Obama meets students he mentioned in budget deal speech
President Obama meets with students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colorado
April 11th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Obama meets students he mentioned in budget deal speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) -All they wanted was for their class trip to Washington not to fall victim to a government shutdown. But a group of students from Colorado ended up getting a little more than just the standard class photo from the trip – a personal meeting with President Obama on the White House South Lawn.

“Now that things worked out, we figured we’d give you a little bonus,” Obama said Monday as he greeted the students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colorado.

In his remarks Friday evening following the budget deal on Capitol Hill, Obama cited a letter from Shalini Schane, a mother of one of the students in the class, who begged him to reach an agreement with Congress so her son’s trip to Washington would not be cancelled. “She wrote this wonderful letter,” Obama said as he greeted Schane and her son, and told the students he wanted to arrange a meeting with them after Schane “explained how wonderful your trip was,” in her letter.

The students, some clad in t-shirts from his 2008 campaign for the White House, asked the president what he likes most about his job (the close proximity of his house to his office), to the greatest challenge (sorting through the cacophony of voices in Washington). When a teacher with the group said “we can’t cut spending on their education,” Obama agreed. “We need to make sure these kids go to college,” he said. “Our attitude is schools should have more money.”

Following talk with the students about what sights they planned to take in, Obama posed for a group photo with the class before heading back to his office.

Topics: Budget • President Obama • White House

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