We’re about to sit down and enjoy a sandwich we just picked up from Cosi. If it’s good enough for the Chief Justice, it’s good enough for us.
Normally we’d wash our hands first. But not today.
Why? Because we just met Harriet Miers — and shook her hand!
We were crossing the street at 15th and L Streets in downtown Washington, shortly after 2 PM today. Walking towards us were three well-dressed, older lawyers: two tall men, and a much shorter woman.
We had that feeling of “we know her from somewhere.” And suddenly it hit us:
ATL: “Oh my goodness. You’re Harriet Miers!!!”
ATL: “Wow, I’m a huge fan of yours. Thank you for all of your great work!”
We then shook hands with the former Supreme Court nominee. Her handshake was just right: firm, but far from crushing.
More details from this sighting, after the jump.
We were impressed by Harriet Miers’s appearance (even though we haven’t always been). She was quite petite, and considerably more attractive than we expected. She was wearing a black-and-white suit and a tasteful amount of make-up. She was elegant, albeit in a 1980′s sort of way (and reminded us of our mother in this respect).
After shaking hands with Harriet Miers, we noticed that the light was about to change — and we were detaining her in the crosswalk. Her two male colleagues were looking at us impatiently. So we started to say our goodbyes and scamper off:
ATL: “It has been an honor to meet you. And sorry to interrupt!”
HEM: “Not a problem. Thank you — you’re very nice!”
We were just called “very nice” — by a former White House Counsel and Supreme Court nominee. Oh happy day!
(Of course, we don’t know if Miers would have called us “very nice” if she knew what we’ve written about her. Thankfully, we understand that she scrupulously avoids reading coverage of herself, just like certain other celebrities. E.g., Jennifer Aniston.)