As our Premier's announcement continues to reverberate around the country I can't help but think back to that day in April 2002, I belive it was, that my wife and I were travelling to Fliorida for a vacation. I saw Mr. Williams in the St. John's airport and I wondered to myself where he would be sitting. With his financial resources, I assumed it would be in Executive class of course. I took my seat on the plane and there was an empty aisle seat next to me for quite some time. I see Danny coming down the aisle and to my surprise he sits down in that empty seat. Well, anyone that knows me understands that I can talk as I have been in sales for 17 years. The other thing is, I am a student of business and genuinely interested in how business people have created their businesses. The next three hours for me were very interesting. I asked him many questions about his career in business and he was very gracious throughout the whole conversation. There are many things he said that day that have stuck with me concerning business but it was his response to my questions about politics that I found just as interesting. If memory serves me right on the date of this encounter it was either rumoured or confirmed that he would be running for politics for the first time very shortly. I could not help but ask him why he would be interested in such a move. I asked him "why would a man with your financial success be interested in running for public office?" He said "because I think I can make a difference".
Since that day I have watched him become Premier and take on some really big challenges. I like many other have been astounded at his energy for the job. There were times when he became a little too bombastic and I felt uncomfortable. I would reflect on that plane ride and realize that he stayed true to his word and tried to make a difference.
Say what you will about the guy, but he did not need to take on this job.
He certainly wasn't perfect but I am glad he took the time to do it.