Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!
Not to exaggerate or anything, but today was probably the most exciting day...ever! I got to help with the luncheon that Speaker Pelosi held for the Taoiseach (pronounced tee-shuck) or Prime Minister of Ireland, Brian Cowen and President Obama. In addition to escorting the lovely Irish guests from the entrance to the reception room, I found myself in close proximity with some amazing people. On his way in, President Obama led the Speaker and Taoiseach down the hall about 2-3 yards in front of me. I got a picture just as he was lifting his hand to wave...he looked right at me!! I literally started shaking with excitement. Next thing I knew a staff member in my office had thrust a coat into my arms and said quickly "This is the Speaker's coat. I need you to take it back to the office for me." I'm going to be honest...I felt really, really cool. haha. Then after the luncheon was over we were right outside the door in the perfect spot yet again. As they exited, the Speaker pointed out to the President a staff member who was standing on the stairs behind me. Obama pointed at him and, as cool as ever, said "Yo!" Before I recovered from that (thank God I kept recording!) Vice President Biden was walking right in front of us. As he passed he looked at me (along with my friends Melanie and Evangeline), nodded, smiled and said "Hi ladies." At this point we looked at each other in complete shock and finally let out "WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!" Today I was within 2 feet of America's 3 most important government officials...UNREAL! Then on our way out of the Capitol back to the Congressional Office, my friend was eating one of the elaborate desserts (layers of chocolate mousse and whipped cream on top of each other) when we passed Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. He looked directly at her fork full of goodness and laughed.
I still have not recovered. I am SO THANKFUL that my office allows me these opportunities. Here are the links to the photos (there's only a couple) and the video. Be warned, the video has about 2 and a half minutes of very loud bagpipes before the exciting people start showing up. Just know, you will want to crank up the volume in order to hear Biden greet us. It's quiet...but definitely there!