Cool Obama content is sadly drawing to a close, so we’ve gotta enjoy it while it lasts. You know, stuff like Obama randomly bumping into Aerosmith at an airport and inviting them onto Air Force One. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry had just flown into Lakeland, Florida last night following a five-week tour of South America when they just happened to run into the POTUS.
“We were stacked up over Lakeland, while his plane landed,” Perry tells Vanyaland. “We were trying to get in before him but we missed. Then, while we’re sittin’ on the runway, we’re lookin’ at Air Force One and we got out, took some pictures and the next thing you know, we’re on the plane being given a tour. Then Obama heard we were there on the plane and he said, ‘If you wait ’til I get there, we’ll do a little meet and greet.’ So we ended up talking with him for a couple minutes, getting some pictures.”
“Steven met him one other time, the Kennedy Center Honors years ago, and he got a chance to talk to him for a second,” Perry continues. “But this was the first time I’ve ever met a president, a seated president; it was pretty flipped out — and it was definitely worth the wait. It was one of those things where if we planned, something would’ve screwed up. But after a month in South America? Something like that? Hey — you know? The ‘Bad Boys from Boston’ you know? Steven and I have had some pretty cool adventures, but this one is right up there…In the ’70s we couldn’t get anything but arrested. Now it’s like, we’re so respectable.”
So yeah, Perry was pretty stoked. “It was pretty amazing to stand there in that conference room where so much has gone down over the years,” he concludes. “Think about Colin Powell and all those guys… Kissinger and all them on that plane. We only talked to him for, like, three minutes. I had a bunch of questions I wanted to ask him, but as it was, he was coming back from a long day of stumping for…the Democrats. He’s pretty amazing, you know? Being a Republican, I still have a lot of respect for the office, you know? Sitting there with the Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world… it was really cool.”