April 11th, 2011
03:35 PM ET
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.
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.