Posted: 5:07 pm Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
By Laura Green
What is it about this full-faced 4-foot tall wannabe broadcaster that makes the media throw objectivity out the window? Forget objectivity, the people in my business have gotten downright gushy.
Damon Weaver, a 10-year-old kid who attends KE Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary, is on a quest to interview President-elect Barack Obama. And he’s got the media rooting for him.
Check out an interview earlier this week with CNN’s American Morning co-anchor Kiran Chetry, a fellow University of Maryland alum. She can’t help chuckling at Damon’s answers and calling him a “smart cookie.” (more videos after the jump)
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Damon, already a pro, asks Chetry “can I get some plugs” and proceeds to rattle off the Web address to his videos and the Obama’s change.gov site where, he says, people who want Obama to give him a “one-on-one live interview” can write to the president-elect.
Or watch the hosts of Fox & Friends last Sunday crack themselves up with his cuteness.
Recently the Hufftington Post declared: “THIS INTERVIEW MUST HAPPEN, AMERICA.”
Full disclosure: The Post has written no less than four stories featuring Damon. For the latest story go here.
Damon was also featured on NPR’s All Things Considered this afternoon. If you didn’t catch it, the audio will be available at 7 p.m. tonight, according to NPR. Or you can just go here.
Damon, who’s already interviewed VP-elect Joe Biden, Caroline Kennedy, a host of players from the Miami Heat and Hillary Clinton — with the audio off — isn’t just courting the press. He’s getting his interview subjects into the act. Dwyane Wade, who had already sat for one interview with Damon, recently filmed another spot. This one is called: “A Message to President-Elect Obama from Dwyane Wade.”
In it, Wade promises to take on the next president on the basketball court when he’s in town for an April 4 game against the Washington Wizards. That’s if Obama grants Damon, “his new friend” an interview. “I think it’ll be one of the best interviews you’ve had,” Wade promises.
Just in case Obama thinks Wade is turning soft, the pro player says: “I can’t guarantee that I will let you score.”
About the Author
Position at The Post: K-12 education reporter Here since: 2006 Hometown: Aberdeen, Md. What I blog about: Anything happening in education. Specific interests: FCAT, No Child Left Behind, special education/gifted, immigrant students, reading and math. Favorite school memory: Building solar ovens in fifth grade and cooking hot dogs in them. Smell I miss most from my schools days: The scent of ditto paper fresh off the machine. Favorite school lunch: Triple decker grilled cheese so greasy you could almost see through it. (I promise, I’ve since reformed. I’d hate to see how that lunch stacks up on the Food Pyramid.)