MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Many would likely consider the children standing behind President Barack Obama during his speech at Mooresville Middle Thursday the luckiest students in the school. Seventh grader Andrew Mauney might disagree.
Mauney and a classmate, Dylan Bean, were selected to be the President’s personal tour guides for his trip to Mooresville.
“Watching him walk around the corner, I was just thinking, ‘Wow, this is the President of the United States and I’m about to talk to him.’ That was an amazing, really great feeling,” recalled Mauney.
The boys showed President Obama around the school, ushered him from classroom to classroom and even had the intimidating duty of keeping the Commander in Chief on task.
“He was taller and skinnier than I expected him to be. He was really a laid back guy, too,” said Mauney.
Mauney also said he had the chance to take pictures with the President and hold several conversations about school, technology and a common passion.
“We talked basketball. Me and the other student showing him around both play on the basketball team and I know he loves basketball too. We could all kind of relate with that,” explained Mauney. “He even said he wished there was time for us to play each other.”