Obama keeps his Bieber promise
June 27th, 2011
09:33 AM ET

Obama keeps his Bieber promise

Add another task to President Obama’s job description: matchmaker-in-chief.

There’s word Monday that the president kept a big promise to Payton Wall, a 14 year-old Justin Bieber mega fan whose father was a victim of the 9/11 attacks.

Obama met Wall during his visit to Ground Zero in May and soon learned she was a big fan of the teen idol.

“I know Justin. Maybe I could set something up,” Obama told Wall then.

Turns out he could. Wall met Bieber last week while he was in New York and posed for pictures next to the pop star and a cardboard cutout of the president.

"It was so cool. I couldn't even believe it," Wall told the New York Post, adding Bieber made her more nervous than the president.

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Jason

    I know the haters are about to come out, but that's alright Mr.President..cool that you remembered that girl and made it happen

    June 27, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • varonica

      Yup – this is high priority. A no talent singer playing it up with a no talent president. Fix the economy you bozo! And ship this nit wit back to canada. He can be their headache.

      July 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
    • Brian Smith

      Bieber made her more nervous than the president – well yeah, the president was CARDBOARD – DOH...

      July 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  2. john

    Another promise kept by President Obama. Way to go!

    June 27, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  3. Damn Repulicans

    Awwwwwwwww so sweet.....god bless the president of u-s-a

    June 27, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Payton Wall got more than what she could ever dream and I am so happy for her and sorry she is without her father. Payton got 2 for one because Obama killed her fathers murderer, Osama bin Laden.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  5. DIANA

    I'm glad President Obama was able to keep his promise and even though some of you will critize – Bless Justin Bieber for giving this girl some brightness in what must be difficult days without her father. As said in a previous post- Obama also kept another promise. He killed the man responsible for her fathers death.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  6. Jay in NC

    Barry, let me remind you, three wars, high unemployment, credit card maxed out. Don't you think you could find something better to do with your time?

    June 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • Langley Whickersham

      Have you heard of multi tasking? What is the President have to do with the fact you are not grown up enough to use your credit card wisely and not max it out? Jay let me remind you that you are an adult!

      June 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        The country's credit card is maxed out, have you not heard of the debt ceiling.

        June 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • kefa34

        american will never be destoryed
        from the outside
        if we falter and lose our freedom
        it will be because we destoryed our self
        a good man obtaineth
        favour of the lord but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

        July 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Chumlee(the real one)

      Why don't you shut up? He is running the country better than his predessesor did, at least we are emerging from the troubles. The last guy led us into the trouble.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
      • BluuFin

        Couldn't have said it better myself!

        June 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • hbinc

        What planet are you on? Sure, I agree, Bush was no great shake, but Obama is even further "out there". Don't be so political that you can't see what's in front of your face!

        June 28, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • Jason Lords

      I'm not an Obama fan (I hope he doesn't get reelected), but this was a good thing to do and acting like he has his priorities messed up is silly. From Obama it was probably 5 minutes of his time... tell a staffer to look into it and then give final approval when it is set up.

      June 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • rhumba

      Humanity is part of leadership. Too bad you and your republican heroes don't understand that.

      June 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • beadlesaz

        Well said!

        July 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
    • morphyous

      Go away. The name is PRESIDENT OBAMA.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:46 am |
    • Tracy

      Jay, you republicans are just plain stupid. The more you criticize this man, the more you fire us up, and the more he smiles. He's killing you all with kindness, and we love it.. GO OBAMA!! 2012

      June 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • ADOC

      Would appreciate it if you took your mindless drivel to another site, perhaps with viewers of a much lower IQ. You really sound very unintelligent.

      June 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • jean2009

      Mr. President...be respectful moron.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Love that Liberal double standard. You say I should be respectful yet call me a moron.

        June 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • Deke

        Yeah, like you were respectful to George W. Bush

        July 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • Tricia

      Feel better now, Jay?

      June 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
      • kefa34

        Any society that would give up liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

        July 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • pleasestop1t

      lol it is amazing...how did i know that someone like you was going to make such a irrelevant post to this article...I guess you have the smarts to fix everything in america in 4 years right?

      July 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • Calvin Paul

      May be you should set your priorities straight too. Next time never sign up for credit cards that you can't pay off. It's characters like you who led us into this mess. Wanting to live lives that you can't afford. How is that pres. Obama's or ex Pres. Bush's problem?

      July 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
    • TheGooch

      I'm with Jay on this one. We are in seriously bad shape as a country. He should just assign someone to do the "feel good" stuff while he tackles the serious problems. This story is completely irrelevant news. Its like putting what I had for dinner last night up on CNN.

      July 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • kefa34

      lets take avote everyone with bad credit
      pay your bills so the country can move on
      it is a sin to be in the faith and have bad credit
      jesus provide for his flock,

      July 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • kefa34

      when the people fear
      their government their is tyranny
      when the goverment fears the people
      their is liberty.

      July 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • CandyBee

      Some of you are incredibly short on compassion, empathy, sympathy, good will, patience, kindness, consideration, intelligence. Wish there were a pill to help you. Life is a lot easier to live when you love more and hate less. So, vitamins may be a start. If you feel good, you do good. Get some rest. Get rid of the hate. Just makes you meaner.

