I thought "If anyone should be shaking the President's hand today, it's this man." So I asked him if he would like to try, and he said yes, after only a little equivocating. I asked his wife if I should lend my arm, and she said, "Yes." He stood with some help from me and from his cane, and we moved a few inches forward and waited. I said I would get the President's attention when he came along. I asked him where he served, and he said "Korea, for 19 months." He said he would like to say "Hello" to his commander, and did I think his commander would like to say hello to him. I said that I thought he would. We talked about how exciting it all was. Senator Dayton shook his hand when he came along, and when President Obama came by, amid the screams and outstretched hands, I shouted "Mr. President!" and pointed to the gentleman next to me when I caught his eye. The President shook his hand and said thank you. The Veteran greeted his commander.
The President moved on, and I helped the Veteran regain his seat.
"You made his day," said his wife. "Thank you."
I am not sure whose day was made more, really.
It's hard to tell here, but there are two senators, a vice president, and a mayor in this picture.
(Sens. Franken and Klobuchar, Vice President Mondale, and Mayor Coleman of Saint Paul).