Five words you don't forget after meeting Obama

Nanango MP Deb Frecklington met United States President Barack Obama during the G20 World Leaders Summit.
Nanango MP Deb Frecklington met United States President Barack Obama during the G20 World Leaders Summit.

SHE has spent the past week rubbing shoulders with presidents, prime ministers, first ladies and world leaders.

She was the government's face of the G20 World Leaders Summit.  

But it was five words that Nanango MP Deb Frecklington will never forget.  

"Great to meet you Deb."  

United States President Barack Obama took time out after delivering his historic address at the University of Queensland at the weekend to meet with people who had secured the hottest ticket in town.  

Ms Frecklington, along with a sprinkling of dignitaries, was fortunate enough to secure one of those tickets.  

But she could not give him one of the packets of Kingaroy peanuts that she carried to give to dignitaries she met during the summit.  

"Barack Obama actually stopped, shook my hand and said it was a pleasure to meet me," she said.  

"It was such a surreal moment and one that I will never forget.  

"It is not every day that you get the opportunity to meet the President of the United States."  

But it did not stop there.    

Ms Frecklington was hand-picked to escort Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan through a private viewing on the Queensland Museum.

She gave numerous interviews to Chinese and international media throughout the G20 Summit.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for me," she said.

"I certainly did not expect any of this when I was fortunate enough to be elected."It was a fabulous week and an experience that I will probably never get to do again."

But it was not all plain sailing for the woman who grew up on a cattle property and is seen as a rising star in the government.

She nearly missed her appointment to welcome the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Brisbane."I ended up walking to the meeting because of all the road closures," she said.

"The police stopped me from crossing the road because of a motorcade that was passing by.

"It was actually the Indian Prime Minister's and once the police re-opened the street I literally had to run to get there in time."Luckily I made it just as he was walking through the door."


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