The Right Place at the Right Time

Posted in Uncategorized by afronews on March 24, 2009

Here’s what happened:

Journalist James Wright

Journalist James Wright

I guess being out of place has its advantages. I accidently met Michelle Obama today.




I was being escorted along with other members of the media to an event that I thought was Ron Kirk’s swearing-in. We started walking out to the South Lawn and I began to get suspicious. So, I turned to my friend, Pamela Gentry of BET News and CNN commentator and asked if were going to Ron Kirk’s swearing-in.


She looked at me like I was crazy and said that we were going to the First Lady’s Garden Party.


Oh geez, I said…and I noticed that Pam was giggling at me. I asked a press aide to take me to the Executive Office Building and she agreed to do so.


As we were walking to the Executive Office Building, I saw Mrs. Obama walking with a bunch of aides, including executive usher Admiral Roshon. Roshon and I have the same barber in Seat Pleasant.

The press aide yelled out to Mrs. Obama as we passed and told me to introduce my self to her. I did, she stopped, shook my hand and walked on. Rochon yelled “Hey, good seeing you Mr. Wright” and proceeded to whisper to the first lady.


By the way, I did get to the Kirk swearing-in on time and one of his aides said that he would like to have a private lunch with me in the future. As you know, Kirk and I are from Austin, Texas and went to the same high school and belonged to Jack and Jill, though he is much older than I.


It was a crazy, but HISTORIC day in my life. Thanks to the AFRO for all of the opportunities.


I can’t wait to tell Mom.


James Wright.


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