When President Obama called upon Julio Osegueda to ask the last question at a gathering the President was addressing at Fort Myers, Florida, Julio showed his heart, his emotions, and a whole lot more.
He pulled at his shirt, removed his hat, and just plain crowed his delight that his president "took the time," to address the people in his community.
When urged to articulate his question, he reported that he attends college, and that he is a four-year Cape Coral McDonald's employee, because he cannot find a better job, and he wanted to know if the stimulus package would improve the limited benefits he gets through his job.
The President pointed out the tax benefit that Julio will get, and he suggested that it might assist Osegueda in financing his education. Then he capped it off with this encouraging gem, "The fact that you are working as hard as you are working, at a job that I know sometimes doesn't always pay as well as some other jobs, I think that's a source of pride for you. That shows that you're doing the right thing," Then he asked what Julio's career goal was, and Julio said that he was studying communications and wants to be, "a broadcaster or a disc jockey."
That's when the magic happened, Gary Sharp, promotions director for Class A Fort Myers Miracle, the Twins' affiliate in the Florida State League, saw the exchange, and was interested. "I contacted some people who I knew were at the event, and said 'Find this guy, and get his phone number, I gave [Julio] a call, and he was as excited talking to me as he was talking to the President. I offered Julio the chance to do color commentary during our home opener [on April 10], and he was like 'This is incredible! This is great!' There was no negotiating."
It's not an ordinary person who can keep a McDonald's job for four years, and it is even more unusual for a person in that predicament to maintain the energy and enthusiasm that Julio exhibited when addressing the president. Another special feature this guy's language revealed is his genuine respect and appreciation of people, and God.
Gary Sharp spotted some of Julio's qualities, for which he is willing to pay. "The kind of energy he brings really fits our profile," he said. "Our philosophy is 'Fun is Good', and Julio seems like the kind of guy who will help people have a great time at the ballpark."
Julio Osegueda played to President Barack Obama at an event in Fort Meyers Florida today, and what he got for his display of personality and character is an opportunity for a career and an increase in pay!