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Air Force One

So I got bumped from my Delta flight back from DC, when it got cancelled due to crew illness. They rebooked me on Air Force One.

That's right, the actual President of the United States was on board my flight on USAir tonight; John Kerry was in first class. Ken Blackwell be damned, I'm going to enjoy my flight on Air Force One. I even got to tell him "Thanks for everything" in the boarding line (thus getting my fan moment in with minimal disruption to his day), though his briefcase was in his hand so I couldn't ask to shake it.

Talked a little with the older woman next to me in the plane about the election and stuff... and thought about what I would have said had I had more prep time. But really, I don't have anything to say that he hasn't already heard.

The one question I'd like a straightforward answer from him about, I'm sure he couldn't answer. "President Bush gave you some assurances, in private, to secure your vote to approve action in Iraq. Did he break his word, in letter or in spirit, at the time we invaded?"

Thoughts on what else I should have asked?


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Jan. 31st, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
Gosh... I used to have a good answer to this one. Let me think. Oh yeah, I remember! I'd ask:

"Why didn't you fucking fight it!?? You broke your promise! You fucker! You said time and time again that if it's close you'll fight it! You said we'd make sure every vote was counted! Why did you lie? Was it just to pump up the base or did you honestly plan on doing it but then fucking wimped out at the end? What was it, mothah-fukkahh??!?!? Why shouldn't I kill you motha-fukkahhh!"

And then as the air marshals wrestle me to the ground I'd start screaming, "You could be president! You could be president! Red socks SUCK MONKEY COCK! SUCK--- MONKEY--- C-C-C-C-C-COCK!"
Jan. 31st, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)

dude, I never know what to say to famous people. I totally get caught up in that "anything I could say they've heard a hundred times and I don't want to be annoying" so I probalby would have just said what you did. Actually, more likely I would have clammed up and said nothing. John Kerry rocks my world.
Jan. 31st, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
Sometimes you need not say anything. Think of how you might feel if everywhere you went people were trying to talk to you. Ingrid and I were on a flight back from Colorado a few years ago with Michael Dukakis, who was admirably sitting in coach. He was swarmed with fussy fans, and seemed a bit uncomfortable with the attention. I just gave him a smile, and like to think he preferred that.

Of course, when I saw Drew Barrymore in the Hasty Pudding parade once, I also only gave a smile, but that was more because I was overwhelmed with her charm. I was probably the only person in the crowd who was not screaming and shouting fanatically, and she gave me a smile back. So maybe being quiet was more noticeable then too.
Jan. 31st, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
While I think this is true for people who didn't choose to be famous, I have to imagine that if you weren't able to tolerate people wanting to talk to you everywhere you go, both "national political figure" and "movie star" are the wrong career path.
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