Hello everyone! My name is Brandon Adams. I am a senior at Centennial, and one of the new interns working for Mayor Wood! What an amazing and thrilling first week it has been! On Monday, I was in one of the most nervous states I have ever been in; I was meeting the most important person in the city that my father, and now myself, have grown up in, who was not only a politician, but also a UGA graduate and lawyer, all of which are my life goals. I sat waiting in Mayor Wood’s office with palms sweating, heart beat racing, and seemingly impossibly high expectations. While in the waiting room, I got to meet my two fellow interns for the first time, Mike and Lalit, with whom I immediately liked and was impressed by.
Then, the moment finally came: Mayor Wood came in, and from the start blew away my prior suppositions. He proved to be extremely intelligent, down-to-earth, and honest, the latter two of which seem very seldom in today’s politics. He also came bearing a magnificent surprise. We were going to go to the GOP Victory Dinner in Buckhead, at which U.S. Representative Tom Price and all of the other Republican movers and shakers in Georgia were at. I was besides myself with excitement to meet one of the most influential men in Congress, and I was even more ecstatic when I learned that the Minority Whip, Rep. Eric Cantor. All this excitement, and this was just the first day!
On Tuesday, we went to Roswell High School (who is going to be beaten mercilessly by Centennial in football this Friday) for Rep. Tom Price’s town hall meeting. Rep. Price was there to speak out against the health care plan offering a government run option currently circulating the House, and provide an alternative to it, which would “place the power with the patient.” There were many good commentaries by members of the crowd, and when I had to leave to get back home at 8:30, there was still a seemingly endless line of concerned constituents to go.
On Wednesday, I attended the Volunteer cookout at Mayor Wood’s law office. The event garnered an awesome turn out, making me confident that the people of Roswell know what is best for them and the city they love! And if this first week is an indication of how the internship will go, I’m in for the greatest experience of my life.