This past Saturday, Ambassador Joe Wilson came to Charlotte, NC to support Larry Kissell in his second bid to unseat Robin Hayes in North Carolina's 8th Congressional District.
I had not had the pleasure of meeting Joe Wilson prior to Saturday's event and was honestly expecting the man to be just a wee bit of a stuffed shirt. I found instead, a man who is generous, patient and funny. He did not leave the event until he had met each person who desired an introduction, stood for pictures with all waiting in line and signed every spare scrap of paper, every book and every Creative Loafing shoved in front of him. That's quite a chore when the total attendance is over 200 people.
He is engaging and genuine. On Saturday, he didn't look over or through people. Working a room full of excited Democrats might not offer quite the same challenge as shaking hands with - and subsequently staring down - Saddam Hussein, but Joe Wilson is a skilled diplomat and it showed.
Ambassador Wilson drew quite a bit of applause and kept us laughing throughout much of his talk.
I was surprised to hear Ambassador Wilson speak so eloquently about the South. How refreshing when so many others would like to write us off.
The Ambassador had a few words to say about service to our country.
Finally, he had more than a few words to say in support of Larry Kissell, the next congressman from North Carolina's 8th Congressional District.
Here are a few of Momoaizo's photos. The two above are also Mo's.
What a group, eh? We have other group photos. I'll pull them out later.