Damon Weaver, Junior journalist at the White House

ABC News' Vija Udenans reports:

Damon Weaver, an 11-year old journalist from Florida followed his dream to get an interview with Pres Obama at the White House yesterday.

The student from Kathryn E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary school in western Palm Beach County Florida had interviewed Vice-President Biden on the campaign trail. Today he told ABC News that “President Obama is not much long-winded as Biden”.

He compared both men favorably saying, “Both are nice, both give good on details” and he likes to “hang around with both of them.”

He had specifically wanted to know if the president “had the power to improve school lunches”, because they “have a bad taste.” If Damon had his wish, school lunches would include “mangoes and French fries” but the president encouraged the young man to “eat his lunch to grow big and strong”.

Damon got the big scoop that the President will give a back-to-school address to kids on Sept 8 and stress the importance of education.

If there were any other politician to interview, the young journalist wants to find someone to talk to him about education. Damon would like to see “single gender classes” because “some kids in class focus on boys and girls.”

Damon’s face lit up as he described meeting with the First Dog. “Bo is a pretty dog. I like his 2 front feet. He listens to some of his commands. I told him to sit, but he laid down. When the pictures were done, they told him to get up, but he put his head down!”

Now that Damon has interviewed the leaders of the free world, politicians hold no more allure for him. He says politicians are “fun” but “ I got what I wanted.” He wants to interview football players next. He readily admits that he does not plan on becoming a fulltime journalist; he wants to be an astronaut.

After the whirlwind White House visit, Damon Weaver’s words of advice to other kids, “Think positive, go to school, do your homework, and if you have a dream, go for it.”

(PHOTO CREDIT – Steve Joya)

-- Vija Udenans

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