Interviewing the President
When my editor, Dante, sent an email informing me that I would interview the President of the United States, I was naturally excited and surprised. What an honor! My first thoughts were what questions should I ask, when would this happen, and, like every girl, what would I wear?
As the details kept coming in, I became more and more excited that this was really going to happen and the days began to feel like weeks. I just couldn’t wait!
The plane trip to Washington D.C. was amazing. When the pilot announced my arrival in Washington D.C., it all became a reality. I was in the nation’s capital, the home of the President, the home of the White House, the home of history.
The morning of the interview, I was able to tour the White House with my fellow Kid Reporter, Jacob. I remember adoring the White House Library. Little did I know that the interview would be held in that same room. Like any important day, there was a lot of preparation. Then a memorable moment happened. The President walked into the Library with a big smile and said, “Hello kids!” I was so surprised that he was right there that I gasped.
It was so funny because President Obama had mentioned how he was looking forward to this interview all day long, and I had been looking forward to the interview for weeks.
President Obama was everything I expected him to be: intelligent, well spoken, and very kind. He made every moment of the interview comfortable. It felt so good to be in front of the President and represent kids across the nation. I remember being proud to ask each and every question, especially my second question about children in my community. It felt good to be a reporter!
If I wasn’t surprised enough, President Obama surprised Jacob and me with Bo, the First Dog. Bo entered the room and I was able to pet him. It was so cool! Bo was so cute, soft, and well trained.
Before we said goodbye, President Obama gave Jacob and me gift bags. There were several items in the gift bag, one of which was a pocketsize Constitution that he autographed with a personal message to me. When President Obama signed my pocket sized Constitution, I felt like he had known me for such a long time and he thought very highly of me. President Obama wrote, “To Topanga – Dream big dreams!”
Little did he know that I did dream big because I was standing right next to him!
Check out the Kids Press Corps interview with President Barack Obama! And for more news for kids, by kids, visit the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website!
Photos: (top) Kid Reporter Topanga Sena stands at the podium in the White House Press Briefing Room, (bottom) Topanga's pocketsized Constitution signed by President Barack Obama. (Photos courtesy Topanga Sena)