11-year-old hobnobs with two presidents

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

In the lingo of an 11-year-old boy, it was cool... “ VERY” cool.

Liam Hadall uses the word “cool” several times and sometimes opts for “special” in describing his one-in-a-lifetime meeting with former U. S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Liam, dad Ken and mom Kathy were on hand with other VIPs when the two former U. S. presidents travelled to Canada earlier this year for a much-publicized speaking engagement in Toronto.

The Dundas family counts among its friends HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, and through that friendship, the opportunity presented itself to meet our southern neighbour’s 42nd and 43rd presidents. Before the presentation began May 29 at the Toronto convention centre, Liam and his parents waited in a small room with about 20 others for a personal introduction to the dignitaries.

Liam was the only youngster in the room, and when George W. Bush and his Secret Service entourage entered, the former president greeted an awestruck Liam with, "Hi dude," shook his hand and asked his name.

“He (the president) then asked me if I was 14 years old,” said Liam. “And when I said that I was 11, he said, ‘They sure grow them big in Canada.’"

Before moving on to welcome others, Mr. Bush asked Liam a final question about school.

“I told him that I went to Hillfield Strathallan College and that I was playing hooky,” said Liam. “He said, "Tell your teacher that you spent the day with the President of the United States of America."

Liam — with help from his dad — also came away with an exclusive personal autograph from Mr. Bush.

Photos were taken of Liam and his family with Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton, before Secret Service agents escorted the family to their front-row seats.

“It was very special,” Liam said of the evening.

After the former presidents’ addresses, Liam and his dad headed off to get the family’s car. They were greeted outside the auditorium by a throng of television cameras and reporters

Liam shied away from the attention, but finally uttered a few words for one persistent news crew.

“I didn't want to do any interviews because I had done some before and didn't like it,” said Liam. “I did a short interview with Global that was on TVs across Canada. It was cool.”

At this point Liam isn’t sure he’ll follow in the footsteps of his famous acquaintances Bush and Clinton. An intrusive media makes the 11-year-old shun the political spotlight.

“I don't know if I want to go in to politics because when we are with some of our famous friends like Doug Gilmour and Bobby Orr, people always bother them and us,” said Liam. “I don't really like that. At some games, TV people want to talk to my Dad, too, and I want him and I to leave because sometimes they talk to him too long.”

However, all in all, it was a cool, “ VERY” cool experience.

Liam’s dad, Ken, started his own company 11 years ago to develop private label food products from around the world for President's Choice (Loblaws). The company’s clientele has now grown to Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys and The Hudson’s Bay Company. Mr. Hadall said his longtime friendships with the Gretzkys, Doug Gilmour, Bobby Orr and others has allowed the family to forge friendships among many celebrities.

“As an 11-year-old, Liam is definitely well beyond his years and has seen a lot around this large and crazy world of ours,” said Mr. Hadall.

The family’s next trip is to the Olympics in Vancouver, where they will be guests at some of the final medal events, as well as the closing ceremonies.

11-year-old hobnobs with two presidents

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

In the lingo of an 11-year-old boy, it was cool... “ VERY” cool.

Liam Hadall uses the word “cool” several times and sometimes opts for “special” in describing his one-in-a-lifetime meeting with former U. S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Liam, dad Ken and mom Kathy were on hand with other VIPs when the two former U. S. presidents travelled to Canada earlier this year for a much-publicized speaking engagement in Toronto.

The Dundas family counts among its friends HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, and through that friendship, the opportunity presented itself to meet our southern neighbour’s 42nd and 43rd presidents. Before the presentation began May 29 at the Toronto convention centre, Liam and his parents waited in a small room with about 20 others for a personal introduction to the dignitaries.

Liam was the only youngster in the room, and when George W. Bush and his Secret Service entourage entered, the former president greeted an awestruck Liam with, "Hi dude," shook his hand and asked his name.

“He (the president) then asked me if I was 14 years old,” said Liam. “And when I said that I was 11, he said, ‘They sure grow them big in Canada.’"

Before moving on to welcome others, Mr. Bush asked Liam a final question about school.

“I told him that I went to Hillfield Strathallan College and that I was playing hooky,” said Liam. “He said, "Tell your teacher that you spent the day with the President of the United States of America."

Liam — with help from his dad — also came away with an exclusive personal autograph from Mr. Bush.

Photos were taken of Liam and his family with Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton, before Secret Service agents escorted the family to their front-row seats.

“It was very special,” Liam said of the evening.

