And by brush with fame, I mean learning that there was a famous person in the same city as I was. Don't be fooled into thinking that I actually talked with, saw, or in any other way came into direct contact with anyone famous.
Anyway, apparently Bill Clinton is back in town, and during his trip, before the visit to the prime minister, he decided to wow the townspeople by signing a few of his books. Keep in mind that Denmark is fairly besotted with Clinton as it is, and the feeling seems to be mutual...I have the idea that Copenhagen is home to a speech by or visit from the former president at least once a year, though this is just anecdotal, I don't keep official track. So, Bill in a bookstore is a sure winner.
You can see a photo of the chosen bookstore here. Note the signs on the side of the store exclaiming that you can 'Meet President Bill Clinton'. This seems to be making a statement about something, though whether in favor of Clinton, or against the favor of the actual president, is hard to say (I'd say it's a strong mix of both).
According to the article, the line to get in to meet the president was 'long, very long'. I didn't see any line when I passed by on my walk to class (it was maybe a bit early), but there were guards at the door...actually, that's what clued me in that something was up, though my thoughts were more 'Arnold Busck is closed, and there are police guards at the door...has there been a horrible crime committed?' I also passed by some increased police action in front of parliament, presumably in preparation for the big visit(or).
It all got me thinking. And my main thought was, it must be strange to be Clinton. Everywhere you go, you're surrounded by bodyguards. You can't just go somewhere, the area has to be vetted for security for days beforehand. People line up to see you, and want you to sign books for them. You get to see the world, but never in a natural way, just seeing how people really live their everyday lives. Can you ever have just a bad day? Do you always have to be warm, friendly, and approachable? (It seems that Clinton doesn't have a problem with this last one...here he is in the store...the headline reads 'Clinton charmed Copenhageners'). Is it possible to maintain strong ties to reality with a lifestyle like that? Of course, the reverse is that you can have way more impact on the world than just about anyone. You can raise awareness of a location by just showing up, or of an issue by just discussing it.
But is it worth it? Would you give up a normal life for that kind of influence? I'm pretty sure I wouldn't, though that's easy for me to say as I'm pretty confident that I won't have the chance in any case. If you had the opportunity, and took it, what would you do with the newfound power? What would you speak about? Where would you go?