      July 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Sickofhisarrogance

    I've had enough of a Celebrity in Chief! I'm very sorry this girl lost her Dad and happy for her that this happened. But this President seems to be overly preoccupied with the perks and clebrity of being President. He plays more golf and rubs elbows with more celebrities, appears on more talk shows. than any President ever. Face it America, you elected an inexperienced senator with no significant legislation in his name. He was not ready for the job and he proves every day that he is in waaaaay over his head. Let's let him retire and he can have his own show on the Oprah channel or something. Anything but running the country.

    June 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
    • Peggy - TX

      I've had enough of a Celebrity in Chief!!! Translation: President Obama is awsome. I wish the Republicans had a canidate 1/8 as smart and capable as this President and no matter how much money, no matter how big the lies and no matter how vast the organziation we can muster agaisnt him, he is undefeatable!!!! wha-wa-wa-wa-wa-a-a

      June 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Vincent J. Petrosino

      Your name says it all! You are misinformed. misled and mistaken. President Obama is not arrogant because he is intelligent, cool under pressure, caring and working WITHOUT cooperation from the GOP all purchased by corporation and Wall Street moguls who are trying to destroy the middle class. Why is this president held to higher standards than any other? Why has he met with such resistance from white men around the country? He was dealt a bad deck of cards by Bush and the GOP and now he must be a magician annd get us out of this mess faster than the time it took to get into it. A child left fatherless by 9/11 had a wish and he took the time to fullfill it. Give the man his props!

      June 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • HatesDumbPeople

        You do realize when you say "Bush and the GOP" that Bush had a democratic controlled house and senate behind him right? Just stating fact.

        July 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • morphyous

      I am sick of people like you who bitch and complain ALL the time. Just think, you could have had John McPain and Sarah. Good on you.

      June 28, 2011 at 12:49 am |
      • morphyous

        Sorry , I didn't mean to reply to you . OOPS!

        June 28, 2011 at 12:50 am |
    • waaaah


      June 28, 2011 at 11:44 am |
    • kefa34

      a small leak can sink a greatship
      you sir have you any shame that is our
      commanded and chief your hateful words have
      no office in our union.

      July 14, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • kefa34

      never the less i have some what
      against thee because
      thou hast left thy first love .
      how could you have jesus in you
      i have said bad thing to may jesus
      forgive us all .

      July 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • LIV4LUV

      Actually, Republicans helped elect Obama, because everyone thought that John McCain had better odds against an African American. It probably would have worked if John McCain had a better running mate.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  8. Do your research.

    He's a good man, our President. Very nice story!

    June 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • yoyo

      I like your comment.

      June 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Some of you antagonists can't even accept a good jesture by this President as good without putting a drag on it! Hate, jealousy, envy, and biggotry! That's all it is; and real US AMERICAN patriots can expect this over-the-top wrathful whinning and boo-hooing until Barack H Obama leaves the Oval Office and more importantly moves out of the Whitehouse, period. Well, you 'oh po me's' have got 5 1/2 more years to cry! Stretch out your tears; save some for the next four, 'cause were gone! LOL! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    June 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  10. oldster

    Good a prez with a heart. Mr. Cool does it again

    June 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  11. ryan

    I love this President.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Kathleen Farrell

    Three wars. Where have I been... W was asleep at the wheel 9/11, forcing us into Afghanistan. W steered the wrong way to Iraq for his oil company buddie. NATO is now in Libya – tell me how many American boots are on the ground there?

    June 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • jean2009

      Thank you for pointing out that W. steered the wrong way. That is putting it mildly. After a few months I think the Bush Administration figured out Afghanistan was going to be one long hard slog. It is not exactly the venue where you can wave a flag and cry "Mission Accomplished"... His war profiteers wanted something to show for their time...so how about a bait and switch? Would the American people really care whether we find Osama bin Laden...wouldn't removing Saddam Hussein be easier? Well yes, taking Baghdad was easier but who knew their would be no WMD, and that we would get bogged down in sectarian violence and nation building?

      And that is one take on the Bush failed presidency.

      June 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • kefa34

      Being ignorant is not so much a shame
      as being unwilling to learn .
      a ise man will hear and will increase learing .

      July 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  13. laurie

    You done good Mr. President, don't let the sludge drag you down to their level...keep it up and 2012 is looking great! No president has inheritated the enormous problems that he has...yet everyone expects a quick turnaround, serious systemic problems are turning around, the ship is being put back on course...the haters keep hating on all levels....it's okay we expect it.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  14. Mack

    Very nice story!
    No matter what President Obama does, it will never be good enough for the whining haters. If he discovered the cure for cancer tomorrow, the haters will wonder why did it take him so long!!

