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Have you seen a U.S. president in person?

Asked at Dillons, 4701 W. Sixth St. on December 7, 2011

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“I saw Gerald Ford at Allen Field House and Franklin Roosevelt at a parade in Detroit.”

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“I saw Eisenhower in Pittsfield, Mass. when I was a girl. I thought he looked like my math teacher.”

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“No.”

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“No, I haven’t.”

Comments

tunahelper 2 years, 4 months ago

Slick Willie at the Flamingo in 1986!

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sunny 2 years, 4 months ago

I would prefer to see a current President behind bars. Now that would make my year!

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sunny 2 years, 4 months ago

I would prefer to see a current President behind bars. Now that would make my year!

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sunny 2 years, 4 months ago

haha hitme! I saw Bill Clinton at The Bird in East Lawrence once.

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hitme 2 years, 4 months ago

I think I saw one years ago; I was in Kenya and there was a guy living there that looked just like BHO.

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tange 2 years, 4 months ago

I got to see Clinton's motorcade snaking through Kansas City. Other than that, none in-person—only the CGI renditions generally available via televised media.

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jackpot 2 years, 4 months ago

Five. Protected four two in office, two before they were in office.

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 4 months ago

I saw Hillary, from a distance, during her first term.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 4 months ago

No, but I've seen The Queen. Long, long ago. I was with a gal named Pam!

"His sister Pam works in a shop She never stops, she's a go-getter Takes him out to look at the queen Only place that he's ever been Always shouts out something obscene Such a dirty old man... Dirty old man..." Was that McCartney or Lennon? I dunno.

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sjgreen 2 years, 4 months ago

I sat across the aisle from President Clinton, Hillary, and Chelsea at Foundry United Methodist Church in 1996. The night before that I got to shake hands with Lady Bird Johnson at a fundraiser.

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Katara 2 years, 4 months ago

Ronald Reagan in KCMO. He was there for something and our band was the band of honor to play the Hail to the Chief for him.

The Marching Cobras were there too. They were more impressive than he was.

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SOS 2 years, 4 months ago

Only the dead ones. I collect them.

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acg 2 years, 4 months ago

roflmao blueharley wins!!

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blue73harley 2 years, 4 months ago

I haven't actually seen one but I heard that they exist.

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ljreader 2 years, 4 months ago

I wanted to go see him, but I couldn't get off work early enough to make it to Texas.

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roadwarrior 2 years, 4 months ago

Clinton, when he spoke for the Dole Institute. It was a great speech and I shook his hand afterwards. He has an electric presence.

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acg 2 years, 4 months ago

Normal, I also stood where Kennedy was shot. It was surreal because I can remember so much of it from the zapruder film. The old fence that ran along the racks right by the depository was still there after all these years. Still don't think Oswald made that shot, but whateva....

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Antonym 2 years, 4 months ago

Started watching Dragnet re-runs lately and now realize that Bill Gannon and Joe Friday are a couple of first class rednecks running around blowing second hand smoke on everybody and throwing their stinky cigbutts everywhere and pretending to be so righteous. RIP wifebeater.

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xyz 2 years, 4 months ago

Nixon, when I was 3 (he shook my hand and I got his autograph); the Bushes and Quayles at the inaugural parade; and the Fords and Clintons at an event in Vail.

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Stuart Evans 2 years, 4 months ago

no, but I have stood in the places where Reagan and Kennedy were each shot.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm semi-torn about Sebelius not allowing the FDA to put Plan B pills on the shelves and allow 11 year olds to keep their fecundated ova from being implanted, but I am still pissed about the multitude of rings I have to jump through to get a functional decongestant.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 4 months ago

Adios, Bill Gannon. Condolencias a Gladys. Saludo, Colonel Potter. Tres hurras por Harry Morgan. Also played Truman, I think. Wow, No more Harry.

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My_Life 2 years, 4 months ago

Jesus trumps any president.

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Tony Kisner 2 years, 4 months ago

Saw Clinton and the P Funk all stars it was great.

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g_rock 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh and doesn't Osawatomie sound like one of those lunch meats that you really don't want to know what is in it?

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gphawk89 2 years, 4 months ago

Shook hands with Ford at a golf tournament in Colorado, but that was several years after he lost to Carter so I'm not sure that that counts. Saw Bush from afar boarding Air Force 1.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

Alf? Yeah, met him. His firm used to do my taxes. Heard it said the most significant thing he ever did was lose.

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Antonym 2 years, 4 months ago

Obama 4 more years!!!!!! It's Wednesday.

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g_rock 2 years, 4 months ago

Not really but I saw the presidential chopper buzzing about when I was in Washington DC in January 1991 a week after the Gulf War I started. Security everywhere in DC was nutty right then and I am betting that Bush I wasn't really on that helicopter.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 4 months ago

Saw Ronald Reagan while he was in Topeka at an Alf Landon recognition.

