Orlando student lands interview of a lifetime: President Obama
August 30, 2011, 12:18 am
Topanga Sena may be the only 10-year-old who has ever asked President Barack Obama why the Constitution is still cool. Along with a student from Albuquerque, N.M., the Orlando sixth-grader interviewed the president in July as a Scholastic News Kid Reporter. Topanga, now a sixth-grader at Hunter’s Creek Middle School, got a big smile out of the president for her question. “It’s very cool to have a document that, even though it was written 220 years ago, still applies today,” Obama told her.
The interview, which was conducted in the White House library, has been posted online at http://www.scholastic.com/kidspress. Parts will be printed in Scholastic magazines that arrive in schools next week. As amazed as Topanga was to be chosen for the interview, her mother was floored. “I was crying for days. I still can’t get over it,” said Marybelle Doe, an aide for special-education students at West Creek Elementary.
She said: “Mr. President, I live in Central Florida, and some of my friends and people who live in my neighborhood have had to live in hotels because their parents lost their jobs and lost their home to foreclosure. What would you say to kids and families who are struggling in this economy?”
“We’re going to do everything we can” to keep people in their homes, start new businesses and create opportunities for people to get what he called the “jobs of the future,” Obama replied. After all the questions, the president surprised the kids with a visit from Bo, the family’s Portuguese water dog. Topanga cooed and both students pet his soft fur. The president also gave the students a pocket-sized Constitution. Inside Topanga’s, he wrote “Dream big dreams!”