17 November 2011
blink & you'd miss him . . .
Our brush with President Obama is over. We were a 28 hour pit stop between APEC in Hawaii & East Asia Summit in Bali. So literally, blink & you'd miss him.
We saw the motorcade on the way to school, a blur of speeding cars. So i did some shopping in the city, then i thought i'd stake out the school President Obama was
secretly obviously visiting, due to the media & police presence.
This reporter was so lovely, some sweet grandparents next to me posed for photos with her. She was even using hair spray prior to the live cross for when the motorcade came whizzing past. Ooppss, she was sneezing.
Lucky Campbell High School year 9 & 10 journalism students met with him in the library. The Federal Police were so funny on ANZAC Parade, chatting to the crowd, sitting on the curb, leaning on the fences, sending SMS on their phones & swinging their arms to stay alert - they are so NOT the Army!! The funniest thing i saw was a Kia Carnival filled with Secret Service - seriously, a Kia Carnival, they looked like a school mum in a rush. Ever heard of a Kia Carnival in a high speed chase or rocking up to stop a riot??
Then the motorcade starts up again . . .
& the helicopters circle above . . .
& there goes the President, again. He so totally waved at me!!
Off he went to Darwin & landed at the Air Force Base we used to live on. I don't miss aviation gasoline on my washing!! They're expanding the Army Barracks to include thousands of US Marines, yay, we still have property up in Darwin, so house prices will rise. The ratio of men:women in the Northern Territory is 5:1, now ladies have hunky Marines in the mix. Have you noticed that everyone in Darwin is thrilled about the base?? It's going to bring so much money to that beautiful tropical city!! We'll sell our property so we can build a home but we'd love to have held onto it, so our children can visit their home town in the future. Love Posie