Damon Weaver’s stuck his mic in the faces of the likes of Vice President-Elect Joe Biden, future Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and possible New York Senate-seat-holder Caroline Kennedy. So what makes him any different from your standard political pundit? He’s just ten years old.
And now the Florida fifth grader is gunning for the biggest interview of his TV news career: he wants to land President-Elect Barack Obama.
Weaver is an anchorman for KEC-TV news, the show produced by fifth and sixth graders at Canal Point Elementary School in Pahokee, Florida. His four-minute bid for the Obama interview has gotten more than forty thousand hits on YouTube, and he’s got a second video with Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade and forward Shawn Marion putting in a few good words for the little man.
Marion says he’ll play the president-elect one-on-one if he’ll interview Weaver – although he can’t promise he’ll let him win. And Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin? He’s a graduate of Weaver’s elementary school, and he’s chipped in some cash to help get the pre-teen to the inauguration. The school threw a carnival to help make it happen too; and the boy will spend an entire week in D.C. in January. That’s when he hopes Obama will grant a few moments of his time for an aspiring reporter.
“I can interview you any time, any day of that week – just have your people call my people,” Weaver says with a wide grin at the end of his YouTube message.”If you want to be my homeboy just like Joe Biden, all you have to do is just let me interview you.”
Well-spoken (especially for a ten-year-old), Weaver is polite, sweet and hopeful. He’s got just the right mix of “I can do it” and “oh please, let me do it” that makes you want to root for him. And he’s done his homework – his video has clips not just of the NBA and NFL stars but of the agricultural importance of his hometown and the classrooms where he spends his days. He might be “just a kid,” but he’s obviously got something to say about the country’s future – and his own.
So what do you think? Should Obama give this kid an interview and help make a real reporter out of him?