Sometimes life seems like a continuous presidential election, especially this year when we do actually vote on one.
Because of that fact and an upcoming trip to Washington, D.C. , I’m reminiscing about spotting candidates or former presidents while on vacation.
I didn’t see President Reagan when I went on the White House tour 32 years ago, but I did see former President Jimmy Carter at a church service. It was at the First Baptist Church of Washington, a place where Harry Truman also worshiped.
I went carrying camera bag as I was taking a bike tour just after the service. As the service began, my eyes were wandering all around as I was paying little attention to the announcements, hearing something about a baby being born. Then the pastor said something like, “And we are glad to have the grandparents Jimmy and Rosalynn and Aunt Amy with us today.”
So, with camera in tow, I looked like part of the paparazzi as I snapped photos while the former president shook hands after the service.
A few years before that, I was traveling to Asheville, North Carolina. Walking through a farmer’s market, former President Ford was there campaigning for Ronald Reagan.
And this presidential cycle, we planned a trip to the Iowa State Fair last August – not really mindful that it was the state’s biggest event before January’s Iowa Caucus. We were there on the same day with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Rick Santorum (Remember him? The former senator from Pennsylvania who dropped out early). We actually only saw the latter two. I was more excited to see Fox News reporter Carl Cameron.
Next week, we’re off to D.C. Wonder if we will run into any presidents—past, present or future?