Just imagine - the POTUS without an entourage. How can such a big personality not be around bodyguards for example? Yes, this is the simplicity and elegance of the former POTUS, Barack Obama. He is a gentleman who is a charismatic leader and there are rarely any photographs on the internet where he is not smiling. He is an eloquent and a witty personality. He believes in being respectful.
There is no difference to his shining personality when he is in front of the camera. He is always himself. The world praises him and cannot help but recall all the good he has done and how he won the hearts of the American people through his charming personality. Hats off to you, Obama!
We're presenting first-hand experiences of people who have met Obama in person, and what they had to say about the legendary human being!
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"Barack was quiet, thoughtful and kind. He treated everyone respectfully, regardless of their age, position or seniority. There was heavy partying going on at that little company, but Barack left at the end of the day and didn't socialize with his co-workers outside of the office. He was polite, helpful, and had zero attitude. I don't think he found the work particularly engaging, but he didn't complain about it. I liked him. I think everyone did." - Dan Armstrong
"I was floored. We exchanged pleasantries, and he proceeded to bury himself reading for the remainder of the flight. When it came time to deplane, he again stood up, asked me which was my bag so he could help retrieve it from the overhead bin, and proceeded to place it in the aisle for me. I think that more than qualifies him as a nice guy in real life!"- Barb Rosenthal, on travelling with Obama.
"I've met Barack Obama on three occasions at political events. Each time I only had 30-45 seconds to chat with him but seemed very personable and had that politician's skill of making you feel like the most important person in the world while you have his attention. He is very "in the moment" when he's with you."- David Fry
"When he was running for Senate here in Illinois back in 2004, I was at Chicago's Union Station to take a train out to work. It was about 6 am. Candidate Obama was by himself, no entourage, shaking hands and chatting with commuters. I shook his hand and he asked me what I was doing, where I worked, etc. He was genuinely interested in what I had to say. I spoke to him about healthcare (I was freelancing at the time and had very poor coverage) and he offered some thoughts and smart discussion, rather than "I'm going to fix it all."- Kevin Watts
"I might have gotten some details wrong - but her overall impression was that he was a great guy - very engaging, very charismatic, just making pleasant small talk. She said she had heard stories of how Bill Clinton made everyone in a room feel like he knew them personally and was interested in them, and she said that was the same here." - Noel Schivley, when his wife met Obama.
"When I lived in Chicago I would often see Barak Obama at the East Bank Club where he played basketball and worked out. He was Senator then and, except for really good basketball, he did nothing to draw attention to himself, including absolutely no entourage. He was just a guy having great competitive fun and staying healthy." - Craig Halverson
"What a great guy. He was so welcoming and comfortable. The way he interacted with my severely disabled son was a window into a good soul. We spent 20 minutes with him and he was full of questions and made Dusty feel like he was the important one in the room. Yes, he is a nice person."- Neil Brandom, when he and his family met Obama at Oval Office in 2011 as part of the Make A Wish foundation.
"He does something interesting where he will smile when you ask him something, continue to write, and then look at you with an answer. There is really nothing much to say about Obama when you are a nobody and you get to meet him in private, he is exactly as nice as he is when the cameras are on him." - Marie-Lynn Richard.
"On numerous occasions, Mr. Obama would ask me how my wife was doing (she was pregnant with our first child), and wished her the best. I never, never saw him belittle another person, I never witnessed him do anything behind his wife's back... For all of my political differences with Barack Obama, I will be the first to say that he is a very decent man." - Jason Wells
"Not knowing what else to do, the 10-year-old boy that I was gave him an awkward salute and started to run off, but he called after me and threw me my glove that I had dropped. In my excitement and nervousness, I thought I was going to get arrested for a moment after I realized who it was." - Ben Inbar, when he accidentally tripped over Obama at a soccer match where his daughter played.
Looking at all the above, the world is going to miss Barack Obama badly and there are bleak chances that the new POTUS, Donald Trump will be able to fill his shoes so well. We're hoping he proves to be a good fit for the given responsibility and position.
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