Air Force Veteran Gets Presidential Coin From Obama


WE ARE MINUTES AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENT ARRIVING AT BAXTER ARENA. LET’S GO BACK TO LENA, ONE OF THE NEIGHBORS WE WERE REFERENCES THAT GOT TO MEET PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. LENA, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? Lena: YES. SO I HAD BEEN MENTIONING THROUGHOUT THE LIVE BROADCAST, WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS HERE, AT LEAST, I SPOKE TO A VETERAN IN THE AIR FORCE BEFOREHAND, AND HE WAS KIND OF QUESTIONING WHAT’S GOING TO BE HERE. THIS IS HIM. HE GOT TO MEET THE PRESIDENT. BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, I WANT HIM TO TELL YOU ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE OF MEETING THE PRESIDENT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU DIDN’T EXPECT THAT YOU WERE GOING TO MEET HIM TODAY? NO. Lena: WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? PRETTY AWESOME. JUST ME AND A FEW OF OUR NEIGHBORS WERE UP THE STREET HERE, AND MR. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA PULLED UP, AND HE WALKED UP ON HIS OWN AND STARTED TALKING TO EVERYBODY. AND HE ASKED ME WHERE I HAD BEEN IN THE AIR FORCE, AND HE GAVE ME A PRESIDENTIAL COIN. PRETTY AWESOME DEAL. Lena: WHAT DID HE SAY TO YOU ALL? Interview: JUST TALKED. ASKED OUR NAMES. DID SELFIE WITH US. HE WAS VERY PERSONALABLE. REAL, REAL NICE. UNREAL. YOU SAID HE GAVE YOU A PRESIDENTIAL COIN. WE CAN KIND OF ZOOM INTO THIS HERE. INCREDIBLE. TALK ABOUT — YOU NOW HAVE SOMETHING THAT I’M SURE YOU WOULD TREASURE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I NEVER EXPECTED THIS. THIS IS A PRETTY QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON. I TALKED TO YOU EARLIER, YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING MIGHT BE HAPPENING, SO I HUNG AROUND, I JUST LIVE A COUPLE HOUSES DOWN. Lena: DO YOU FEEL HONORED THAT THE PRESIDENT GAVE YOU HIS COIN FOR YOUR SERVICE. WHY SURE. IT’S NOT EVERY DAY YOU MEET THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ABOUT TWO FEET AWAY FROM YOU, AND YOU SHAKE HIS HAND. VERY UNCOMMON. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY? Lena: I’M SURE. AND YOU, TOO, KIND OF TELL ME WHAT WAS THAT LIKE FOR YOU? IT WAS UNREAL. HE DID A SELFIE WITH US, AND I COULDN’T MAKE THE CAMERA WORK, SO HE TOOK IT AND MADE IT WORK. I CAN’T WAIT TO TELL MY KIDS. AND YEAH, IT WAS NICE. SHE IS A VETERAN, TOO. RETIRED AIR FORCE, TOO. SO IT WAS REALLY — IT WAS UNREAL, IT REALLY WAS. HE JUST WALKED OUT OF THE CAR, AND CAME UP, AND ALL OF US UP THERE. Lena: AND YOU ALL JUST LIVE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD, RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. OVER THERE. WE WERE WONDERING WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND SO WE WALKED UP AFTER HE TALKED TO YOU. Lena: THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR SERVICE. THIS IS WONDERFUL, I’M GLAD YOU GOT TO EXPERIENCE THAT. KEEP THAT IN A SAFE PLACE. HANG THAT UP SOMEWHERE. I WILL. JACK SMITH. AND… SANDY STEVENSON. WOW! WE’LL SEND IT BACK TO YOU, I KNOW YOU’RE HEADED BACK TO BAXTER ARENA. JACK AND SANDY, FIRST, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. BOTH MENTIONING BEING IN THE MILITARY.

4 thoughts on “Air Force Veteran Gets Presidential Coin From Obama”

  1. that is phenomenal,that our previous president gave an AIR FORCE VETERAN a presidential Air Force Challenge Coin.

  2. Did the reporter forget the veterans name??? That annoyed me she didn’t use rank or name for this guy when talking about his service until the very end “and you are?”

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