A Tale of Two Lawyers And President Obama -- OK, Three Lawyers (UPDATED).

So you probably heard our President was in town yesterday for a fundraiser on Miami Beach.

Two South Florida lawyers had very different reactions.

Here's one from Kirk Wagar in today's NYT:

“We could have the president here twice a month and we’d have great events,” said Kirk Wagar, a Miami lawyer who served as a finance chairman of Mr. Obama’s campaign in Florida last year. “People are very invested in him.”

Mr. Wagar was among the 450 people who gathered Monday evening to see Mr. Obama in his first visit to Miami since taking office. The back-to-back events for the party’s senatorial and Congressional campaign committees raised $1.5 million, aides said, and provided the president a chance to be energized by a friendly audience.
Among the 450 people who attended was also RRA attorney Mike Pancier, who despite his evidently conservative leanings still met with The Prez.

He had a slightly different reaction:
So you may ask, "Cigar Mike, why are you there and why do you shake his hand?" Simple. I'm there cause I have connections and I will not pass up a photographic opportunity such as being able to photograph the President of the United States. Why do I shake his hand? Well, he's my President, even if I don't agree with him and frankly, I wanted to show the leftist nuts out there that unlike them, we can show respect for the President even if we don't agree with him. Their memories are too short, but we remember how they treated GW Bush. But as they say, tomorrow it will all be history and I'll continue my fight to keep the Dems policies from becoming law by focusing on the real issues out there and not on the ridiculous like those birther folks that were across the street from the hotel.

It was my turn to meet the President and I told him “it is a pleasure to meet you, Mr. President.” I shook his hand, he told me “thank you for all your help,” a photo was taken, and I was on my way as the next person got his turn to take his photo with the President.
SFDB gives his take here.

I'm glad Mike shook the President's hand, and glad he does not support the Birthers.

BTW, I certainly would have shook W's hand, though I doubt I would have my firm help sponsor the event (hey, times are tough!).

UPDATE -- Mike was kind enough to share a few quality pics he took at the event, which I have added above.

That last one Mike -- oy, do libs know how to party!


  1. WAY over the top Mike.

  2. "I'm there cause I have connections and I will not pass up a photographic opportunity such as being able to photograph the President of the United States."

    Wow! Connections. Que Importante!!!

    I am one of those people who would never shake W's hand -- how the two can be compared is beyond me.

    There are 1,000,000 (yes million) dead citizens of Iraq because of W's lies.

    May their souls haunt him and his cronies until the day they die and have to answer to a higher power.

  3. what self-loathing, and all for a photo op!

  4. W Bush Haters for MikeOctober 27, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Mike is an avid photographer. Check out one of his photo blogs at http://mpancier.blogspot.com/
    Thus, a photo-op with the POTUS may be a bigger deal for him than for most of us.

    As far as alleged self-loathing, don't be a douche. The opportunity to meet the POTUS, whether the man holding the office is your favorite or not, is a rare opportunity that should not be taken lightly.

    Mike is entitled to hate the man, and still respect the office of the POTUS enough to want to meet the office holder and have a photo with him.

  5. Who said douche?

  6. Was the $20K fine enough? Maybe when Taitz becomes a real lawyer she will appreciate what just happened. I wonder if she is a mail order bride, just like her law degree? She is perfect reporter material for “Fake News”, where unfounded rumors and innuendo reign supreme , unlike a our US courts of law, where you need to present documented facts, not half baked lies (prepare for more failures).

    When flies get too close to the lights they get burned, Taitz just got burned, thing is, like a fly she will continue, no end in sight. Poor little Birthers they are haters not debaters.

    A lawyer, dentist, realtor and black belt, wow I must say a JACK of all trades master of none.

  7. This may not surprise anyone, but I find Orly intriguing and a little bit attractive -- fearless, wild-eyed, crazy as a loon.

    I've known women like that.


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