Monday, June 29, 2009

obamania

sometimes i am a little embarrassed that i (still) live with uncle bob (again).

but then i get invited to things like the congressional families picnic and it doesn't seem so bad anymore.

the congressional families picnic happens every year on the south lawn of the white house. this year it was a luau theme.




one really great thing about the congressional families picnic is that there is delicious food.




another great thing about the south lawn of the white house is the spectacular view.




something else great about the congressional families picnic is that uncle bob can introduce you to joe biden. it's even better when uncle bob says, "this is my niece, frances. she's a real democrat." and joe biden says, "god bless you, sweetheart," and gives you a kiss on the cheek.




also at the congressional families picnic, you and your cousin heather can elbow your way through the crowd to say hello to michelle obama, who is 1,000 times more stunning in real life than in any photograph, and just as nice. (heather asked about her workout regimen and she said, "it's all about waking up early, you know?" but i don't really know, because i wake up early and my arms do not look like that.)



and then, in what might be the best moment of your life until now, you will get to shake hands with the president. this is how i felt when i first saw him.




but i managed to keep my cool when my big moment came, and neither drooled nor wet my pants. however, i might have dislocated my jaw with this smile.




because we are all friends on the internet, i will tell you that i teared up when i stood face-to-face with that obama. besides salt lake city mayor ralph becker (my first and true political love), i have never met someone i voted for, and it was a pretty emotional thing. i felt a real sense of solidarity. like we were in this together. (i am sure he felt it, too. right?)

some more great things about the congressional families picnic are uncle bob's hawaiin shirt and panama hat, and also the firedancers who provided a little post obama-mobbing entertainment. on any other night, firedancers probably would have been the highlight. (fire! light! joke!)

but on this particular night, they were totally outshone.

15 comments:

amelia said...

jealous. yes jealous. that's what i am.

so freaking cool!

Em said...
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Em said...

Awesome lady, congrats.

Also, It's good to see Eddie Murphy finally got some work. He looks to be a fantastic presidential body guard.

Heather said...

I am also very jealous.

And I also thought that that body guard was Eddie Murphy! Or the Ving Rhames from "Mission Impossible."

Suvi said...

you have the best life ever. i wish i had an uncle bob. my uncle works for the fire department. sigh. At least you are someone i know and love.

Popster said...

At the risk of sounding smarmy, I am going to put in a plug for "Uncle Bob." Sure, Uncle Bob (aka Senator Bennett) has vastly different political views than Frances (and Frances' parents for that matter). However, he has a heart as big as the outdoors, and always takes care of his family. This is part of the reason why Frances has opportunities like attending the Congressional Picnic. And this is why we love Uncle Bob. Yes, everyone should have an Uncle Bob.

-Popster

Kate said...

President, shmesident --- cutest dress ever, Frances! (Actually, again, very jealous and living vicarously through you.)

Barbara said...

I'm so glad you finally gave details about that pic of you and the Prez! That is tres cool. (The lei around his neck is finally explained!) Even cooler that you got to meet Biden and Mrs. Obama. Great stuff, Francine! We miss you here in SLC.

Susan said...

ooh ooh! did you get to see the new vegetable garden too? what an awesome experience - thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

Amanda said...

Well done, Frances. I wish I had an uncle Bob...

I'd love to meet the President..even though he's going down in 2012!!!!!!! You're uncle might agree ;)

I've always pictured you in D.C.--great things for you ahead, my dear :)

Amy said...

SO COOL!!!!! You are about the only person on earth who can understand how jealous I really am. I LOVE that you got to meet him! And her. How cool is that. Now can you please tell him that he needs to make my friend Doug Owens US Attorney in Utah, please? Uncle Bob may be able to help with that endeavor as well. :)

erica said...

Ahhhhhmazing. I don't know who I am more jealous about, Michelle or Obama!

Clau said...

Thanks for the candor. I teared up too...

k8 said...

wow wow WOW! good for you lady!!!

Abby said...

Can your Uncle Bob be my Uncle Bob? Just for a little while?