Andy Guerrero on hugging the First Lady and having his fauxhawk blessed by the Dalai Lama
What else did you say to her?
I actually said, 'I want you to know I believe in you as much as you believe in America.' [Laughs.] It was all kind of a blur. I was thinking, 'Hey, I just gave the First Lady my card.' And then I was like, 'Damnit! Of all times to not have a Bop Skizzum CD.' I could have totally given it to the First Lady. She could have totally been doing push-ups to Bop Skizzum right right now.
Did she hug everybody? Is she a hugger?
No, not everybody. She hugged some of the kids and stuff. There was a lot of shaking hands and stuff. I'd say she's definitely a hugger, but it wasn't like everybody. There were these two little girls next to me, and for some reason they started crying. And she was like, 'Why are you crying? It's okay!' You can tell she's a mother. She's just not fake.
She genuinely cares about the country, about the people she meets. She's like our Jackie Kennedy. To me, meeting her is almost better than meeting the president. I mean, I want to meet the president, but this was just amazing. I was like, 'I'm in shock. The First Lady is talking to me. The FLOTUS. Yeah, she likes me. She saw me when she came out.' I had my leather jacket on, some good cologne. I looked Sexy Mexican.
You posted on Facebook that you were in love. How does your wife feel about that?
She was fine with that. She knows, if I was to be in love with someone, it should be the First Lady. I would give her a pass if she declared her love for the president. Plus, she's in love with Michelle, too.
You are one of maybe fifty people in the world who can say you've met an Obama and the Dalai Lama. How do the two experiences compare?
Flobots performed at the Peace Jam with the Dalai Lama and a bunch of Nobel Peace Prize winners, in 2006. I remember being backstage at DU. He has a mad amount of security. I guess people are trying to kill him all the time. It was just crazy. He walked in the room, and it was just instantly a different kind of energy. I don't want to sound too hippie-ish, but all of a sudden, there was just this positive energy in the room.
He was coming up the stairs, and blessing people with that hand gesture he does, that kind of triangle thing with the bow. He saw my hair, and he pointed at me and laughed, and then he did this whole blessing with his hands, like he put them in the shape of a Mohawk. He blessed me because I guess I made him laugh. It was pretty awesome.
So these are some pretty heavy people, obviously. Who could you possibly want to meet next?
I'm assuming every four years I'm meant to meet some kind of global leader, spiritual leader. It'll probably have to be some legendary rocker who's also really cool. Like Paul McCartney or Bono. There aren't that many people like that left. Like Springsteen, or Dylan. One of those guys would be cool.
Our generation needs to get on this. Lady Gaga isn't really gonna cut it.
I already met Lady Gaga. Flobots played this thing in Germany, a tiny label showcase before our record came out, and it was us and her and some band from Iceland. It was right before her first album, right before it blew up. I was like, 'What is this?' I kinda thought I was too cool for school. I didn't think at the time that it might have been good to get Lady Gaga's phone number. Meeting Conan, that was one big thing of my list. I've loved him forever. I got to give him my shirt after the show. You know, I'd really love to meet Jon Stewart, or Colbert. Jon Stewart is like my hero.
Well, I love Jon Stewart, too. But he's no Dalai Lama.
Yeah. Yeah. I guess I can say that is true. Gonna be hard to top these two. Gonna have to be somebody really legendary.
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