Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Season Greetings from Hillary - an airport run-in...

I travel a LOT for my job. Sometimes I am flying several days a month. You know you are flying a lot when you start to recognize flight attendants, or you have a favorite eatery in every airport. Or you have a favorite Airport - Charlotte! Mrs Fields and rocking chairs : )

So I was headed to DC last week for a story. It was a few days before Christmas and everyone was in a cheery mood. ("Cheery" is not a word to usually describe the NYC airports, but during the month of December, people actually learn how to smile for a few days : ) As I waited to board my plane, I heard people call out "Hi there! Happy Holidays!" and then that famous chuckle. Yup, I knew I recognized that laugh from numerous SNL skits. Hillary Clinton.

She was calling out "Merry Christmas" and tapping away busily on her cell phone. I jumped up from my seat and called out "Secretary Clinton! May I get a quick picture with you?" She looked at me and answered "Walk with me." And so I did. I walked behind her and her 3 secret service men down the hallway of our terminal. She kept tapping away on her phone and I kept walking behind her. Eventually she stopped near an airport Christmas tree and looked up at me "will this do?" she said.

"Sure!" I answered. I pulled out my cell phone and snapped away. We took 2 - as the first one turned out dark. She patiently let me turn her around so we could avoid the glare of a window. Once I approved of the 2nd photo - I called out "looks great - thank you! Merry Christmas" and she smiled, replied "all right - Merry Christmas!" and walked away.

...that's my encounter and pic with arguably the most powerful woman in the United States.

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