Okay, so it’s not Tuesday any more. But it was two days ago. And two days ago turned out to be pretty exciting. We arrived at work on Tuesday to find that President Obama was visiting our building that morning. There were squad cars everywhere, the roads were blocked off, and it was a bit of mess (see that photo above).
Distractions aside, he came to one of our hangouts, Grand Central Bakery, to meet with several local small businesses owners. Current Commerce Secretary (and former WA governor) Gary Locke was along for the ride as well.
Once we heard the president was coming to visit, we knew we had to try to see him. It’s his first visit back to Seattle since before he was elected, and it’s not every day you’re within 50 feet of a head of state (and our own, no less). Plus, we wanted to try to get a picture of him with a Vittana t-shirt on. C’mon, it could happen!
Alas, it was not to be. The Secret Service kept him under pretty tight lock and key, even going so far as to take him in a side entrance so all we could see was his motorcade:
Despite our complete failure to catch the President while he was in town, I hear he made a good impression on the staff at Grand Central and it’s good to know that we’re playing our part in the daily actions that keep our republic alive. He’s been making major changes to the way student loans are run in the United States, and it will be interesting to see how those changes play out and how they will echo or differ from the way we at Vittana build student loan programs in other countries. It’s always exciting to be a part of democracy in action – reminds us of how much we have to be thankful for.
If you like President Obama (or if you don’t!), don’t forget to support your local non-profit small business and make a loan today.