That's right, folks. The former president of the United States visited little ol' Bend, OR last Monday. I am far from a Clinton fan (any of them), however, the opportunity to see a former president was something I felt I shouldn't pass up (plus, I knew the crazies would all come out - I was not disappointed). He was scheduled to speak at 5pm, so I lined up with Noel at 415 - very far from the front of the line.
Noel showing her patriotic side. It was incredibly cold (but the laughter kept me warm & fuzzy inside).
After standing outside for 45 minutes before the line began to move, and then another 40 minutes inching towards the doors, we finally made it inside. Jimmy had a few interesting encounters along the way. A man selling "Vote Hillary for President" T-shirts was very upset when Jimmy said, "Shouldn't the H be a B?" (The man responded in a scathingly accusational tone, "You sound like a Republican.") A little bit later, an older woman was bobbing about the front of the line telling us to have our bags & purses ready & open to be checked. I asked her a question and she responded that she didn't know, she wasn't official...just waiting for her family. She then got up in Jimmy's face & began to excitedly cheer, "Just vote for Hillary! Hillary's the best! We need a woman president! I mean, just think about it: all the greatest queens of England..." Yes. She did. I had to bite my tongue to keep from reminding her that all of the greatest presidents of America have been men - or that all of the worse queens of England were women, for that matter.
Jasper & Jimmy show their excitement on getting inside.
And here he is, the former Mr. President, Bill Clinton.