This afternoon, President Obama participated in a Discovery Education “virtual field trip,” where he discussed current events with middle school students in person and via livestream from a middle school in Washington, D.C.
He found out the hard way that, while the media may tolerate his long-winded answers that say quite a bit while also saying basically nothing, ten to 12 year olds are not as forgiving. The panel’s middle school moderator, Osman Yahya, an adorable, bespectacled kid whose achievements earned him the right to question the President, was a more professional political moderator than almost anyone who’s hosted the President in the past.
Behold, the deft with which young Osman tells the President, as politely as possible, to please wrap it up after the Commander in Chief had rambled on for several minutes about his approach to writer’s block, something a man with a team of speechwriters wouldn’t be very familiar with.
The President quickly moved on to discussing his favorite books as a kid, which include works by Dr. Seuss, Treasure Island, the Lord of the Rings series, Harry Potter, the Hardy Boys mysteries as well as more adult works like The Great Gatsby and Of Mice and Men. After he leaves office, he told the children that he’ll be going back to community organizing, because that’s what he knows best, and because saying that he’ll spend his golden years perfecting his golf handicap doesn’t sound quite so inspirational.
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