Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tim Pawlenty's Courage to Stand 7: Meeting Mellencamp

In my latest reading of Courage to Stand, Tim Palwenty talks about his wife and two daughters, as well as the celebrities that he met, such as Bill Clinton and John Cougar Mellencamp.  I especially enjoyed Pawlenty's story about meeting Mellencamp when Mellencamp was doing a concert in Minnesota.  Pawlenty was a fan, but he feared that Mellencamp would be "a prickly guy, especially when it came to politics", since Mellencamp had different political leanings than Pawlenty (page 192).  But Pawlenty was pleasantly surprised that Mellencamp did not care that Pawlenty was a Republican and was quite hospitable to him, as Pawlenty ate with Mellencamp, Mellencamp's wife and father, and band members.  Pawlenty says on page 193, "I discovered John Mellencamp is a genuinely great guy, completely unassuming and welcoming."

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