WEST PALM BEACH, Fla .– The student reporter who gained national fame interviewing President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family said.
Damon Weaver was 23 when he died on May 1, his sister, Candace Hardy, told the Palm Beach Post. Further details have not been released. He had studied communications at Albany State University in Georgia.
Weaver was 11 when he interviewed Obama for 10 minutes in the diplomatic room on August 13, 2009, asking primarily education-focused questions. He covered school meals, bullying, conflict resolution and how to be successful.
Weaver then called on Obama to be his “homeboy,” claiming then Vice President Joe Biden had already agreed.
“Absolutely,” said a smiling Obama, shaking the boy’s hand.
He took advantage of this meeting to later interview Oprah Winfrey and athletes like Dwyane Wade.
“She was just a kind, genuine, very intelligent person,” said Hardy. “Very frank, outgoing. He never said no to anyone.
Weaver made his debut in fifth grade when he volunteered for the school newsletter at KE Cunningham / Canal Point Elementary in a farming community on the shores of Lake Okeechobee.
“Damon was the kid who chased me down the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher, Brian Zimmerman, told The Post in 2016. “And right away I saw the potential. the way he was in front of the camera. You could see his personality show through. He wasn’t nervous to be in front of the camera.