The day I met the President of the United States, it was truly a celebration event, he spoke for an hour, no teleprompter, no prepared notes, and what he said that day naturally connected with everyone at the Armory in Manchester New Hampshire. The president was so near, I could look into his eyes, what I saw was the awesome responsibility of the office; can you imagine having the responsibility for an entire nation.
That day he created a genuine kinship with everyone there, everyone listening and everyone seeing a genuine leader. The same President of the United States, the same man the news media brought to trial, judged, and finally convicted.
We often forget the media’s responsibility to society is to report the news, not create it. When the power of the media abuses our nation’s reality for political reason, the entire nation suffers and pays the price. When the news media became the supermarket tabloid, their credibility, became lost forever.
That day when the President of The United States’ approached me, he asked me how he was doing. So impressed by his question, all I could say was “fantastic Mr. President!” Can you imagine a son of an Italian immigrant meeting the President of the United States, with my cell phone in hand; I dialed my Mom and shared the moment with her. On October 5th, 2002, the President of the United States autographed my Presidential Event entry ticket. Today this autograph is still one of my most cherished possessions.