Sydney’s Aunt Chris, who took the picture, tells the tale:
The story with this is that Sydney wanted to open the door to the building by herself. It was a heavy door, but I said OK and let her stay on the outside to try it. As she struggled, and people began to arrive behind her, I opened the door from the inside and reached for Sydney. A man came up behind her and held the door, above her head. I looked up and was face to face with the governor.
He didn’t have a large entourage, and was wearing sunglasses, but I was pretty sure it was him. I sort of muttered,
“Oh…can I take your picture with Sydney?” He was very gracious and stepped over to pose with her. About that time I started to wonder if maybe this was just some guy who looked like the governor, but then I saw a body-guard type guy in a shirt with the state emblem.
Anyway, I told Sydney that this was a very important man – that’s when she gave him the “I’d vote for you look” in the photo. Actually, he’s pretty much a crook like most of the Chicago/Illinois politicians, but he does take a nice picture.
Later, I told Sydney his name was “Governor Blagojevich.” She said “Wow.”1 I asked if she could say it, and she said “Governor Gabloblovech.” I said, close – try again, and Sydney laughed, shook her hands beside her head and said “Governor Blah Blah Blah Blah.”
I’m not sure that Sydney realizes that, as an Oregon resident, she doesn’t get to vote in the Illinois elections even if the age issues are resolved. Ah, well. Thanks, Aunt Chris!
- It should be noted that Sydney says “wow” to almost anything –Amp. [↩]