Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Las Vegas & William Jefferson Clinton

Over the twenty-six years of my life I haven’t met very many famous people, but every now and again I meet someone totally awesome and cool. This is a story about one of those instances.
  • Date: October 22, 2009
  • Location: Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas, NV, USA
  • Time: Approximately 10:26 p.m. PST
  • Event: U2 360 Tour
Last October as Emi and I were leaving the U2 concert in Las Vegas, NV, we were cutting through hordes of people at high speeds, using our freakishly long legs. During our exit strategy, we quickly identified an ulterior route between giant semis and smaller cars.


Upon arriving at the end of the row of cars and semis we saw a hullabaloo going down and we knew It. Was. On.

We weren’t quite sure what was on but I quickly identified a man Bono referred to during the concert as “William Jefferson Clinton.” Yes, that’s right, less than 30 feet away from us was the infamous Bill Clinton. I yelled to him, “Hey Bill,” and waved in a “what’s-up-dude” way.

When I did this the second time Mr. Clinton looked over at Emi and I and proceeded to walk towards us. About five seconds later Bill shook our hands and told Emi he liked her Franz Ferdinand shirt. We chatted for a few seconds, I poked him in the chest and Emi asked if we could take a picture with him. He agreed, a secret service agent appeared out of nowhere and snapped a photo.

It turns out the camera was on video but luckily I was able to get this picture out of the video.



Victory!

7 comments:

Neal said...

Dude, that would have been awesome if when you poked him in the chest, a secret service guy appeared out of nowhere and wrestled you to the ground. All the while Emi would have been screaming or something and the Clinton would be trying to explain that it was okay. I imagine that in such a scenario, with the agent's knee in your back as you struggle to breathe, you'd choke out "This is so cool."

sorensenpower said...

That would've been awesome NOW but perhaps not so awesome then. I really did poke him in the chest, but I'm sure the secret service guy took one look at me and thought, "My 12 year old daughter could take that guy." Little did he know...

Evan said...

Probably the coolest story I've ever heard. Think how cool it would have been had you been a working class 20 year old woman and old Billy invited you two into the limo?! A man can dream...

sorensenpower said...

I really wish I would've asked him why he tried to ban assault rifles.

Emi Sorensen said...

I love the link to Bono's "Yeah, yeah, yeah" Too gewd!

Allison and Noah Riley said...

Is this story a lie?! Only the Sorensens...

Also. Noah and I were just discussing the DARE program the other day. Trying to remember what it stood for... I couldn't think of the "R" and "rehab" doesn't make sense unless your 5th grade was in Ogden or West Valley. Wait...

Ryan said...

I bet Emi's not telling you that later she hooked up with Bill. Because, you know, that's kind of his thing.