Chatting with the president

As many of our readers and clients know, I met our current president when he was a second-year law student at Harvard University and represented his first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER.  I remember saying to him when he first came to my office to meet me (I believe he was twenty-five years old) that if there was ever to be a black president during my lifetime, I believed it would be he.  I had the distinct impression that this wasn’t the first time he had heard someone say that.

When it came to the sale of the second book, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, Obama chose to work with a D.C. agent more appropriate to represent someone who was running for office (at the time, the U.S. Senate). We continued to communicate, though, directly or through a close staffer named Reggie Love .

Fast forward to last July when, during the Democratic National Convention, the controversy involving the Khan (Gold Star) family arose and, thinking about my son, who is now an officer in the Marines, I wrote a note to Reggie asking him to convey a message to the president telling him how strongly I felt about his support of military families.  Reggie told me that he would convey my message to the President.

img_2976In response to my note, I received a handwritten letter from Barack telling me how proud he was of Zachary and inviting me to come to the White House to meet with him before he left office.

And so, on Wednesday December 7th my husband and I journeyed to Washington where we met with the President in the Oval Office and talked for about fifteen minutes – about our past, about our children, and about our future.  And as we left, he thanked me for the work I had done for him so long ago and asked that we stay in touch.

This experience was, to say the least, one of the highlights of my career.  To have been a part of this man’s professional life and career is something I am very proud of and I will remember his words always.

6 Responses to Chatting with the president

  1. C.W. Renfield says:

    A bit too elegiac; even if we have to drag through 4 years of frantic damage control with our current vaudeville lineup, there’s always Michelle on the other end, who hopefully doesn’t share her husband’s regrettable habit of expecting career jerks to step up and Do The Right Thing. Courage, and shuffle the cards******************************************************************

  2. Emmi Herman says:

    DREAMS FROM MY FATHER was the audio book I listened to years ago making the trek to Buffalo to visit my son at school. It is a beautiful read-aloud that draws masterful images of his youth and his father\’s family, made even stronger by the President\’s voice as narrator. And what validation for you to meet with the President. Congratulations, and best wishes to your courageous son.

  3. Cheyenne says:

    It’s always a pleasure to hear from someone with exesrtiep.

  4. Val Pugsley-Tischler says:

    On the day he left office, I sent a letter to President Obama thanking him for his inspiring leadership and was thrilled to get a letter back. It’s framed and on my wall. I can only imagine how amazing that must have been to meet him in person.

  5. Zahra Hankir says:

    This is incredible! It’s so heartwarming that he invited you to meet him again.

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