Monday, January 16, 2006
We were able to get through most of the outer layers of security with our uniforms and UN berets, and stationed ourselves at the gate of the Capital, between it and the Presidential Mansion. The vehicles pulled up and disgorged the heads of states of seven African nations, Secretary Rice and the First Lady, and Ellen herself. On the procession out, they all stopped within 20 feet of us while the President received a salute from the National Police. We were able to get a good sight of the DVs. Laura Bush did an obvious double take when she spotted the American soldiers over on the side, and her and Condi waved as us numerous times while they stood uncomfortably in a gaggle of a hundred African presidents and prime ministers. Needless to say, we did not envy the Secret Service one bit.