't sit still. So I wanted to get up and get moving, collect my thoughts and get myself together.

"We walked two blocks to the restaurant, and that was wild because we were in the busy streets of D.C. and there are people everywhere—and we had a couple video cameras following us, so everyone was starting to look like 'Who are these people and what are they doing?'"

After walking to the restaurant, says Jim, "There was a lot of excitement. I felt like we were in the middle of the universe. Think about it: You're in this restaurant, and you know nobody is coming in, you're not going anywhere, there's a lot of protection, and it's for one guy who's coming to have a meal with you. It's a wild feeling. Our nerves were still kicking in—but I kept telling everyone, 'It's a good nervous.' I wasn't so much worried about what I would say to him, because I've watched him over the last few months and I knew deep down inside he was going to be a normal guy. Then before we knew it, they were getting us in our seats so we were all seated and ready before he got there.





"You could tell that Janet, the woman sitting next to me, was particularly excited about meeting the President. So she was listening very carefully to everything that was going on in the other room. As soon as she heard his voice, she said, 'That's him! I hear him!' That's when I realized—this is going to happen. So all four of us are sitting there, we hear him, we know he's there, but we haven't seen him yet. It was just crazy. And the next thing I knew, he was coming around the corner to welcome us, and it was just like BOOM, we were on."

Once everyone sat down to lunch, Jim says, he was ready with a question for the President:

"I had wanted to ask him about being a father, and as soon as we sat down, he started talking about Father's Day. So I turned to him and said, 'Since we're both fathers, one of my questions is how do you find time? I have two boys about the same age as your girls, and I know how demanding that can be with my job—I can't imagine how you balance it with yours.' He told us that he's lucky enough to live 'above the store,' so at any time, he can be home in a minute. He and Michelle have religiously set aside an hour and a half each day for dinner whenever he's in town—that's their thing that they do.





But then, he caught me off guard because he started asking me about being a firefighter! I wanted to know so much about him, but he was such a normal guy who just wanted to have a conversation. He turned to me and said, 'You're a firefighter, right? How long have you known you wanted to do that?' I told him I have a picture of me as a little boy wanting to be a firefighter, and he said 'Oh, so you're one of those guys!' He wanted to know all kinds of things, like how many fires I go into, how many guys do we have at your station, and I thought 'Here's the President of the United States, and he's asking me about my job—this is just so cool.' He really wanted to know!

"Thankfully, he was exactly the way I imagined he would be. Like I said, I've been watching him, and he just seems so normal, and that's exactly what he was. I wish I could have sat there for four hours and talked to him—he was just a good guy, normal. You'd never guess you were sitting there with the President."

Jim has one simple piece of advice when it comes to entering Dinner with Barack:

"Just do it! I'm still getting those emails, and you know what? It still excites me to read about it, I still want to do it! Do you think I'd get picked again?"


read: http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/jim-youd-never-guess-you-were-sitting-there-with-the-president


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Reply '(Prez) caught me off guard because he started asking me about being a firefighter!' (Original post)
bigtree Jun 2012 OP
bigtree Jun 2012 #1
tallahasseedem Jun 2012 #2
Chorophyll Jun 2012 #3
bigtree Jun 2012 #4
southernyankeebelle Jun 2012 #12
bigtree Jun 2012 #13
southernyankeebelle Jun 2012 #23
bigtree Jun 2012 #25
southernyankeebelle Jun 2012 #31
yesphan Jun 2012 #5
NYC Liberal Jun 2012 #6
bluesbassman Jun 2012 #16
Thav Jun 2012 #18
Blanks Jun 2012 #20
sakabatou Jun 2012 #22
TNLib Jun 2012 #28
tanyev Jun 2012 #39
JI7 Jun 2012 #30
DoBotherMe Jun 2012 #7
babylonsister Jun 2012 #8
Liberal_Dog Jun 2012 #9
xxqqqzme Jun 2012 #10
Caeser67 Jun 2012 #11
sufrommich Jun 2012 #14
freshwest Jun 2012 #19
SunSeeker Jun 2012 #15
denvine Jun 2012 #17
Tx4obama Jun 2012 #21
skeewee08 Jun 2012 #24
wilt the stilt Jun 2012 #26
Swede Atlanta Jun 2012 #27
bigtree Jun 2012 #29
a kennedy Jun 2012 #32
lonestarnot Jun 2012 #33
Scurrilous Jun 2012 #34
seabeyond Jun 2012 #35
goclark Jun 2012 #36
Paka Jun 2012 #37
bigtree Jun 2012 #38
Tennessee Gal Jun 2012 #40

