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« Reply #50 on: June 26, 2019, 12:36:36 pm »
« edited: June 26, 2019, 12:40:21 pm by Del Tachi »

Only the big, big names:

Donald Trump (met at RNC headquarters, 2016)
Barack Obama (attended SOTU, 2012 and met at the White House, 2013)
Jimmy Carter (met at Plains Baptist Church, 2018)
Joe Biden (met on the floor of the U.S. Senate, 2012)
John Kerry (met on the floor of the U.S. Senate, 2011 and met as U.S. Secretary of State, 2013)
John McCain (met on the floor of the U.S. Senate, 2011)
Marco Rubio (met on the floor of the U.S. Senate, 2011)

I've met with a lot of Mississippi politicians - but the only notable ones are Cochran, Wicker and Barbour.

Wow--- that's a pretty big list of some major known heavy hitters esp between '11 > '16 !

Looks like some pretty good resume material if you are an Op, Lobbyist, or directly involved in the world of Washington Politics....

The '11/'12 experience indicates a certain background....

Personally, the most impressive item on that list was meeting Jimmy Carter in '18 considering how many folks wait in line just for the opportunity to hear him speak....

https://www.ajc.com/news/what-takes-see-jimmy-carter-teach-sunday-school-plains/e5Tw1LDvnAspvr1fY2OCbL/



Attending Carter's Bible study was definitely the most intimate of these occasions.  It was a short lesson (maybe only 20-25 minutes), but President and Mrs. Carter were extremely gracious with and chatted with all the guests afterwards.  We arrived from Athens the night before and got to the church (with lots of coffee) at 4:00 a.m.

The Trump meeting was interesting, but pretty uneventful.  I was doing some low-level staffing for Republican Senator who was meeting with him and Republican leadership at the RNC that day.  My job was to pretty much to carry briefing books and get coffee.  I didn't even get to do the whole "[Shakes hands]Hi my name is..." thing with Trump, but I did get to see him interact with other politicians in a no-media type of environment, which I guess is a pretty rare insight.
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« Reply #51 on: June 26, 2019, 02:24:03 pm »

Howard Dean
Gavin Newsom
Jerry Brown
Ro Khanna
Mike Honda
Ami Bera
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« Reply #52 on: June 26, 2019, 02:39:41 pm »

Bob Dole

Seen Obama in person but never met him
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« Reply #53 on: June 26, 2019, 03:05:59 pm »

Tim Walz
Amy Klobuchar
Keith Ellison
Al Franken, including outside of a political event (sucks that anecdote is kind of ruined now)

A lot more if including ones I saw in person but didn't speak to or shake hands.
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« Reply #54 on: June 26, 2019, 04:30:18 pm »

Not a lot of national names....but....

Connecticut House of Reps Minority Leader Themis Klarides
Former (and maybe future) candidate for CT Governor Bob Stefanowski
Col. (and former Congressman) Allen West
Senator Marco Rubio (I think)

...not too many, but heh
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« Reply #55 on: June 26, 2019, 05:46:34 pm »

Deval Patrick, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern.
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« Reply #56 on: June 27, 2019, 12:07:13 am »

Tom Cotton, once or twice. Not very impressive one-one-one, honestly.

My mother was friends with DNC Chair John Bailey’s son in the nineties. Not sure if that counts for much, but lots of interesting stories.
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« Reply #57 on: August 13, 2019, 12:11:08 am »

Rudy Giuliani (shook hands)
Chuck Schumer (saw at a public event)
Tung Chee Hwa (spoke to briefly)
Eliot Spitzer (saw on street while driving)
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« Reply #58 on: August 13, 2019, 12:18:49 pm »

Hmmm, not too many.

--In person
Walter Mondale
Rudolph Scharping (former SPD candidate for German chancellor)
Hans Blix (after his retirement)

--if you include extended snail-mail or email correspondence:
Kent Conrad, as ND Senator
Barack Obama, as Senator of Illinois

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« Reply #59 on: August 13, 2019, 01:48:18 pm »
« Edited: August 13, 2019, 01:52:03 pm by Badger »

If we include shaking hands, Geraldine Ferraro the day before the 1984 election. I told her oh, I know you've heard this a lot since the debate, but kick their ass! She gave a kind oh, but in retrospect obviously forced, laugh and said oh we will. Very brave of her since she knew what the numbers were.

