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Bennett Middle School Student Interviews President Obama

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SALISBURY, Md. - A 6th grader from Bennett Middle School in Salisbury scored the interview of a life-time.  12-year-old Osman Yahya interviewed President Obama Thursday in Washington D.C.

The event was hosted by "Discovery Education."  Yahya had been a part of events hosted by the organization in the past.  A few days before the interview was to take place, Osman Yahya got the news at home.

"Best news ever.  She's like, 'We want you to come back and we want you to interview someone.' And I said, do you know who it is?  And they're like, the President," Yahya said.  The 12-year-old said it was tough to contain his excitement. 

Thursday's event began around 11:45 am and Yahya was the host of the festivities.  His duties included not only asking President Obama questions, but also fielding questions from the live audience of middle school kids, as well as the live audience of classrooms across the country who has previously submitted their questions.

The questions were all about education and reading.  Yahya asked President Obama about his love of reading, favorite books, and which books inspired the President growing up.  And Yahya took control of the interview.  When an audience member asked President Obama how to overcome writer's block, Yahya stepped in a few moments later telling the President it was time to move on which garnered plenty of laughs from President Obama and the live audience.

As the event wrapped up, President Obama thanked the Salisbury 6th grader for doing a wonderful job as a host and Osman Yahya signed off with a confident, "Thanks for watching."

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