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acg 2 years, 4 months ago

I met Bill Clinton after he was President at a function in Topeka. I got to get my picture taken with him and Kathleen Sebelius who was then Gov of KS. I have met Kathleen numerous times and worked on her campaign as part of my, then, job requirements. She is an extremely nice lady but looks like a muppet in person. Bill Clinton has a charming, relaxing quality to him. He made a joke about bad banquet food but I remember his hands were uber cold.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 4 months ago

"I don't recall that about him, but his smile was creepy. Serial killer creepy." RI

I don't recall him smiling.

I'll have to go look up how tall he is. His shortness is what stuck with me. And his permy haircut he had back then.

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ShePrecedes 2 years, 4 months ago

I have met several of them. Used to get Christmas cards from Reagan every year he was in office.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 4 months ago

"He is extremely tiny and short." - T_O_B

I ate lunch with Brownback a couple of years ago at an association meeting he spoke at. I don't recall that about him, but his smile was creepy. Serial killer creepy.

I did see Ford. I think he was actually the most visible of all modern presidents, and hell, he was never actually even elected. Does he still count?

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LogicMan 2 years, 4 months ago

General Washington was impressive, except for those teeth of his.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 4 months ago

"hey, how about a Presidential wannabe? I met Pastor Brownback in 2004. He was stumping for the senate seat. I thought it was Tony Dow for a minute."

I had a press pass to KU/KSU game at Memorial. I think it was Mangino's first year. We got obliterated. Anyhow, after eating at the buffet I rode down the elevator with Brownback back to the field. He is extremely tiny and short. I didn't talk with him. I wasn't supposed to have the press pass and was just trying to blend in and be ignored.

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prospector 2 years, 4 months ago

I saw tricky Dick make the last public speech he made before he was 86'ed. I saw myself on the national news that evening.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 4 months ago

While brevity is the soul of wit, gimme a lil sumthin' babboy. Who'd ya see? And, no, Bill Snyder has never been president, although I would vote for him just to keep him out of Memorial Stadium. He might not appeal to the masses, though, as he comes across a bit w**den.

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Agnostick 2 years, 4 months ago

Bill Clinton. Washington, D.C. 1996. Shook his hand, too. He was taller than I expected.

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Kate Rogge 2 years, 4 months ago

Saw candidate John Kennedy speak at a rally at the Wichita Airport. Saw JImmy Carter at the Dole Institute opening, and Bill Clinton speak at both the Lied Center (Dole program) and for the Truman Library in Independence.

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CWGOKU 2 years, 4 months ago

Yes, twice

I can't wait for Tyshawn to use up his eligibility

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

hey, how about a Presidential wannabe? I met Pastor Brownback in 2004. He was stumping for the senate seat. I thought it was Tony Dow for a minute.

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Andini 2 years, 4 months ago

Only if some of the "know it all, political, I can do better" commenters ever become president.

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loosecaboose 2 years, 4 months ago

John F. Kennedy inspected us at Navy boot camp in San Diego in 1962.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 4 months ago

No actual president, saw Bobby Kennedy at Allen Fieldhouse. What I remember most about it is fighting on the school bus on the way there, or was it after? Another time I saw Abbie Hoffman at AFH. He was PT Barnum re-incarnate. Just there to promote his book that he encouraged us to steal. I do not think Abby would have been electable.

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George_Braziller 2 years, 4 months ago

Saw Clinton at the mid-west inaugural ball after his first election.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 4 months ago

Shook hands with Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas.

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grammaddy 2 years, 4 months ago

Gerald Ford spoke on the Capitol steps the day I took my newborn daughter home from the hospital. Saw him as we drove by.

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autie 2 years, 4 months ago

No. We had way too many turnovers. Too many lazy, stupid passes.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 4 months ago

No, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night . . . .

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Odeo 2 years, 4 months ago

I got high with Neil Abercrombie before he went to D.C. Now he is the Governor of the State of Hawaii. Just like him, his w**d sucked. Or, he was Bogarting. Either way, typical politician.... - Odeo.

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Odeo 2 years, 4 months ago

How about : Have you ever even cared about seeing a U.S. President or any other political idiot which can be bought and sold everyday???

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Odeo 2 years, 4 months ago

BTW...LJW..This is truly a stupid question.....C'mon.....

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Odeo 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah. Twice. One made me, well the Secret Service, gave me the option of closing all of my blinds and staying in dorm for about 24 hours if not invited. BTW - THESE GUYS DO NOT F**K around. Would not even suggest trying it with them. - Odeo

The other one made me about 45 minutes late for an appointment to make some $$ thanks to the at least a three mile foresight to close off all upcoming on ramps to the "Freeway" that he was going on.......Am not political, but, heck, the second one was traveling with Bob Hope to go golf....Geez.... - Odeo

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