We were asked to be the event photographers for a very special evening on Friday, at The World Leadership Awards. This was held in honor of Usher’s New Look Foundation.
As we walked into the VIP event with our friends and fellow photogs, Paula Gould and Cassie Wright, Ric and I were ushered (npi) into the backstage area. Our job was to be in the WJC room. We weren’t exactly sure what that meant until we realized that WJC was William Jefferson Clinton. Oh My Gawd. In the room there was a stanchion line separating a backdrop from the rest of the room. We assumed we’d be in the throng of photogs standing behind the line hoping to get a shot of Mr. Clinton, Usher, Justin Bieber, etc. Uh, no. We were THE photographers standing there for the shots. Again, Oh. My. Gawd.
President Clinton could not have been more charming and gracious, greeting every business and Hollywood VIP with warmth and interest. He lit up when asked about Chelsea’s wedding, and remarked that his “little girl is just so happy!” Mr. Clinton had just arrived in Atlanta that evening following a trip to Haiti, he was right off the plane to participate in this event.
He was even so gracious as to pose with Ric and I for a photo. (and how cool that Usher joined in, too!)
It was a surreal night, and one we will never forget.