Gary Hart during his incipient 1988 presidential campaign when he visited the rainbow kitchen, a famous Food Bank, serving Pittsburgh.

Bill Clinton a few weeks before the 1992 election. While shaking his hand I told him that he had inspired me to use my law degree once I graduate to help Society. And I swear to God he gave the stereotypical Darrell Hammond impression of a thumbs up plus nodding his head while sticking his tongue out and biting it. He really does that!

I met Dennis kucinich when he was running for president in 2008, when he came to host our small rural Ohio County Democratic Jefferson Jackson Day breakfast. Oh my goodness he is Tiny. And yes, his wife is that gorgeous.

I met then Governor Ted Strickland when he came to our County Democratic dinner. Oh, and another year I similarly met then candidate for attorney general Richard cordray.

Briefly met one-on-one then State AG, now Governor Mike dewine, at the small County prosecutor's office I was working at at the time. When he asked where I'd gone to undergraduate, I told him oh, and he shared that one of his daughters had attended that's small liberal arts colleges well. When I asked what she was doing with herself nowadays his face grew quite grim and he told me she had died. I could have shrunk into a hole at that point.
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« Reply #60 on: August 14, 2019, 10:22:38 pm »

Roland Burris
Durbin
Blago, during his 2006 campaign
My state rep
Illinois GOP house leader

Durbin and Blago were both incredibly impressive from a campaigning perspective.  They were super likeable, and you walked away thinking "damn, he's at least a normal person who I'd have a beer with".  Unfortunately, that doesn't make one a good governor, but I have to give credit where its due.

Met Burris and Durbin at the same event, and what a contrast it was.  Burris was a buffoon - you could tell even Durbin was embarrased every time he spoke.  Cringeworthy.
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« Reply #61 on: August 14, 2019, 10:51:48 pm »

Only counting ones I have gotten a 1x1 or small group picture with:

Have run for president-
Scott Walker
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
Rick Santorum
Rick Perry
Rand Paul
Ben Carson
Carly Fiorina
Jim Gilmore
Newt Gingrich
Austin Petersen (I guess, technically)

Governors, Senators, Reps:
Bill Lee
Bill Haslam
Marsha Blackburn
Lamar Alexander
Bob Corker
Jim Jordan
Mark Green
Diane Black
Jason Smith
Allen West
Joe Walsh

Other Notable Figures:
Ben Shapiro
Reince Priebus
John Bolton
Kelli Ward
David French
Art Laffer
Jesse Watters
Ken Bone (a reference everyone got when I took the picture in early 2017, but one that will probably be forgotten by time)
Katie Pavlich
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« Reply #62 on: August 14, 2019, 11:50:09 pm »

If we include shaking hands, Geraldine Ferraro the day before the 1984 election. I told her oh, I know you've heard this a lot since the debate, but kick their ass! She gave a kind oh, but in retrospect obviously forced, laugh and said oh we will. Very brave of her since she knew what the numbers were.

Gary Hart during his incipient 1988 presidential campaign when he visited the rainbow kitchen, a famous Food Bank, serving Pittsburgh.

Bill Clinton a few weeks before the 1992 election. While shaking his hand I told him that he had inspired me to use my law degree once I graduate to help Society. And I swear to God he gave the stereotypical Darrell Hammond impression of a thumbs up plus nodding his head while sticking his tongue out and biting it. He really does that!

I met Dennis kucinich when he was running for president in 2008, when he came to host our small rural Ohio County Democratic Jefferson Jackson Day breakfast. Oh my goodness he is Tiny. And yes, his wife is that gorgeous.

I met then Governor Ted Strickland when he came to our County Democratic dinner. Oh, and another year I similarly met then candidate for attorney general Richard cordray.

