When I met President Clinton!


We were living in Little Rock AR. My son was born there in 1990. On November 3rd, 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president. In December, I was at the mall, shopping for Christmas presents. I was holding my son in my right arm and bags of presents in my left arm. I saw a throng of people standing outside of a store in the mall. I asked one of them what was going on. They answered that President (Elect) Clinton was inside. I asked if the store was closed to everyone, and the person said “No, it’s a public place, they can’t close it to the rest of us.” I decided right then and there I was going to congratulate him and wish him luck! So I marched into the store, making a beeline for President Clinton. I saw the secret service men rustle, but no one stopped me. I walked up to him, my son in one arm and shopping bags in the other, he gave me a dazzling smile, ready to pour on the charm, but at the last instant he remembered he had just been elected president and toned it down. I shook his hand, congratulated him, and told him how happy we were that he was the president and I wished him the best of luck at the White House. He beamed at me again, and even pinched my son’s cheek. And then I turned around and walked out and went home and told my husband very excitedly about the whole encounter. Oh if only they had as ubiquitous cell phones as they do today, back then, I might have gotten a picture of that fun little moment in my life.

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