Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kate's first POTUS "Meet & Greet"

As most of my friends and family already know, we took Kate to her first POTUS (President of the United States) “Meet & Greet” yesterday. The Obamas were in town, and without saying too much, we were invited to the event.

Unfortunately it took place during Kate’s afternoon naptime, so she was less than thrilled to be there. I’d decided to stay toward the back of the room in case I needed to make a quick exit, however, during his speech, President Obama stated that he particularly enjoys meeting the children of the U.S. Foreign Service, so I made my way to the front, with an increasingly unhappy Kate.

The Obamas were only able to “greet” the people in the front row, and by the time I was up front, they were making their way toward the other side of the room. I handed Kate a bottle and made my way past some people who were more than happy to push and shove a woman carrying a small child.

Once up front, President Obama came over, asked Kate's name, and quickly realized that she was less than happy to be there. He made a comment about her being excited to meet him. Hey, at least he has a good sense of humor. We exchanged pleasantries, he patted me on the back, shook my hand, and that was that.

I have several pictures of him right next to us, but I’m still iffy about sharing pics of Kate on a public blog, so these (pics from the side and back) are all I’m going to post here. Hope to have some additional pics to share soon.


  1. Oh my God!! that's amazing! I'm going to say this to the Ultimate Vet Hero and I'm sure she's going to be so so jealous!!
    Love, Fran

  2. That's so cool! What an awesome experience!

  3. thanks for stopping by my blog! How very exciting to have such an experience!

  4. Now that is seriously exciting. So glad you have photos as when she gets older she will probably appreciate more why her Mommy interupted her normal nap time. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  5. I find the last picture of you and Kate with Pres. Obama very endearing.

    Thank you for visiting both of my blogs, C! I appreciate it very much. I hope to get to know you more, long after the ICLW week.

    #25 & #140 ICLW

  6. Thanks for stopping my blog. It's always nice to 'meet' other Americans living abroad.

    It must have been pretty cool to do a meet and greet with President Obama. I wonder if I'd be invited if he came to Finland...

  7. p.s. Your cats moved with you?

  8. JustHeather, we adopted the cats when we moved to Ireland. We are moving again this summer and it will be their first international move. So far, it's proving to be a logistical nightmare. I should write a post about it :)

  9. Wow, how cool is that? Your daughter can boast about the time she was crabby when meeting the Pres! Cute pics:)