Last year at BlogWorld I met Andrew Breitbart and it was under very strange circumstances. He was one of the speakers at the closing keynote session they had with Chris Brogan, Chris Pirillo, Shuana Glenn and Sara Benincasa. I got to the keynote early and found a nice seat up front. Before the session started I sat at a huge roundtable and others quickly filled it up.
We start making small talk and we are discussing everything that we do and one guy says my client is speaking here at BlogWorld. I was thinking at the time that it was during the show and that was it.
The keynote session starts and I had never heard of Andrew Breitbart before and he was one of the first speakers. I think he was actually second now that I think about it. This was the famous session where everyone had videos of themselves that was talked about for weeks on the blogosphere. The session went on and Andrew talked I kept saying to myself who is guy, and who does he think he is. In a way he was like me and wasn't afraid to speak his mind and I found that kind of cool.
Then he started getting into politics and my opinion of him kind of turned sour. I totally didn't agree with what he was saying, I found it interesting but I didn't agree with it. This is what he was good at doing, making you think about things in a way that you probably weren't thinking about. I didn't realize it but to me he was coming off as conceited and his way was the right way no questions about it.
After the session was over the guy sitting next to me said “How did you like the session?” My answer was it was pretty good except that Andrew guy turned me off. Within a minute Andrew came to the table and said Hello to everyone. The guy next to me says “This is Andrew, my client.” It was one of the funniest moments I have ever had at a show. We all had a good laugh as the guy told Andrew what I had told him. Andrew got what I meant and we laughed about it as he didn't have time to debate me on anything. I am sure we could have talked for hours if we had time.
They were in a hurry to get out of there because Andrew had to be on Fox news or CNN or something. I gave them a quick tip on how to get out of the Javits quickly and where get a cab. I left about 45 minutes later and saw them both standing outside at another place near the Javits and they couldn't get a cab. I remember laughing to myself as I walked away how this this guy should have listened to me because he couldn't hail a cab. I figured I would never hear this guys name mentioned again.
A few weeks later he broke the whole Anthony Weiner scandal
RIP Andrew! Thanks for the good laugh at Blogworld. It was a pleasure meeting you even if it was brief.