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  •  As a former news reporter/photographer (15+ / 0-)

    I never had a discussion with a sitting president, but have been close to a few.

    1) First experience was as a kid, living on Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. In 1971 or '72, Richard Nixon's plane refueled at the base on his way to someplace. He did a motorcade through the base and my Dad and I went to see.

    2) Ronald Reagan. He gave his final speech before the 1984 election in Little Rock and I covered the speech for my paper. Was stuck way in the back in the photo section.

    3) George HW Bush. Same time-frame as with Reagan. As vice-president he gave a news conference in Little Rock after dedicating a new VA hospital (as I recall). Got nice close-up shots of him.

    4) Bill Clinton. With working in Arkansas in the middle 1980s, I had numerous contacts with both Clintons. One memorable time was during Clinton's governor's race in '84. He was standing outside of a local bauxite mine as the workers changed shifts, doing a handshake-and-greet. It was a rainy day, and Clinton and I stood under an awning at the gate chatting a bit while he waited to grab potential voters.

    5) More Clinton. He was a guest speaker a few years ago at the California Democratic Convention in San Jose, and I was able to get in the room as a volunteer. He also spoke a couple years ago to help Jerry Brown in his election campaign.

    As through this world I've wandered,
    I've seen lots of funny men;
    Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    Some with a fountain pen.
    -- Woody Guthrie

    by Senor Unoball on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:41:24 AM PST

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