OK, I didn't actually sit down and break bread with the Governor of Michigan. My company runs restaurants in Michigan, and Snyder was in for lunch at one of our places on Friday. He even had Secret Service- type guys with him, all in black with earpieces and mirror sunglasses. Our staff is mostly college-age, and we're in Ann Arbor, so none of them were exactly thrilled to see the gov. We've had our share of celebrities over the years - actors, coaches, politicians - so it wasn't really a big deal to anyone.
What was weird was how I felt as he came walking in. Remember, I don't own the place, I run it for the owner - so my job is to do what's right for the business. I don't get to make decisions based on my personal politics. But before he arrived I was thinking about all the things I'd like to say to him. Maybe I'd ask him how he's able to sleep at night while he does everything in his power to ruin the state I love, to de-fund organizations that care for the weak & the poor, to give huge breaks to big business, then cut funds to schools and to the state police. I'd ask how can he enjoy his lunch while working to increase taxes on the poor and the elderly, to break the unions, to cut unemployment benefits, to take power away from the people who elected him?
So he comes walking in. I smile and say good morning. He chirps back "hi." And sits down for lunch. God damn.