PRLog - Dec. 28, 2009 - 11 year old daughter Lauren Murro of N.J. is having an amazing string of luck!
Lauren Murro with President Obama
It all started Back in August she had a one on one meet and greet with President Obama, Spike Lee and Governor Patrick of M.A.
She was recently invited to the Sesame Street 40th anniversary episode green room to meet and take photos with the puppets and the rarely seen puppeteers...oh and just last week she bumped into the hard to find Mickey Mouse too!
During Lauren Murro’s Martha’s Vineyard , is where Laurens unbelievable luck all started.
She collected four brass rings (entitling her to free rides) on the famed Flying Horses Carousel.
She found 40 bucks lying on the ground in a park (some of which she spent on cotton candy).
And … oh, yeah. She met and had her picture taken with the leader of the free world.
“It was awesome,” she said of the encounter with President Obama, who was vacationing there with his family. “I think it’s the coolest thing that has ever happened to me on vacation.”
Lauren and her dad, Tom Murro, had just finished lunch at the Farm Neck Golf Club – – when they decided to walk over to the course to hopefully catch a glimpse of the president playing.
“There was a rumor on the island that the president would be playing golf there,” said Murro, who works in the banking industry and lived for five years on the island but now lives in Bergen County.
Secret Service agents were everywhere – on the course, with dogs and in the trees. They had cleared about a football field-sized area around the commander-in-
As Murro and his daughter walked toward the last hole, the two spotted film director Spike Lee sitting on a bench. Murro, who has a mutual friend with Lee.
When the president’s game took him closer to where Lee and the Murros were waiting, the Secret Service agents approached them, wanded them, and asked them to leave. Lee invited the Murros onto his property, which overlooks the course. There, the father and daughter waited with several of Lee’s family members for the president to cruise by in his golf cart.
Suddenly, Obama rolled up and said: “‘Hey, Spike. I see you have your own entourage over there,’ ” Murro said. “I thought ‘oh, my god, you have to be kidding me.’”
Obama gave Lee a “big hug” and the two exchanged some handshakes, Murro said.
“I’m just standing there thinking, ‘Don’t pass out. Don’t say anything stupid,’” he said. “It was, like, crazy.”
Obama then approached Murro and shook his hand. “I said, ‘it’s an honor to meet you Mr. President.’ And he replied, ‘it’s Barack.’”
Obama then posed for pictures with the Murros and the Lees.
As a Martha’s Vineyard regular, Murro said, brushing shoulders with celebrities is no big deal. You see them in the grocery store. Pass them on the street. “They’re there and you don’t think much about them,” he said. “But this is the president.”
“It was just incredible,”
The Murros became celebrities on the island after their meeting. A shop owner posted their pictures with the president and people began to recognize them and stop them on the street to hear the story. “I said to my daughter, ‘now you got a taste of what it’s like to be Miley Cyrus,’” Neither Tom or Lauren knew what luck would follow, and something new seems to happen every week , all from that one meeting with the president.
Tom Murro was so pleased that he and his daughter got to meet Mr. Obama and take a picture with him, he obtained a very special gift for him. "I actually called Yogi Berra's son to set things up, I told him the story of our once in a lifetime encounter with the President and Yogi was more than willing to be a part of my request. The photo we created is very unique and only two others like it exist! Of course one for me, [one for The President,] and one I'll be sending to Spike as my thank you to him, as well. The photo is of Jackie Robinson sliding into home plate at the 1955 world series, he was called safe that day and the Brooklyn Dodgers won the world series. Yogi was the catcher and had a difference of opinion, I got him to share that in the photo...Yogi signed it '' Dear Mr. President, He was out! '' and we know history tells us a different story. This is something I'm sure the President would love to have."
Tom Murro and his daughter would love to personally deliver the signed photo the Obama, but he has had difficulty. He would be content knowing that the President recieved the token of their appreciation, but doesn't want to just drop the rare autographed photo in the mail where it could get lost. "I've tried for the past 2 months and now it just sits on my desk."
If you can help Tom and Lauren get this delivered please contact Tom on his Facebook page or call the number below.