The other night, I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting Governor Charlie Crist, Senator Joe Lieberman and U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. I was beyond excited, floored that I got to have my picture taken as Holbrooke was on my right and Lieberman on my left – with my arms snuggly around both gentleman’s waist. I learned something very important in Dale Carnegie’s ten week course “How to Win Friends and Influence People” seminar which I attended in the mid- 80’s. In summary, if you’re going to strike up a REAL conversation, engage the other party in something that interests THEM, don’t talk about yourself. So, I began my long conversation with Senator Lieberman regarding his wife’s recent lecture which I attended. His ears perked, we spoke of her, and then we began a quick dialog. It was truly a thrill.
But when Governor Crist turned to me later in the evening, cupped both of his hands around my hand, looked me straight in the eye and said, “Oh, another lovely college student” I cracked up – right in his face. Of course he was joking, but who cares. Me, a mother of three in mid-life crises … and this incredibly handsome, extraordinarily tan politician (one woman asked him directly, “Is your tan real or sprayed on?” and his answer was a polite “It’s real”), I think, was actually flirting with me! Well let me tell you … I’ll take what I can get.
The evening was informative, all candidates pushing their own agendas and each delivering their own unique messages.