Tom was in Marthaâ€™s Vineyard with his daughter when they stopped at Nancyâ€™s Restaurant in Oak Bluffs, MA, to grab a bite to eat. A huge crowd surrounded the restaurant, and The Magnet was quickly informed that the first family was dining inside. (Looks like Tom and Obama have similar tastesâ€¦who knew?)
The Magnet had a chance to speak with the president upon the completion of his meal. After shaking Obamaâ€™s hand, Tom reminded the commander-in-chief of their meeting with Spike Lee just a year prior â€“ an encounter that Obama remembered. Tom proceeded to tell the President that he had a gift for him from baseball great, Yogi Berra.
â€œLetâ€™s see what you have there,â€ Obama said. After receiving the photo, Obama exclaimed, â€œThatâ€™s fantastic!â€ before passing the signed photo off to Marvin Nicholson.
The president began to walk away, but the encounter wasnâ€™t over yet â€“ Obama stopped, turned around, and asked Tom if his contact info was in the envelope with the gifted photograph before hopping into his black SUV. (Looks like the President condones sending thank you notesâ€¦good etiquette never goes out of style!)
Photo by Max Bossman
The Magnet only had nice things to say about his second encounter with President Barack Obama. â€œHe was just as gracious and kind to me as he was the first time,â€ Tom said.