Today at work, we had the opportunity to listen to the former president. I'm not going to type out any names because I recently learned about "google alerts" and got really freaked out so I don't want special agencies confiscating my blog - although I have only good things to say.
The program lasted about 20 minutes and it was open to about 300 employees. The presentation was awesome, he was ready to go golfing, so he was all decked out in khakis, tennis shoes and sweater with sleeves rolled up. He mainly spoke about how freedom should be available to everybody as a God-given right and nobody should take freedom away from others. He also spoke about the power of prayer, adjustments to "not being in office" and a book he's writing about the 12 most difficult decisions he's had to make while in office.
As I sat and listened to this powerful man, all I could think about was how grateful I was that the owners and leaders of our company had extended this opportunity (for many a "once in a lifetime" opportunity) to the masses and had not selfishly reserved it for an elite group of company leaders.
The environment was so relaxed! We were there in the same room with him and all his entourage. He was funny, realistic, positive and normal. It's times like these that help us realize that regardless of the power that an individual holds, deep down, they are human beings just like us. We have to remember this, because just like us, they have ups and downs, they make mistakes and learn from them.
Sorry I have no pictures - I thought security was going to be so extreme that I left everything (including cell phone) in the car. Come to find out that pictures were allowed...