"Life didn’t get any more interesting than this," Jonathan Goldsmith writes. Politico has an excerpt from a new memoir by Goldsmith, better known as Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World," and his improbable friendship with former President Obama. The actor met Obama at a 2011 fundraiser in Vermont, shocked to find the most powerful man in the world could quote from his commercials. "The president of the United States is interested in me, the imaginary most interesting man in the world," Goldsmith recalls thinking. It was quite a turnaround for Goldsmith, who just six years earlier was living out of his truck while halfheartedly preparing for an audition for a beer commercial. Things only got more interesting from there.
Goldsmith was invited to be part of a special surprise for Obama's 50th birthday party at Camp David. He was whisked to an archery course set up for the weekend, where he quickly stuck a handful of arrows in the bull's eye ahead of Obama's arrival. He says he heard the president whisper, "Damn, this guy's good" as he approached only to burst out laughing when Goldsmith revealed himself. By the time they'd shared dinner and a cigar, they were on a first-name basis. "I think somehow hanging out with The Most Interesting Man in the World was a respite," Goldsmith writes. Read the full excerpt here for tales of Goldsmith telling off Dustin Hoffman, worrying about a heart attack while making love to Ginger from Gilligan's Island, and how he became the Most Interesting Man in the World in the first place. (Read more Most Interesting Man in the World stories.)