It was at a parade that I met Barack Obama, the Democrat running for a second term as President.
The following picture of the two of us posing in front of my house was taken Beecher, Illinois back in 1994 when Obama was campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
I was a small town reporter taking pictures of the Fourth of July parade. We lived along the parade route, so I often combined business with pleasure. I recall being totally excited and amazed that a candidate for the U.S. Senate was walking in our little, small town parade. I had no idea at the time that the man with whom I took this picture would become the 44th President of the United States.
Obama obviously loved campaigning. He loved being around people. He enjoyed meeting them. His huge smile was evidence of how much fun he was having. He reached for as many hands as reached out to him. He was friendly and took time to talk with folks along the parade route. In fact, there were many times he had to run to catch up after being sidelined by questioners and interested future constituents.
I could go on about Romney, but this is a story about parades, so the object is Paul Ryan, the same man whose speech at the Republican National Convention was picked apart by fact checkers the following morning.
Watch how Paul Ryan greets the people along the parade route.
There is no doubt in my mind which man I would rather see lead this country.