As the U.S. presidential election heated up last year, eleven year-old Damon Weaver of Canal Point, Florida became an unlikely reporter covering the race. With his cameraman and classmate Omar, Damon got face-time with some of the biggest names on the political scene, including Hillary Clinton, Caroline Kennedy and a now classic interview with Joe Biden.
Along the way, Damon developed quite a fanbase. (Me included.) Seasoned reporters from big-name news organizations — CNN, Fox, NBC, etc. — took note. In instances where Damon was the one interviewing them, they strained to hide their curious smirks. But they answered all his questions honestly and in language that any fifth grader could understand. And that’s really been the beauty in Damon’s reporting. He asks good, simple, relevant questions and he usually gets easy-to-understand answers.
Most notably, during ABC’s election night coverage, a tuxedo-clad Damon was included. He sat in ABC’s studios next to Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. Even Charles Gibson looked a little impressed. (And we all know Charlie can mean-mug with the best of them.)
While Damon’s rise was rather enchanting, he made it clear that what he really, really wanted was an interview with the big dawg himself: Barack Obama. Well, he finally — FINALLY! — got it.
I grinned the whole time I watched this. And I’m not ashamed to say I got a little teary-eyed, too.