Briefly met one-on-one then State AG, now Governor Mike dewine, at the small County prosecutor's office I was working at at the time. When he asked where I'd gone to undergraduate, I told him oh, and he shared that one of his daughters had attended that's small liberal arts colleges well. When I asked what she was doing with herself nowadays his face grew quite grim and he told me she had died. I could have shrunk into a hole at that point.
Posts like these are why I can't bring myself to hate you, Badger. That Ferraro story was cool. What an interesting list! Ditto for ExtremeRepublican.
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« Reply #63 on: August 15, 2019, 09:10:36 am »

In 2014, I saw Nick Clegg from 50 metres away. I was walking through a park and he was being interviewed there. He was Deputy Prime Minister at the time.
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« Reply #64 on: August 15, 2019, 10:03:23 am »

I got to know former Senator Jim Talent so well that he calls me by my first name.

I also met Mel Carnahan in person once, spoke with him, and I unfortunately got him confused with a similar-looking Republican politician (named Wendell Bailey).
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« Reply #65 on: August 15, 2019, 04:07:04 pm »

I "met" Ron Wyden at a school event on my senior year
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« Reply #66 on: August 15, 2019, 05:44:56 pm »

If we include shaking hands, Geraldine Ferraro the day before the 1984 election. I told her oh, I know you've heard this a lot since the debate, but kick their ass! She gave a kind oh, but in retrospect obviously forced, laugh and said oh we will. Very brave of her since she knew what the numbers were.

Gary Hart during his incipient 1988 presidential campaign when he visited the rainbow kitchen, a famous Food Bank, serving Pittsburgh.

Bill Clinton a few weeks before the 1992 election. While shaking his hand I told him that he had inspired me to use my law degree once I graduate to help Society. And I swear to God he gave the stereotypical Darrell Hammond impression of a thumbs up plus nodding his head while sticking his tongue out and biting it. He really does that!

I met Dennis kucinich when he was running for president in 2008, when he came to host our small rural Ohio County Democratic Jefferson Jackson Day breakfast. Oh my goodness he is Tiny. And yes, his wife is that gorgeous.

I met then Governor Ted Strickland when he came to our County Democratic dinner. Oh, and another year I similarly met then candidate for attorney general Richard cordray.

Briefly met one-on-one then State AG, now Governor Mike dewine, at the small County prosecutor's office I was working at at the time. When he asked where I'd gone to undergraduate, I told him oh, and he shared that one of his daughters had attended that's small liberal arts colleges well. When I asked what she was doing with herself nowadays his face grew quite grim and he told me she had died. I could have shrunk into a hole at that point.
Posts like these are why I can't bring myself to hate you, Badger. That Ferraro story was cool. What an interesting list! Ditto for ExtremeRepublican.

Most of mine are pretty boring photo lines at conferences/fundraisers and the like.  The only really cool story was with Rick Santorum.  I met him in college when we hosted him on campus.  This was during the 2016 primaries, right after Cruz had trounced Trump in Wisconsin.  The College Republicans executive board went out to dinner with Santorum before the event.  Someone asked him what he thought should happen in the event no one got to 1237 delegates to secure the nomination (which was something that was being very widely discussed at the time).  Without flinching, he said that they should give it to "the guy who came in second last time".

A couple others on the list, I've had brief conversations with apart from a handshake, and Mark Green randomly commented on a Facebook post of mine once, but the only story at all like Badger's was my Santorum one.
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« Reply #67 on: August 18, 2019, 08:17:43 pm »

Dutch Politicians

Since i used to be a candidate ive met a lot of local politicians but will mention the most notable

Hilbrand Nawijn (independent)Sad former Minister for Integration and Asylum Affairs,, we drank with each other and he is a chill guy altough he takes politics too seriously and he makes sexist jokes

Charlie Aptroot (VVD): My cities mayor nice guy but kinda a bureaucrat

BONUS

King: Wilem Alexander (monarchy) visited my school once



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« Reply #68 on: August 18, 2019, 08:19:30 pm »

Dutch Politicians

Since i used to be a candidate ive met a lot of local politicians but will mention the most notable

Hilbrand Nawijn (independent)Sad former Minister for Integration and Asylum Affairs,, we drank with each other and he is a chill guy altough he takes politics too seriously and he makes sexist jokes

Charlie Aptroot (VVD): My cities mayor nice guy but kinda a bureaucrat

Micheal Dukakis (D), via email i told him that he should run in 2020 as a joke... was shocked that he responded

BONUS

King: Wilem Alexander (monarchy) visited my school once



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