    June 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  15. yasmine

    a very nice story.. great that the President remembered this young lady...

    also.. our financial crises did not start Jan 29, 2009.... this mess was years in the making pre- President Obama... he got the job just in time to clean up the after shock of what the Bush Administration did to this country... with its "cowboy ways"... We went to war in Afghanistan...to get the Taliban without paying for that war... we then left our young people haning there with no plan and went after Saddam for his oil.. but used the US taxpayers money for that war.. and let the Iraqis keep their millions in the bank to grow intersest while the lies were spun.. to send our young people again in arms way...and while that was going on.. unpaid.. a prescription drug program was signed into law.. but oh.. again ..no money was allocated to pay for it.. and while that was going on.. oh... tax breaks were given to the rich without it being paid for...

    you want to know why the middle class is shrinking, why your neighbors or friends or family members loss their jobs and can't find any work..... ask George W Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld...

    June 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  16. Roger

    Obama is reconnecting with the demographic that got him elected the first time

    June 28, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • Guest

      In other words, his gesture was a publicity stunt to boost his popularity before he runs for re-election.

      June 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Godot

      LMAO Yankees or tweenies?

      July 13, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  17. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Good posts Laurie, Mack, Rhumba, and morphyous!

    June 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Tracy and @ADOC! Good posts! I agree 100%!

    July 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    That's right CNN keep running every useless news-vacant PR fluff piece for your Chosen One that you can because after all there's an election year coming up and we wouldn't want the plebians distracted from their media bread and circuses after all would we?

    July 4, 2011 at 1:27 am |
    • kefa34

      american american
      G-d mend thine every flaw
      confirm thy soul in self control
      thy liberty in law
      o beautiful for patriot dream
      that sees beyound the years
      thine albaster cities gleam
      undimmed by human tears ;
      american american
      G-d shed his grace on thee'
      and crown thy good with botherhood
      from sea to shining sea .

      July 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  20. Deke

    This president will do anything to get his 5 minutes in the spotlight. If he spent as much time working on the economy as he does playing golf and appearing on talk shows we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.

    July 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
    • kefa34

      DO you know that for sure
      the law of action must be
      applied in order for us to
      manifest things on earth
      therefore things we must engage in
      actions that support our thoughts dreams emotions and words

      July 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    What? How assinine! Action speaks louder than words! According to you people, you cons get a thrill out of announcing to the world and all of it's inhabitants that the Dems aka 'liberals' and 'progressives' accepted the policies that were laid out to them, and supported them by going along with the BUSH failed policies! How much 'respect' do you 'expect' us to give? You GOP cons have NOT afforded this President nor his administration the same respect, support nor courtesy! Only hate, envy and obstruction!

    July 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  22. markiejoe

    "Bieber made her more nervous than the President."

    As it should be. The kid's kinda creepty.

    July 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  23. Liz Carter in Georgia

    We Dems 'respected' Bush enough I thought! We 'respected' him enough to follow his lead all the way into IRAQ!! WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!?!? WHERE? WHAT HAPPENED TO HOSE WMD?? We respected him enough to follow is lead and accept his excuse to go into AFGHANISTAN!! OSAMA BIN LADEN?!? WHAT? WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO BIN LADEN? So how much more show of 'respect' did you really 'expect' BUSH to get from us? That 'respect' is the MAIN reason we've ended up in the mess we're in today, Deke!! REALLY??

    July 6, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Now if you really thought that if OBAMA would stop going on talk shows and playing golf, we wouldn't be in this mess, you are one disconnected person! You don't really know what happened do you? Did you just wake up from a coma or something? Our 'respect' for BUSH is why we're in this mess, Mister! Maybe if BUSH had been run through talk shows and stayed on the golf courses, he wouldn't have had time to devise such greedy plots for the personal gains of a few, and we wouldn't be in this mess!! STOP HATING!

    July 6, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  25. rrhloe

    Typical. Maybe he should apply for work as a matchmaker. Maybe he could even start a new service – match up bottom feeders who pay no taxes with his wealthy union friends, constituents, celebs and marxist supporters. Or here's an idea – he could try doing the job he's supposed to do. Nevermind, he's already proven he can't do that one.

    July 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  26. War for profit!

    How about the sons and daughters of the soldiers that have died for corporate greed? Do they also get to meet Justin Bieber?

    July 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  27. Greenspam

    Today Republicans attacked Obama as a socialist for having govt to force people to do things and that Obama was wasted time on small girls instead of helping to get debt ceiling increase!

    July 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  28. Greenspam

    Reading all the hate here against a little girl who lost his father in 9/11... it basically summarizes EVERYTHING that's wrong with this country right now.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  29. Tony

    I'm 17, and tbh. I cannot stand this country. freedom and all that jazz, good, great for you. Whats being done about our economy. He talks about it but everyone knows the president is a puppet to the government. he's only a public communications outlet. I don't care what any of you say, look it up. There's a hierarchy. This country was good in it's heyday, but now it's a society eating itself alive with debt, crime, and poverty. America won't last another 20. All these idiots at the White House do nothing, if you ask me, we shouldn't need those morons. And you'd think at this point, mankind would be mature enough and educated enough to look after itself without the need of the powers that be. It goes to show we've learned nothing from the past.

    July 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  30. truthman

    Kudos to the President and whoever was on his staff that worked on it. Good job! Now if he could get his staff to come up with a budget...

    July 27, 2011 at 4:33 am |