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11-year-old Reporter Lands an Interview with Obama

After waiting a year for a response from the White House, 11-year-old Damon Weaver landed an interview with President Obama.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And finally tonight, a very young journalist lands a major interview. Eleven-year-old Damon Weaver of Pahokee in South Florida is a reporter for his elementary school's television station. During the 2008 election, he interviewed then-Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden.

    Yesterday at the White House, he interviewed the man who was at the top of the ticket then, now-President Barack Obama. Here are some excerpts.

  • DAMON WEAVER, Elementary School Reporter:

    All across America, money is being cut from education. How can education be improved with all these cuts?

  • U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

    Well, you know, we've, actually, here in the administration, tried to put more money into schools. And there are a lot of schools all across the country that are getting new buildings and new facilities. We're now putting more money into training good teachers and giving them more support.

    And so we think it's important to put more money into the schools, but money alone is not going to make the difference. We've also got to improve how the schools are operating. And we have really been trying to focus on, how do you find the best schools, and figure out what it is that they're doing well, and then trying to get other schools that aren't doing so well to do the same kinds of things that the schools that are doing well are doing?

    So I hope that we can really see some improvement, not just with money, but also reforming how the schools work.

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