Damon Weaver, who was 11 when he received national acclaim at a 2009 interview with President Barack Obama, has died.
Weaver died on May 1, his sister Candace Hardy told Palm Beach Post he was 23.Hardy said he died of natural causes.
No further details were immediately released. Weaver is studying communications at Albany State University in Georgia.
On August 13, 2009, he gave a 10-minute interview with Obama.In a conversation posted to YouTube, Weaver focuses mostly on education, including what can be done to improve school lunches.
“I remember when I used to have lunch at school, sometimes they weren’t that delicious, I had to admit,” Obama said. Is it better? Because there was a lot of school lunches, including French fries, pizza, tater tots. All types of food that are unbalanced “
Weaver said: “I suggest we eat french fries and mango for lunch every day.”
Weaver also told the president he appeared to be “bullied a lot” and asked how Obama handled it.
“I think when you are president you have to take responsibility for a lot of things,” Obama said. “A lot of people have a hard time and they’re hurting there. And the main thing I try to do is to focus on trying to do a good job and try to understand that sometimes people get crazy about things. ”
Weaver also interviewed Vice President Joe Biden and basketball legend Dwyane Wade. He told Obama the sports star promised to play one-on-one with the president if he agreed to sit back and answer his questions.
“Are you willing to play with him in a one-on-one basketball game?” Asked the weaver.
“I’m going to play Dwyane Wade,” Obama said. “I have to admit Dwyane Wade is a little bit better at basketball than I am.”
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Weaver also asked the former president to be his “local boy”, noting Biden had agreed.
“Of course,” Obama grinned, shaking Weaver’s hand.
“He’s a nice, sincere, very intelligent person,” Hardy said of her brother. He never said no one “
She said the interview with Obama was “a once-in-a-lifetime experience… it changed life for him.”
Weaver started out in journalism in Grade 5 as a volunteer at the school’s press release at the KE Cunningham / Canal Point Elementary in the Okeechobee Lake farming community in Florida.
“Damon was the kid who ran after me to the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher Brian Zimmerman told Palm Beach Post in 2016. In his presence on the camera, you can see his personality come through. He’s not nervous when he’s in the camera. “