Turns out the rosy-cheeked Auburn fan who ended a raucous man-on-the-street interview with Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera last night with a “War Eagle” is a former Auburn SGA Vice President.
Brad Buck, a Birmingham lawyer, was on vacation in Washington D.C., eating a late dinner with friends in Arlington, Va. when he received a text message telling him to turn on the news.
“Pretty soon, the pundits started speculating that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and we watched the announcement right there in the restaurant,” Buck said. “People flooded into the restaurant and everyone started screaming and yelling and cheering rand raising their glasses. It was interesting to see, the mix of people celebrating. Then we heard people were going to the White House, so we went.”
When arrived, he saw a large crowd celebrating Bin Laden’s death with chants of “U-S-A.”
And he saw Geraldo.
Buck’s group happened to walk past the Fox News anchor as he walking out of a gate by Pebble Beach, the area of the White House’s north lawn where television correspondents do their stand-up shots. He was looking for people to interview.
“I was just trying to stand there behind him in the background, but I made my mind up — if he puts the mic in front of me for comments, I’ll give a ‘War Eagle’, otherwise I’ll just be a spectator,” Buck said.
After talking to some Canadian dude, Geraldo found Buck.
“Hey, we got him,” Buck said, smiling. “Credit to President Bush, President Obama… and War Eagle!”
His cell phone “started blowing up” immediately afterward, he said.
“I’ve always been proud of Auburn, whether they’re winning the national championship or coordinating tornado disaster relief for our brothers and sisters in Tuscaloosa.”
Buck graduated from Auburn in 2002 and served as SGA Vice President in 2000. He lived in D.C. for two years after college and served as press secretary for Congress Robert Aderholdt (R-AL) before returning to Alabama to get his law degree at the University of Alabama.
“Whenever I have a chance to give Auburn a shout out, I do.”
Buck continued his vacation in New York City today and plans to visit Ground Zero on Wednesday.
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