Ron Paul's GenerositySubmitted by jaclynvsmith on Mon, 02/27/2012 - 17:51
I've always wanted to meet Dr. Paul, and have come very close on a few different occasions. Unfortunately, patience and politeness never seem to work in my favor, however, Dr. Paul preaches peace (a message I fully support), so I feel as though it would be a little ironic for me to fight and claw my way to the front. Somewhat disappointed, I walked out of the building, and saw a small group of people standing around. Assuming they were waiting for Dr. Paul to make his exit, I thought I might as well give it a shot.
I stood around for 15-20 minutes, and finally Dr. Paul was escorted out of the building, right in my direction. I put out my hand and introduced myself. Hoping I would be able to get my two books, both copies of "Liberty Defined", signed by the author, his security detail shattered my hopes by telling me he didn't have time to sign anything. They walked him to his car and closed the door. I smiled and waved, and then shot a pout over to my mom, as to tell her "so close; I tried".
Just as I was about to walk away, I hear a knock coming from the direction of Dr. Paul's silver Chevy Tahoe. Through the tinted windows, I see Dr. Paul making the "come here" gesture with his hand. He rolls down the window and says, "Give me that book. They always give me grief about signing things, but I really don't mind". Upon telling him how thankful I was and the impact he's had on my life, he says calmly, "Now, give me the other one". He signs my second book and bids me a genuine farewell.
I think it's safe to say that Dr. Paul had my vote before this kind gesture. However, I think this small occurrence speaks to what kind of man he is and what kind of President he would be; A man of the people, for the people and by the people.
Thank you, Dr. Paul, for taking the time out of your crazy schedule to make me feel important.
Tomorrow, I will be turning 25, and your generosity is the best birthday present I could ever ask for. You can assure that when I blow out my candles, my wish (AND VOTE!) will be sent your direction :)