Well, today was the day! I volunteered to assist the California Fuel Cell Partnership and Secret Service with the President\’s visit to West Sacramento. My job was to check in and babysit the press. Once they were checked in, they were escorted to the event room to a roped off area. Once there, they were not allowed to leave and it was our job to keep them in there.
Once everyone arrived, we were seated in the event room where we awaited Mr. Bush\’s entrance. It was all VERY exciting. Watching the Secret Service in action, doing absolutely nothing but everthing all at the same time.
Then, the President was introduced. Everyone jumped to their feet and you could see the flash of all the digital cameras in the audience. I could hear the press camera\’s behind me snapping away. The crowd roard with applause and cheers. I, of course could see NOTHING when people were standing. So I patiently waited for them all to sit down so the I could take my pictures and get a glimpse of our President.
As his speach went on, he seemed calm and at ease. I don\’t know if I heard everything he was saying because my mind kept wandering off thinking \”Oh my God, I\’m only 50 feet away from the President of the United States!\” It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Once he finished his speach, he hung out to shake the hands of those in the audience. Unfortunately for me, I had to go back to work babysitting the press. We had to be sure they didn\’t leave their box to try to get to him for photos and questions.
Kris, my boss was there too, and he was able to get a photo of He and W standing together. This is his second time meeting Mr. Bush. Damn him. Had I been able to leave my post, I would have been right there with Kris, getting my picture taken too.
All in all, it was a very exciting day. The security, the media, the protesters all an amazing experience. I took a few photos of the day… Click the link below to see them.