15 May 2009

Jackie & the Veep

The best part of our big field trip week, by far, was the chance encounter we had at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Early on, Jackie (who has some kind of built in radar for military and police) pointed out a guy standing at a ballroom door who he was sure was undercover law enforcement. Then, when we were just about to leave, Michael happened to see a large gathering of people and ran over to see what was going on. He learned that the Vice President of the United States was just about to exit the hotel. Jackie's instict was right on. Cool! Now, the fact that we saw a tricked-out-Counter-Terrorist-Unit-type Homeland Security van driving down the 5 freeway a couple of days earlier made a lot more sense.

Anyway, we waited around for about 15 minutes when suddenly there he was. Vice President Biden smiled for the crowd,

and then pointed at someone special.

Lo and behold, he made a bee-line straight for Jackie,

shook his hand and tussled his hair, and made a joke about it being full of sand,

and then pointed out that at least Jackie still has hair

which got a big laugh from everyone.

And then he was whisked off followed by black Secret Service suburbans, helicopters, emergency trucks, and those ├╝ber-cool Homeland Security vehicles.

Even though we're not exactly fans of Joe Biden, the politician, we have enormous respect for the office he holds, so it was a HUGE thrill (especially for Jackie) to personally meet and greet Joe Biden, the Vice President!

What a fun and exciting way to end Field Trip week!


The B Family said...

What a fun memory and how neat that you were able to capture it all on film!

Tish said...

that was nice of bbiden to make a big deal out of jackie! obama was in my town this week and i felt the sma eway...not a fan of him but respect for the position. gla dyou guys are having fun!

Eric said...

Wow! How many kids get to have an experience like that? Very cool.-Erin

Liesl said...

Oh my goodness, how cool!!! Ditto on the politics side of things, but so very neat that Vice President Biden took time for that real-life encounter with Jackie! Glad the camera was ready for full documentation...definitely a day to remember!

Brian said...

Wow! How cool to have the VP walk right up to you and start talking! He'll remember that for the rest of his life!

Stacy Ann said...

Ha! That's cool! Fun experience!

Ted and Lori said...

That is awesome.

be_a_Mary said...

SUPER awesome!! Jackie you ROCK!!!

Erica said...

AWESOME! Not many people can say they meet the veep! So neat for Jackie!