It’s been a while since I posted anything, but a lot has happened in the last month so here is the low down.
March has been a crazy month. It started out with a call from my dad saying he had been invited to the White House to attend a health care reform summit organized by president Obama.
Here is a news story on it: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/40826757.html
Basically, dad has been having issues with the health care system in America for years, and got involved with some grassroots efforts to make his voice heard. Earlier this year he was asked to submit his story to the Obama health care team as part of a nationwide effort to gather information from concerned citizens about the state of the health care system in America. Apparently someone on the Obama team liked his story, because the department of Health and Human Services contacted him and invited him to attend a health care meeting at the White House.
So dad and mom came down and Julie and Spence came down for the big day too. Only dad was allowed to go into the White House, but the rest of us all went home and watched it on C-Span. It was pretty cool seeing him there in the White House, just a few feet from the president.
Here are a few Youtube clips you can check out.
(you can see him here sitting behind the president, and at the end he shakes Obama’s hand)
(here you see him at 3:49)
(Here is the end of the opening speech and you can see my dad with Obama at about 7:45)
Anyway, it was really cool and we were all really excited for him. He was giving all kinds media interviews and it was impressive to hear him talk about it because my dad really knows his stuff on this topic. Way to go Dad.
Then, Mark and Spence came to town right after the parents left. I went around to the museums and monuments with them while they were here. Spence stayed with Emiline’s family and Mark and his buddy, James, crashed with me and Dan. It was fun having them around for a while. We all got together at Jordan’s and had a big taco salad dinner. It was great. We talked about the old days, told funny stories, and then Dan had to go and throw a pot of beans all over the place. Way to go Dan.