Terry Link and Barack Obama
In the early days of President Barack Obama's first campaign, you may have heard a little bit about state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat and delegate at this week's Democratic National Convention.
While the two served in the Illinois Senate together, both were part of a regular poker game, and reporters would come to Link to learn more about Obama. It won't surprise regular readers of this blog that Link is a fan of a gambling game like poker.
And Link didn't do much to add to the Obama hype.
“We brought him back down to Earth real quick,” Link said then in an Associated Press story distributed far and wide.
Now, as Obama will accept his second nomination in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday night, Link will be there on the floor of the convention hall.
“I still am in awe that he’s president," Link said.
Many of the Illinois delegates this week have stories of personal encounters with Obama. Not many suburban delegates are closer to the president than Link, who remembered a private moment he got with his fellow Democrat at the president's 50th birthday fundraiser in Chicago a year ago.
He said it was "like a class reunion."
“I saw the same Barack that I saw in those days,” Link said.
Whether or not that's a good thing probably depends on your political leanings. But it was a moment Link says he won't forget.
“For those few moments, he wasn’t the most powerful man in the world,” Link said. “We didn’t talk about the debt ceiling. We didn’t talk about world problems.”