“We didn’t shake hands—we hugged”
Robin, a health care professional and jewelry designer, says she never wins contests. But last Thursday, she got a special opportunity: to meet President Obama, the First Lady, Sarah Jessica Parker, and other supporters of the President from fashion, entertainment, and politics at Sarah Jessica’s home in New York.
After donating to the campaign and entering for a chance to meet the President and First Lady, Robin got the call that she had won the contest—and she got to bring a guest.
“It was a no-brainer to invite my mom. She’s a huge Obama supporter and my best friend. Also, can you imagine if I would have invited another friend to meet Sarah Jessica Parker? None of my other friends would speak to me again!”
After shopping for a dress for the night (“I couldn’t disrespect Sarah Jessica Parker’s home with a bad dress!”), Robin and her mom, Elvita, headed to the event in New York.
“There was so much anticipation. We entered the house and were greeted by the sight of Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour. Sarah Jessica Parker welcomed me with the biggest hug—you’d think we’d met before! Then, we proceeded downstairs out to the patio where we joined the other guests. I talked and laughed alongside supporters of the President like Meryl Streep, Aretha Franklin and Andy Cohen. I loved being able to talk about everyday things with people I admire. Hearing these people from so many different backgrounds and experiences talk about their reasons for supporting the President and how important this election is made the evening even more special.
“After the cocktail hour, we heard helicopters signaling the arrival of the President. We were whisked away back into the house, where we met and took photos with the President and First Lady alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour. The introduction to the President and First Lady was very memorable: we didn’t even shake hands—we hugged! They were so warm and sincere that I completely forgot my list of questions to ask. I also had the opportunity to personally tell Mrs. Obama why I truly admire her—she is the epitome of an educated woman with a savvy sense of style who values her family, living a healthy life, and service to others.”
After dinner at Sarah Jessica Parker’s home, Robin and her mom heard the President and First Lady speak at another event, where President Obama talked about what’s at stake in this election and his plan to continue to move our country forward.
“The experience was breathtaking … one of those amazing opportunities I’ll cherish forever. I feel energized to become even more engaged to support President Obama, especially in his efforts to provide affordable health care to all Americans. My mother has committed to planning a voter registration drive at her church in North Carolina as well as volunteering locally.”
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