Student Reporter Who Interviewed Former President Barack Obama At The White House Dies At 23

The family of the student reporter who gained national acclaim after he interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 announced that he died of natural causes.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Damon Weaver was 23 at the time of his passing on May 1.

His sister confirmed his death to Palm Beach Post. No further details were provided.

Weaver was only 11-years-old when he interviewed forever President Barack Obama for 10 minutes in the Diplomatic Room in August 2009 and asked questions that focused primarily on education, such as bullying and school lunches.

Weaver also asked Obama to be his “homeboy,” adding that then-Vice President Joe Biden had already accepted.

“Absolutely,” a smiling Obama said while shaking the boy’s hand.

Weaver got his start in fifth grade when he volunteered for his school’s newscast at K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary. Following his Obama interview, he went on to interview Oprah Winfrey and Dwyane Wade.

“He was just a nice person, genuine, very intelligent,” his sister said. “Very outspoken, outgoing. He never said no to anybody.”

“Damon was the kid who ran after me in the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher, Brian Zimmerman, told the Post in 2016. “And right away, I just saw the potential for the way he was on camera. You could see his personality come through. He wasn’t nervous being on camera.”

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