The student reporter who managed to attain a sit-down interview on the age of 11 with then-President Barack Obama in 2009 has died at 23, his household introduced.
Damon Weaver gained America’s coronary heart when the younger journalist fired off a number of questions for Obama throughout his 10-minute interview within the White House Diplomatic Room. Weaver requested Obama if he bought “bullied a lot.” Obama stated he simply tries to good job and that “keeps me going.”
Weaver additionally requested if Obama can be prepared to play Miami Heat hoops star Dwayne Wade one-on-one. Obama stated he’d be prepared, regardless that Wade is a (*23*)
He thanked the president for “making my dream come true.” Weaver requested Obama to develop into his “homeboy.”
Weaver, a local of Pahokee, Florida, turned the youngest particular person to interview a sitting president.
Weaver died May 1 of pure causes, his sister Candace Hardy told The Palm Beach Post. He was finding out communications at Georgia’s Albany State University to meet his dream of changing into a sports activities journalist, and was wanting ahead to returning to highschool within the fall, in accordance with Hardy.
She known as her brother’s interview with Obama “life-changing for him,” including that it was a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
She stated her brother was an inspiration for different kids.
“A lot of people looked up to him,” she advised the Post. “With him being so young, he made a way for more students to engage in journalism.”
She described her brother as “just a nice person, genuine, very intelligent.” He was a “ball of light with so much energy. He was always a joy to be around. He left an impact on a lot of people,” Hardy stated.
On an earlier journey to Washington, D.C., Weaver additionally interviewed Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Tucker and LL Cool J.
“I got to interview a lot of famous people, and also I got to be on the red carpet,” he stated. “I thought that was cool.”
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