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Ron Paul Tried To Shake My Hand Once. I Couldn't Let Him.

In late 2007 I got the opportunity to go see Dr. Ron Paul speak live to an audience at the University of Iowa In Ames.

I was able to speak to journalists from local newspapers as well as Reason Magazine, and a reporter from Al Jazeara.

The highlight of the evening was when my turn in line came and I was face-to-face with the man himself - Ron Paul.

He held out his hand. He looked me in the eye. I looked him in the eye.

I lowered my hand and walked away.

Did I want to shake his hand? Yes. Undoubtedly. Did I want to ever let it go? No. Never. Did I feel worthy of shaking it? No. Never.


Call it some kind of hero-worship. Say what you will. Say that I was putting the man - just a man, after all - on a pedestal. Blame my low self-esteem.

I'll just blame the dirt of this ground of this land called this nation called this country called this US of A. I was there to represent, and I couldn't. I couldn't even shake the hand.

Could you shake Ron Paul's hand?

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I ate breakfast with him in '06 just by happenstance. Didn't even know who he was. I found him full of energy for an 'old guy'. Even kind of 'kooky' with the clever way he told a couple of jokes. Nothing of politics was spoken of but he conveyed an amazing ability to insert morality into casual conversation. Left a lasting impression & reminded me very much of my grandfather (although RP is much younger)..

When I recognized him on television at the S.C debate in '07 I had a similar response as Wayne & Garth in the video below.

But yeah, Shake the hand dude..

Next time.

I promise.

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Whats wrong with you?

I shook his hand in 2007 and I still haven't wash it yet.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

dex now that is the best reply

ever! - ( big smile here. )

Ron Paul is My President

Well since I live in his old district for decades

And helped to elect him many many times. Im not intimidated at all. In fact in many ways disapointed. He is just a regular human. But with the backbone and morality to stand upon his principles.
One man can do anything another man can do. Become Dr. Paul yourself, become what you respect.

Remember the people who kept Dr No in congress while everyone didnt know who he was. Those voters that fought through crooked elections, liar polls, liar media {in a predominate democrate area) to keep voting and keep Dr. No in congress are the unsung heros.(excluding myself) They live all around me here in Texas.


You betcha!

I have more than once and will do it any chance I get.

I would not be able NOT to. Once when he was here in Maine and we were chatting I just got up on my
tip toes and gave him a kiss on the cheek. I just had the urge and did it. And he was terrific - he just laughed and put his arm around me and gave me a little hug.

It was just so much fun and he was just too cute about it. But of course I am SO smitten it's ridiculous!

if you have the chance again - just GO FOR IT!

Ron Paul is My President

oh jesus

oh jesus

If he offered his hand it's

If he offered his hand it's disrespect not to shake it. That's just basic etiquette that a dad teaches you when you're young.

yeah really

If someone refused a handshake from me I'd slap them with it. I see a handshake refusal as a sign of extreme disrespect. Damn snooty double amputees...

Before some puritan with an anus that could crush diamonds begins whining about how the slapping bit "doesn't adhere to the NAP"; let me just say that I don't care. Also that I'm joking. Probably.

A signature used to be here!

I'd shake his hand

..and thank him for all he has done to preserve liberty for my chldren. I'd shake his hand and thank him for being strong, for standing tall against against the entire weight of the establishment. I'd shake his hand and thank him for getting up every time he was hit and for showing me, all of us that one man can change the world. Ron Paul isn't your average American, but he isn't a super hero either, he is meat and beans with feelings and fears just like the rest of us and that is what makes him so remarkable and I'd thank him for that too.

They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds. -mexican proverb

I sure could!

I could hug him! He's my brother and elder and I love him! But I totally get what you're posting here man and reeeeeespect it greatly!

I shook his hand, told him

I shook his hand, told him that he changed my life, took a photo with him and had him autograph an frn. I'll never forget that afternoon. If you get another chance, shake that mans hand and be sure to thank him!

Dude this isnt hero worshipping

Its you being a b!tch. Do you really think Dr. Paul isnt a human being? Where is your self-worth?

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?

Too Bad

but I understand your humility.

When you shake the hands of great people they can't help but rub off on you a little bit (in a figurative way, of course). You missed a good chance.

I once had the chance to hear Walter Williams speak. BTW - If you don't know of Walter, you should work to change that. After his talk though I made a point of going up to shake his hand, and in doing so simply said "Thank you for being who you are." Yeah, I was nervous, and not just because he's physically a big man.

I would say the same to Ron - nothing else needs to be said, IMHO. The great ones will get the point.

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I totally understand. However I shook his hand.

There is some footage out there of Ron Paul getting a hug and the guy didn't want to let go. It was in 2008 after the Sunday morning show in DC. A group of RP supporters gathered to cheer him on as he left and he came out to greet us. I shook his hand and expressed how much I appreciate what he does for us by speaking up for our freedoms. And they guy who hugged him just kept repeating "I love you" it was emotional.

This entire movement is emotional. We all handle it in different ways. I am certain Ron Paul thinks you are worthy. He has a high value for the individual and you my friend are a valuable individual.

Deep down everyone is Libertarian.
Live and Let Live, form of government.


Yes, I could shake his hand, and I have shaken his hand. What I could not do is turn around and walk away after he extended his hand to me. What is wrong with you? If you couldn't shake his hand, don't wait in line to shake it and then walk away.

You didn't even explain that you felt unworthy??? Maybe if u had done that, he would have at least gotten that you respected him. But to just walk away, you must have come across as someone who went out of his way -standing in line and everything- just to be rude.

we're not worthy

I saw Dr Paul give a speech

I saw Dr Paul give a speech at arms length in One Eyed Jacks pub in St Petersburg Florida, after the CNN 2008 debate where I was siting in the balcony. I couldn't bring myself to approaching him for a handshake. I was extremely tired after driving all day. I wish I had his energy.


you don't say.

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

He's just a man -

and certainly would not want to be put on a pedestal. Good men never let themselves succumb to pride...it always precipitates a fall.

Good and godly men do good because that's what motivates their hearts.

I shook his hand and had my picture taken with him, arm around his waste, his around mine. He's a cool guy and I'm glad I got to support him. Most likely the ONLY person I will ever politically support.

You need to follow through with that handshake some day.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

I know people can't stand the "grammar police" but...

...in this case, I feel justified in saying you should change "waste" to "waist" (in the sentence below):

"I shook his hand and had my picture taken with him, arm around his waste, his around mine."


spelling police alert!

Your right! LOL!! (See that?! That is a grammar mistake.)

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Yup. I agree.

Yup. I agree.

And a handshake with a hand that delivered thousands of babies. :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

For once it wasn't about me.

I'm a freakin' celebrity. So what.

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.



"If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."
Samuel Adams

you are better

than you give yourself credit for. Thank you for being there. Thank you for posting here.

Ron brought the Liberty movement together, Rand is expanding the crap out of it! :)

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Touching story, Chris.

Touching story, Chris. Bah. Next time, I'm sure you will. I bet! :)

Well, I shook his hand last year. I did feel very humbled but my brain didn't fully realize until a few minutes after, I confess. Often I overthink things or events, other times I just don't think apparently! ;)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

For some reason I thought about this tonight...

So I bumped this post.

May 2013 any reason why I should be different?

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.