Person of the Year 2008
It's possible I learned something from him too. Perhaps our brief, hypothetical encounter triggered my interest in looking at history and culture from a multicultural perspective. I'd already been leaning in this direction from my world history classes, and perhaps meeting Barry was the final piece of the puzzle. Seeing him, I may have thought, "A bright, charming guy like him could become president of the United States someday. What a wonderful testament to our rich, diverse society."
Too bad our possible meeting is lost in the mists of time. Alas, we'll never know how much I influenced Obama or vice versa.
Anyway, here are some masterful photos to celebrate the occasion:
Obama: The College Years
Barack Obama on Flickr
For more on the subject, see The 2008 Presidential Campaign.
Below: Young Rob pretending to be a cool cat just like his possible acquaintance Barry Obama.