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Meeting President Obama – A Life Lesson for All of Us!

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Meeting President ObamaHave you ever wondered what it would be like to meet the President of the United States of America? Forget for a minute who the actual person is…just think about the position, what it means, and what it would be like for you to stand before the leader of our country and shake his hand.

This life changing experience happened recently for my 11 year old daughter and her good friend, Grayson – meeting President Obama – and though it was met by friends and family surrounding us with mostly positive responses, there was a bit of negativity that sprang from it. As is my nature and after discussing it with Colette (Grayson’s awesome mom), I found a life lesson in the whole thing and now I’m bringing it to you.

Meeting President Obama – A Life Lesson for All of Us!

The most important lesson G and I are trying to teach (pound, implore, shove, shake, whatever…into) Maggie is respect. We cannot impress upon her enough the importance of the word and all that goes with it – it’s not just a word, rather it becomes a way of life.

  • Respect your elders.
  • Respect your surroundings.
  • Respect yourself.
  • Respect your planet.
  • Respect your parents.
  • Respect.

Period.

You may not agree or even like someone or something but gosh darn it, you will respect that whomever or whatever has the same rights you do and you will not take advantage of them or it in any way.

Period.

Hopefully, I’m being clear here. The point is R E S P E C T.

It’s not always easy, this respect thing. Boy HOWDY, my child is strong willed and with a voice as loud as mine, equally big hearted, and prone to opening her mouth before processing the words properly…which can lead to some interesting happenings around here.

…you can tell that it’s a really hard job…it’s stressful. No matter who is in the oval office, you have to respect them. The best part of the whole experience was just actually getting to see and meet the President of the United States of America…with Grayson, that was cool. – Maggie H., age 11

Meeting President Obama – A Life Lesson for All of Us!

So recently, my (strong willed/big hearted/prone to speaking her mind) 11 year old received the opportunity to meet the President of the United States. I’m not going to give you all the details of how it shook out here; I did that in my video letter to President Obama – which I’m posting later today. Meeting President Obama

As it turns out, over the last few years, Maggie has grown a bit disenchanted with President Obama but when pressed about this, is not easily able to articulate why.

I know why. I believe it has something to do with massive amounts of media coverage that often spreads half-truths, misinformation, and a ton a rhetoric around for all of us to take from it what we can to pick through, logistically and sensibly.

At 11, this can be a difficult task. Heck, at 42 it’s not always easy, either. My point here is that Maggie is not well schooled in every issue happening in our country, nor does she know every detail going on behind closed doors in that big white house on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Neither do you. But I digress.

Please Note: This isn’t a political post, nor shall I make it so; though I will state for (whatever) the record that I believe President Obama inherited some messes, has made some messes, and has done a good job cleaning up some messes. He is one man, working with a whole plethora (too many) of people who dislike him, each other, and may or may not have their own agenda when lending their voice to important decisions.

Meeting President Obama – A Life Lesson for All of Us!

Once it became clear that Maggie and Grayson were actually going to have the chance to see President Obama (meeting him wasn’t known yet) liking him or not, didn’t matter. To be in the presence of the leader of our country was simply an honor.

…it was very exciting and a little overwhelming, it’s not every day  that you get to meet the President. Everyone wanted to shake hands with him but when he came over to us, I was nervous. It made me think of going into the voting booth with my mom…how important our votes really are. It makes me want to try harder to understand what he stands for and how he really impacts me as the President. – Grayson S. age 11

Meeting President ObamaAnd I know my kid. Respecting him, his position, and all that he stands for, (for us, the people) was never in doubt.

As the day unfolded, I Facebooked little updates on the progress of the girls and their journey through it. Incredibly excited, they checked in regularly and sent pictures along the way, which I promptly shared to social media (no apologies, I was excited too).

And finally it happened. The speeches were done and suddenly the Big Man himself was standing in front of two young girls from Portland, Maine, shaking their hands and telling them how nice it was to meet them.

Respectfully, they replied in kind.

Meeting President Obama – A Life Lesson for All of Us!

I’m not here to share with you ALL that it meant for them, that. Again, the video to our President more than explains it and you may watch that right here.

I shared one of the photos with my other daughter, who then shared it with a co-worker. The co-worker responded with a dig about me as a mother, for allowing Grayson to meet President Obama. WHAT? How did this amazing opportunity to meet a world leader become a parenting faux pas on my part, simply because this woman doesn’t agree with him politically… Colette S., Grayson’s Awsome Mom

The lesson here is one of respect and I hope it’s been scattered throughout, but if you’ve missed it, no worries. I’m about to sum it up nice and sweet…

Bottom Line?

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you believe, your party affiliation, or whether you like or dislike our current President. He is the leader of this country and we are the people. What are we if we are teaching our children to disrespect the person who leads us? Who are we? How can we go forward as these United States?

Rather than remain divided, something we’ve done to ourselves – after years and years of continuous separation because this one didn’t like what that one said or did or (whatever), why can’t we all try to work toward coming together and working together to make this country great again?

This is America. We are the United States.

And we would do darn well to start acting like it.

Meeting President Obama Meeting President ObamaWith respect to our President, his position, our fellow citizens, and the children we are raising who will carry on with their own and on and on after we are long gone.

 

As we teach Mags: you don’t have to agree, but you do have to respect; and through compromise you learn better understanding of another’s beliefs. Though it isn’t always that simple, once you get into the habit, it does become a factual and very sensible way of life – a true way, filled with many blessings and happiness all the way around.

~ Cheers

Sandra Lynn Writes @ Informed Sharing

 

Would You Care to Meet President Obama?


You may be interested to discover that from that meeting, my kiddo has changed her mind (as kids often do) once again (about liking President Obama) and this isn’t just because she got to meet him. She and Grayson listened to all the speakers that night. Mags came home with questions and comments and a better understanding of what it means to be a good citizen and to get out there and vote.

If the OTHER lesson to be learned here from this whole LIFE CHANGING experience is that she and her friend will forever know the importance of their civic duty as PROUD Americans, then thank you, President Obama and all the other speakers in attendance, October 30, 2014. Ya done did good!

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6 thoughts on “Meeting President Obama – A Life Lesson for All of Us!

  1. What an awesome experience! I took your poll and was surprised that I was in the only 23% who would want to meet the president. Everything you said on your blog and in your video is how I feel. No matter your opinion of how the president is doing or which party you affiliate with, I would think it’s really a matter of being able to meet the most powerful person in the world and someone who truly does have the hardest job. Being from LA, meeting celebrities doesn’t seem that big of a deal to me. But when it’s someone like the President of the United States, man! That’s history right there! I’m so glad Maggie and Grayson had the opportunity and the fortitude to to do this. Something to be able to tell their children and grandchildren for sure! Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job of raising that kiddo!

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