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What do you think when The President visits your city?

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

English: In January 2009, President of the United States of America, George W. Bush invited then President-Elect Barack Obama and former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for a Meeting and Lunch at The White House. Photo taken in the Oval Office at The White House. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama visited and I thought, okay, I’m just too tired to think much about it. I wish I had more energy. But because I teach middle schoolers and work until I can’t stand anymore, I couldn’t feel the excitement I’d normally feel when The President visits our city.

How do you react when The President visits your city?

With Charlie Crist as guest, President Obama raises cash in Miami, chats with Cuban dissidents – Florida – MiamiHerald.com.

9 thoughts on “What do you think when The President visits your city?

    • I know. It’s so frustrating that the idea of endless lines and crowds stops us, but it does. I went to see John Kerry when he was running for president and the crowds were unbearable.

  1. I used to work in Washington, DC., right across from the White House. I don’t get excited — and never have when the present or past Pres’ paid a visit to a city I was living in at the time. Now if Neil deGrasse Tyson came to visit — you better believe I’d get excited. :D

    • Were you just over it–all the politics? I feel like people in general, Republican, Democratic, Independent, are just over it. By the way, I didn’t know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is, but now I do. Thank you for the insight.

      • Yeah, I’m over it. Over the hero worship of politicians addicted to power. I mean no disrespect towards the president, and he’s done some good, but I’m sure you know where I’m coming from. They are all pretty much cut from the same cloth.

        “After the 9/11 attacks, when President George W. Bush, in a speech aimed at distinguishing the U.S. from the Muslim fundamentalists, said, “Our God is the God who named the stars.” The problem is two-thirds of all the stars that have names, have Arabic names. I don’t think he knew this. This would confound the point that he was making.” ~Neil deGrasse Tyson

        “On God and hurricanes: “Once upon a time, people identified the god Neptune as the source of storms at sea. Today we call these storms hurricanes…. The only people who still call hurricanes acts of God are the people who write insurance forms.”

        LOL — Tyson has an incredible wit. He also has amazing awareness, and puts his money where his mouth is regarding the well being of humanity, animals and the planet.

  2. Presidents travels with an entourage reminiscent of ancient emperors and that’s a pretty close analogy. Freeway lanes are closed, police line the streets, the lives of ordinary citizens are disrupted, What do I think? I think that we never learn?

  3. When President Bush visited the base I was stationed at in South Korea some years ago, I was more frustrated than anything else…. I wasn’t a Bush supporter and was called “unpatriotic” when I failed to muster any excitement whatsoever about all the extra work we had to do to prepare for his arrival. Since I opted not to attend his speech, which was attended like a concert of screaming beside themselves teenagers just to get a glimpse of our commander in chief, I was voluntold a work assignment which was fine by me. I worked in quiet through the ordeal and when he left, I was relieved to go back to normal life and also that I would not be labeled as a bad air woman for not following the crowd.

  4. Lisa, the timing of your president’s visit to our shores could not have been better. Putting all reservations aside on a somber occassion, Obama’s eulogy to Mandela was fitting and possibly the best of hundreds given. Even though he is ‘your’ president, he made me immensely proud to be a South African.

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