I never before have attended any sort of political event. Starting to follow Gary Johnson, though, I have thought "it would be really cool to meet him, and to hear him talk in person!" And had that thought when an event was created for him appearing in New Mexico earlier in the week. Then, up pops an event with him in DC. That's close! I was trying to figure out how to rearrange my work schedule so I could go, and up pops another event in Richmond. The DC event was a "meet and greet" somewhere with drinks (THAT would have been nice) and in Richmond there was a "rally" at VCU. Drinks is more my style, but my schedule could only be rearranged to get to Richmond so that is where I went!
Gary is just the same in person as in the videos I have seen of him online. He is consistent with his message, and what really stood out to me was the question portion. He answered every question, and they were not pre-screened. He didn't go on tangents and avoid ANY topic. He may have started in a direction that seemed to not address the question, but it always, always tied back in. Basically, it would go like this "What do you think about X?" and he would reply "Z blah blah Y blah blah, and that's why for X...." it's nice listening to a politician that is up front.
Here are some pictures from the event! I even got to shake his hand and get a picture, I was thrilled!