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Apr112011

Eighth Graders Get Presidential Surprise

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images (file)(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama surprised a group of eighth graders from Colorado visiting the White House on Monday who may not have enjoyed their trip to Washington, D.C. as much had there been a government shutdown.

“Are you having fun?” Obama asked, surprising the students gathered on the South Lawn driveway who were unaware they would be meeting the president.

Obama referenced this class in his remarks Friday night from the Blue Room of the White House after a deal was negotiated, highlighting an example of who would benefit with no shutdown. One of the student’s parents had written a letter to the president last week expressing how important this trip was to the students.

“She wanted to make sure we didn’t cancel it and so not only did things work out but we figured we’d give you a little bonus,” the president said of his guest appearance.

The students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colo., also visited Capitol Hill and the monuments.

The students’ math teacher made an appeal to the president Monday, asking him to not cut the spending on their education.

“I completely agree,” Obama said. The president said that some things, like making sure that there are strong schools, are investments for the future.

“We’ve got to make sure that we continue to make those investments, and that’s going to be a big battle,” Obama said. "We’re going to have some people who disagree with that.”

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