Through nine years of service in the United States Army and multiple combat tours, I have been graciously thanked for my service by a great number of friends and strangers. Never did I expect one of those people to be the President of the United States.
This past Thursday, President Barack Obama visited the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he delivered a speech about the national economy. Afterward he shook hands with a limited number of audience members. Before I knew it, the Commander in Chief stood less than two feet from me. Now was the time to say something to the most powerful person in the world.
I’ve got two seconds.
What do I say?
“As you engage in the pursuit of profits, I challenge you to do so with a sense of purpose. As you chase your own success, I challenge you to cultivate more ways to help more Americans chase their success.”
– President Barack Obama, Northwestern University, Oct. 2, 2014
As a former campaign and White House staffer, I have seen President Barack Obama speak countless times. Thursday, though, when President Obama spoke about the economy at Kellogg, was only the second time I have been a member of the audience for the president’s speech, and it felt great.
I have worked many similar events where I usually caught half of the speech from behind the press riser, or backstage while firing off emails on my blackberry. But sitting there with no responsibilities, I was reminded of why I worked for President Obama in the first place and why I decided to get my MBA.
I received a phone call from Dean Betsy Ziegler on Wednesday afternoon, asking for me to call her back as soon as possible. When I returned her call, Dean Ziegler said, “We have submitted your name and it was approved to say the Pledge of Allegiance before President Obama. Would you be willing to represent Kellogg and lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance?”
I told her that I would be honored.
President Barack Obama was going to speak to Kellogg students, and the nation, about the economy, and I was going to say the Pledge of Allegiance prior to his speech.
Thanks to everyone who tagged their photos of President Barack Obama’s speech with #MyKellogg. Rather than choosing just one picture, here are some of the favorites from the day. Keep taking pictures of your life at Kellogg and tag them with #MyKellogg, and maybe we’ll highlight your picture in the coming weeks.
View more #MyKellogg photos of President Obama’s speech
President Barack Obama visited the Northwestern University campus Thursday to deliver a major economy speech in front of current students at the Kellogg School of Management. Below is a collection of photos from the event.
Speaking to an assembly of Kellogg students, President Barack Obama on Thursday said the business leaders of tomorrow are the key to a strong economy.
“There is a reason why I came to a business school instead of a school of government,” Obama said. “I actually believe business is the greatest force for prosperity and opportunity that the world has ever known.”
President Barack Obama arrived on the Northwestern University campus Thursday to deliver a major address on the economy to students at the Kellogg School of Management.
President Obama’s entire speech can be viewed at the link below.
Watch President Obama’s entire speech