I met our current President's father, the former President Bush, at the White House once when I was a teenager. I asked him about military operations in Central America. He ignored my question and responded by literally patting me on the head, telling me that it was good to see a young person take an interest in politics.
I responded by tellling him that I'd be voting when he came up for reelection and that I didn't really appreciate being patronized. It was right about then that I got a tap on the shoulder from the Secret Service, who informed me that I needed to step back, since I wouldn't be allowed to speak to the President anymore.
With a New Albany Presidential visit scheduled later this week, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to the elder Bush. Had I realized what he was dealing with at home, I could've empathized with his situation and his thinking that, based on his experiences as a father, not taking young people seriously was a totally legitimate thing to do.
It turns out that in at least one case, he was right.