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My America. Your America.

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Are you a Republican? A Democrat? Maybe you’re an Independent. Maybe you’re apathetic and seem to just ignore politics and those public figures.

Are you Christian? A Jew? Athiest?

What I’m getting at is, it doesn’t matter. Regardless of your beliefs or ideals, some things are just a big deal and really cool to experience.

Yesterday, I got to do something with my children that we will never forget. It was something only a handful of people get the opportunity to do.

We greeted Air Force One and shook President Obama’s hand!

Yeah! Pretty freaking amazing!!

Have you shaken a standing president’s hand before?

Have you been [this close] to Secret Service? It’s pretty cool.

We have a lot of crap going on in the world. A lot of ills and worries. But there’s also lots and lots of cool and wonderful things. I like to focus on the wonderful. But that doesn’t mean I’m not helping or trying to help the ill or ailing as well.

We took the kids to Washington D.C. in 2010. Seeing the Smithsonian monuments and hearing all the history was a banquet of memories and emotions for the kids and us. We love history. We love this country.

I watch documentaries on presidents all the time. I have a fascination with the Kennedy’s. I modeled my wedding dress after Jackie’s gown. And then I got to see it at the Kennedy Library on our honeymoon, but only by coincidence. I didn’t plan things THAT well!

Politics and politicians can be incredibly divisive. We have a tendency of hearing things on 24 hour news channels and either wanting to believe them because they fit with our ideals, not having the energy to disbelieve because ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’, OR, wondering if everything you hear you need to take with a grain of salt.

I respect the office of the presidency of the United States of America. And whether or not you voted for that particular president that comes to your town, doesn’t matter. The president is in town! How cool is that?

We have a lot to be grateful for. I am grateful for my rights as a citizen and enjoying the freedom to shake a president’s hand, go to my church, and love who I want.

Oh, and I asked about your religion earlier because, had I met the Dalai Lama or Pope Francis, would you spew your religious inclinations my way? Your grievances with the Catholic church or Tibet? I hope not. I would hope that you can understand that it’s awesome and fabulous, and an experience that should be respected.

My kids got to do something they will tell their kids about one day.

So here you go. Our pics with the president.

Frugalista blog with Air Force One

The kids and I  pose in front of Air Force One in Seattle.


President Obama with Owen

President Obama chatting with Owen, and Emma’s head in the foreground.


The money shot and Owen shaking Obama’s hand.

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  2. So exciting! What a once in a lifetime opportunity!!!

  3. So totally psyched for you guys!!! Regardless of one’s political affiliation, it’s not about the adults, it’s about the amazing opportunity for the kids.

  4. I love, love, love this! What an amazing experience for you and the kids!

  5. Seriously, the coolest thing ever! So happy for you all… your kids especially. I mean, think of the essays they can write when school starts up again… “This summer I shook hands with President Obama and he TALKED to me!” lol. How cool is that?? I would be counting down the days for school to start just to write the summer wrap-up report 😛

  6. I always knew you were cool! Awesome!

  7. Melissa C says:

    Once in a lifetime thing most people don’t get to do! Very cool!

  8. SO COOL!!!! (Yes, I’m so excited I’m yelling!!)

    What an amazing experience!!

  9. What an amazing experience! You and your kids will remember this moment forever! My husband shook Bill Clinton’s hand in 1992 and he still brags about it! You are also totally right, no matter if you voted for him or not, meeting the President is an awesome thing!

  10. I’m so jealous. I probably would have made a complete ass of myself trying to talk to POTUS about Star Wars.

  11. How freakin’ amazing. I’m sure this is something your kids (and you) will talk about for years! I’m not sure I would be able to muster up the voice to talk…it would be more like high-pitched giggling while extending an extremely sweaty palm.

  12. Awesome!