After the former presidents’ addresses, Liam and his dad headed off to get the family’s car. They were greeted outside the auditorium by a throng of television cameras and reporters

Liam shied away from the attention, but finally uttered a few words for one persistent news crew.

“I didn't want to do any interviews because I had done some before and didn't like it,” said Liam. “I did a short interview with Global that was on TVs across Canada. It was cool.”

At this point Liam isn’t sure he’ll follow in the footsteps of his famous acquaintances Bush and Clinton. An intrusive media makes the 11-year-old shun the political spotlight.

“I don't know if I want to go in to politics because when we are with some of our famous friends like Doug Gilmour and Bobby Orr, people always bother them and us,” said Liam. “I don't really like that. At some games, TV people want to talk to my Dad, too, and I want him and I to leave because sometimes they talk to him too long.”

However, all in all, it was a cool, “ VERY” cool experience.

Liam’s dad, Ken, started his own company 11 years ago to develop private label food products from around the world for President's Choice (Loblaws). The company’s clientele has now grown to Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys and The Hudson’s Bay Company. Mr. Hadall said his longtime friendships with the Gretzkys, Doug Gilmour, Bobby Orr and others has allowed the family to forge friendships among many celebrities.

“As an 11-year-old, Liam is definitely well beyond his years and has seen a lot around this large and crazy world of ours,” said Mr. Hadall.

The family’s next trip is to the Olympics in Vancouver, where they will be guests at some of the final medal events, as well as the closing ceremonies.

11-year-old hobnobs with two presidents

News Sep 25, 2009 Ancaster News

In the lingo of an 11-year-old boy, it was cool... “ VERY” cool.

Liam Hadall uses the word “cool” several times and sometimes opts for “special” in describing his one-in-a-lifetime meeting with former U. S. presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Liam, dad Ken and mom Kathy were on hand with other VIPs when the two former U. S. presidents travelled to Canada earlier this year for a much-publicized speaking engagement in Toronto.

The Dundas family counts among its friends HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, and through that friendship, the opportunity presented itself to meet our southern neighbour’s 42nd and 43rd presidents. Before the presentation began May 29 at the Toronto convention centre, Liam and his parents waited in a small room with about 20 others for a personal introduction to the dignitaries.

Liam was the only youngster in the room, and when George W. Bush and his Secret Service entourage entered, the former president greeted an awestruck Liam with, "Hi dude," shook his hand and asked his name.

“He (the president) then asked me if I was 14 years old,” said Liam. “And when I said that I was 11, he said, ‘They sure grow them big in Canada.’"

Before moving on to welcome others, Mr. Bush asked Liam a final question about school.

“I told him that I went to Hillfield Strathallan College and that I was playing hooky,” said Liam. “He said, "Tell your teacher that you spent the day with the President of the United States of America."

Liam — with help from his dad — also came away with an exclusive personal autograph from Mr. Bush.

Photos were taken of Liam and his family with Mr. Bush and Mr. Clinton, before Secret Service agents escorted the family to their front-row seats.

“It was very special,” Liam said of the evening.

After the former presidents’ addresses, Liam and his dad headed off to get the family’s car. They were greeted outside the auditorium by a throng of television cameras and reporters

Liam shied away from the attention, but finally uttered a few words for one persistent news crew.

“I didn't want to do any interviews because I had done some before and didn't like it,” said Liam. “I did a short interview with Global that was on TVs across Canada. It was cool.”

At this point Liam isn’t sure he’ll follow in the footsteps of his famous acquaintances Bush and Clinton. An intrusive media makes the 11-year-old shun the political spotlight.

“I don't know if I want to go in to politics because when we are with some of our famous friends like Doug Gilmour and Bobby Orr, people always bother them and us,” said Liam. “I don't really like that. At some games, TV people want to talk to my Dad, too, and I want him and I to leave because sometimes they talk to him too long.”

However, all in all, it was a cool, “ VERY” cool experience.

Liam’s dad, Ken, started his own company 11 years ago to develop private label food products from around the world for President's Choice (Loblaws). The company’s clientele has now grown to Shoppers Drug Mart, Sobeys and The Hudson’s Bay Company. Mr. Hadall said his longtime friendships with the Gretzkys, Doug Gilmour, Bobby Orr and others has allowed the family to forge friendships among many celebrities.

“As an 11-year-old, Liam is definitely well beyond his years and has seen a lot around this large and crazy world of ours,” said Mr. Hadall.

The family’s next trip is to the Olympics in Vancouver, where they will be guests at some of the final medal events, as well as the closing ceremonies.