It’s a 4-H tradition. 4-H’ers have met with every U.S. President dating back to 1912 when President William Howard Taft was in office. These are life-changing moments for 4-H youth across the country to meet and greet our nation’s leaders. Today, that tradition continued, as 4-H’ers from Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland and Utah had the extraordinary opportunity to step foot into the Oval Office to meet President Barack Obama. The visit was a particularly exciting one, as the eight phenomenal youth were joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to share how they are taking action in their communities to fight rural poverty and childhood hunger.
I was able to capture the tremendous excitement of Geneva (AK), Andres (AZ), Kashawn (GA), Kimberly (ID), Lorena (ID), Spencer (IA), Gabrielle (MD), and Jacob (UT), minutes after meeting President Obama. It was a priceless moment, and I was honored to be there with such deserving 4-H youth who are changing lives every day.