At SoftCom, when we don’t do web hosting or email hosting, we hang out with former presidents. No, not kidding. On May 29th, 2009, we just did that.
Power Within Inc., also a Toronto based company, is an organizer of educational, motivational and leadership events. We have been working closely with Power Within for a couple of years on different events they have organized and have always been very happy with their customer service and organizational skills.
Power Within had a very important event on May 29th, 2009. For the first time ever, they managed to put two former presidents, President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton on stage for an “almost” informal conversation. Considering their drastically different backgrounds, affiliations and tenure, everybody was expecting a partisan, post-presidential debate. We were disappointed since the conversation was very cordial and friendly. Maybe too friendly that, President George W. Bush at one point called President Bill Clinton “brother”. The event received wide spread media coverage. Here are some links to the coverage of this event by Huffington Post and Time.
As SoftCom, thanks to our close relationship with Power Within, we got a couple of invitations which included a brief moment with both of the Presidents, a photo opportunity and a front row seat to the public event.
Here are our photos, Chief Operating Officer Kaan Bora Soran, Chief Marketing Officer Celal Ulgen and Chief Financial Officer Michael Carr with President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.
Up until January 20th, 2009, the day President Barack Obama took office, for the last 16 years, these gentlemen were the most powerful people on the planet. Yet, during the ceremony, both of the Presidents were very friendly, courteous and humble. I suppose this attitude put a smile on all of our faces.
Friends, colleagues and family keep asking us what we have wished for when we were sandwiched between two Presidents. Of course, we wished for world peace, and, an end to global warming and more success to SoftCom. What would you wish for?
Once again, we would like to thank SoftCom, Power Within and Joseph Khoja from Power Within for providing this great opportunity with the Presidents. We hope to soon blog from the Vatican in similar fashion when we meet the Pope.
Kaan, Celal and Michael