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:29 AM

1. kick

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:34 AM

2. K&R

What an amazing experience!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:38 AM

3. How cool is this?!

Kick.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:44 AM

4. way!

ultra__

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Response to bigtree (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:44 PM

12. Wow, you bring tears to my eyes just reading about your dinner. I feel like I was sitting

 

at your table. Thanks for sharing your story.

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:48 PM

13. tears, yes

but, alas, southernyankeebelle, 'Jim' isn't me . . . he's the fine-looking fellow at the bottom of the thread. This is a post from the Obama campaign blog.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 06:58 PM

23. That's ok I still like ya any way.

 

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Response to southernyankeebelle (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 08:06 PM

25. what's not to like?

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Response to bigtree (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 09:50 PM

31. Awe shucks.

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:00 PM

5. Cool !

Lucky fella.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:05 PM

6. Romney probably would have asked how they manage to survive without servants and drivers.

K&R

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:22 PM

16. No, he probably would have said: "You don't really fight the fire, the water does, right"?

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 02:29 PM

18. Romney wouldn't sit down with average people.

Average people are beneath him and not worthy of his time.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 06:52 PM

20. Seriously laughing.

I'm not sure why that struck me as so funny.

But it did.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 06:56 PM

22. XD

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 09:01 PM

28. Romney would have showed up dressed like a firefighter then shoved their face in butter.

nt

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Response to TNLib (Reply #28)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:51 AM

39. Laughing maniacally.

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Response to NYC Liberal (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 09:08 PM

30. Romney would only show up if he could fire the guy

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:06 PM

7. Kick

Dana ; )

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:12 PM

8. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing! nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:14 PM

9. K & R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:24 PM

10. What a fantastic

experience.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:36 PM

11. Nice!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 12:49 PM

14. Great article. Wish I

was there.

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Response to sufrommich (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 05:04 PM

19. +1

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:03 PM

15. Beautiful. Thanks for the post.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 01:48 PM

17. Awesome!

I've dreamed of winning one of those contest. I picture him exactly how the Firefighter described him, just a normal guy who happens to be President of the USA. What an incredible experience.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 06:53 PM

21. K & R. Great post. n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 07:47 PM

24. Soooooo

Awesome!!!!!!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 08:08 PM

26. He's a normal guy

because he grew up and had college loans and did regular things. Repubs hate him for that.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 08:55 PM

27. RMoney can NEVER deliver this kind of story....

His "moments" will be when someone says...ok, I get it..when you become President I can screw my employees, offshore their work, not pay any taxes and offshore my profits to the Caymans...

Kewl..........that is RMoney's legacy. Is that the legacy you want?

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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #27)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 09:03 PM

29. Dinner With Romney Super-Pacs

President:

These dinners represent how we do things differently. My opponent spent this past weekend at a secretive retreat for the biggest donors to both his campaign and the super PACs that support him.



http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/i-will-be-outspent

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:03 PM

32. Loved this...

thanks for sharing.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:29 PM

33. Did he ask any union questions?

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2012, 11:54 PM

34. K & R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:00 AM

35. lovely story. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:05 AM

36. What a thrill!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 06:16 AM

37. Thank you, Jim.

Thank you for sharing that wonderful experience with all of us.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:44 AM

38. VIDEOS



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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:51 AM

40. Another wonderful story about our President!

It boggles the mind how anyone could dislike this man.

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