January 15, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen: The President of The United States

It's not every day that you get to see the President of the United States. 

Since living in North Carolina, I have had the privilege to see the President's Motorcade pass by twice.  Once, while I was a student at North Carolina State University and once as an employee at Cheminova. The President was in Raleigh today visiting Vacon in Research Triangle Park, and North Carolina State University to speak about the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute that will invest in manufacturing technology.

Even though I may not agree with all of the President's beliefs and decisions, President Barack Obama is still a human being, just like the rest of us.  He makes good decisions and bad decisions, he has a family that he loves dearly, and most of all, he is doing something that he is passionate about.  I enjoy political banter just like the rest of you, but when it comes to saying disrespectful and hateful things about the President of the United States, I just can't do it.

The President is in a position that most of us wouldn't take in a million years.  Just watching him age from his election in 2008 until now isn't worth the job.  He has lost so much valuable "family" time with his wife and girls, but he has chosen to be in office because he loves and is passionate about what he does.  

What's wrong with that? You, me, hopefully, everyone is doing something that they are passionate about.  If you aren't, my advice is that you stop immediately because you aren't making life better for you or those around you.  

So, today was a different day at work. Right around 11:35 am and 12:30 pm, a group of my coworkers and I were huddled into one of the vice presidents' offices (of our company) watching the Presidential motorcade pass by just a hundred yards away.  You know what? Every single one of my coworkers has a different view of the President and politics, but right before our very eyes, we got to see something special. There was laughing and giggling, ooo's and ahh's, and pictures being taken from our windows. Standing there and looking at my coworkers made me smile...because people, it's not every day you get to see the President of the United States drive by, right outside your window.

P.S. It's kinda cool that he pretends to be a Wolfpack fan too!  Go Pack...Beat Wake!