Friday, January 04, 2008

"F" is for...Famous (almost)

Last night was history in the making!! We were able to brave freezing temperatures to attend the Iowa Caucus. It was so exciting to be part of something so important to those running for the White House. We felt extra special as we also got to meet one of the front runners.....Mitt Romney!!! What a stand up candidate he is. He knows that every vote counts and made the time to shake hands, sign autographs and take pictures with all his supporters, us included! As he was leaving the building, passing by Anali and I, Anali stuck out her hand and Mitt grabbed it and shook her hand while I tried desperately to get a picture. When Mitt saw this, he knelt down and said to Anali "lets let your mom take our picture". What a kind man!!! He must have known how much I wanted that picture for our scrapbook.

Anali, as always, was the shinning star of the night and has her picture plastered just inside the front page of the Des Moines Register with Mr Romney. Monte also got some face time on the Register's Web Site. See them both in this link and click next. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=D2&Date=20080103&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=801030824&Ref=PH&Params=Itemnr=2#top

Due to Mitt showing up right before the Caucus, there was press galore and the Register asked me a few questions. My friend Tiff Briggs was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and we are watching for that. I think we all felt just a little important and "famous" if it be only for a few seconds.
The Iowa Caucus was hot and crowded and in true Waukee fashion very poorly organized. The Caucusing that should have taken 1/2 hour took 2 hours and we were all a little grumpy. In our precinct and county Mitt won so it was worth it.
Attending Caucus was like a step back in time. Everything is done by hand. Nothing looks very official at all. We were handed a photo copied little slip of paper. They were marked and put in a box, that was passed around. The "officials" dumped them on a table and counted the slips. All out in the open with all of us watching. It would have been so easy to take slips from the box or off of the table. But we are all republicans, which means we are honest, right? It is something to see and worth the trip to Iowa in 2012, if nothing else just so you can feel "famous" too.

Here are our photos from the nights events.




5 comments:

jerrylanderson said...

Those amazingly popular Anderson grandkids - we are always amazed at where we find them. What great pictures and story. Somehow the rest of us need to get involved in something like this.

Thanks for sharing so much of your life!
J and C

Blake said...

That's AWESOME... I'm so jealous! In hindsight I wish we would have flown out, that would have been really fun to go there and see you all. It's too bad that Mitt lost. At least he won in Wyoming, if that counts for anything.

Sarah said...

I love your blog! It is way cute, the pictures are awesome as well. Maybe since you are almost famous, I should get your autograph and then I will be almost famous too! Let's think on that.

Becky T said...

JoAnn, that is SO cool! We were missing Iowa so much when we were watching all that caucus'ing going on on the news. We would have LOVED to be there! And look what a fun experience you have to remember now. It sounds like Mitt really is a sharp guy. I was so sad to see that he didn't win in IA. Thanks for sharing this!

eRiCa said...

YAYAYAYA!! So excited that you have a blog now...am I the last one to know about this?! Hope you dont' mind me checking it out in the future!

Totally jealous you got to see Mitt. Loved the pictures and thanks for sharing!