Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoys their food, holiday and of course political discourse with relatives you see once per year. With that being said, here are five people I would love to break bread and have Thanksgiving dinner with.

5. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. MLK

A true advocate for peace, love and prosperity. We hear rumblings from people that love conquers all and that we should all love whole heartedly. But this man lived it in a time where it would have been real easy to hate the enemy. I really love what he stood for and the world could always use more people like him.

4. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson The Rock

If there is something to be said about The Rock, he never forgot where he came from. I think that matters. Because of that, he is always giving back by making time for his fans. I personally think that is really great and noble of him. He doesn’t have to because he doesn’t owe his fans anything. But, he goes above and beyond for them. He is also one of the hardest working dudes in Hollywood. He is always good for a cheesy one-liner that only sounds good when he says it.

3. Walt Disney disney-on-dreaming-walt-disney1

He is the definition of how words and ideas can change the world. Ideas like chasing your dreams, doing the impossible and believing you can accomplish anything is not only inspiring, it is very moving. He created an empire with his company. It started with the simplest idea…Mickey Mouse. If you read this blog frequently, you already know my obsession with Disney World. It is only fitting that I would want the creator of the most magical place on Earth at my Thanksgiving table. Always remember…

There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Shining at the end of everyday
There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
Just a dream away
Man has a dream
And that’s the start
He follows his dream
With mind and heart
When it becomes a reality
It’s a dream come true
For you and me

2. Nelson MandelaMandela

A true leader are the first words that come to mind when I think of the late Nelson Mandela. It was a sad day when I found out he passed. Truly one of my favorite political figures to ever exist. One of the many things I loved about Mandela was his leadership. He defined integrity. He believed that true leaders stepped into the light when the darkness was upon them. But then, when the light came, he would put others in front. In other words, when things are going well, let everyone else take credit. When things are going sour, you be the fall man and take the front line. Some may call that martyrdom, I call it heroic. Nelson Mandela is the epitome of a hero.

1. Barack Obama Obama

Some of the many things he did while in office that made me gravitate toward him include shutting down Guantanamo Bay, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, pushing to legalize gay marriage, Obamacare and restoring diplomacy among other nations. That is all well and good. But more than anything else, I love his charismatic personality, one liners and dad jokes. I know he had the most important job in the US. He did it the best he could But, I love that he didn’t take himself ultra serious. He knew how to find that balance and I love that. If you can’t laugh at yourself, then get the fuck out. I have no time for you. He knew what many people from the right thought about him and he took it in stride. In all honesty, he is probably going to go down as my favorite president ever. Anyone who comes after him certainly has a lot to live up to in my eyes.

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