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Local kids get chance encounter with President Obama

President Barack Obama stops to speak with campers from Lenora Academy at The Varsity restaurant on Tuesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo)

President Barack Obama stops to speak with campers from Lenora Academy at The Varsity restaurant on Tuesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo)

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Obama poses for a photograph with children from Lenora Academy in Snellville at The Varsity restaurant Tuesday in Atlanta. (AP Photo)

ATLANTA — A canceled trip to the Georgia Aquarium could have been a downer, but for a group of campers from Lenora Academy in Snellville, it turned into an opportunity they’ll never forget. 

The change in plans meant a water day at the Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park and lunch at the famous Varsity restaurant in Atlanta. Little did they know the President of the United States of America would be joining them.

“We saw all the activity and (were) wondering what was going on,” said Dawn Washington, assistant director at Lenora Academy. 

Just after noon Tuesday, the excitement began. 

“What’ll you have?” Barack Obama was asked as he walked into The Varsity at the start of the lunch rush.

He ordered five chili dogs, four hotdogs and a cheeseburger for his traveling staff and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Reed’s mother Sylvia Reed.

Washington’s daughter, 11-year-old Armonie, got to shake Obama’s hand after a brief chat and photo opportunity, which included other Lenora Academy campers.

“It was really cool. I would never expect to meet the president in real life,” Armonie Washington said.

Washington said some of the campers were crying tears of joy. 

A total of 17 kids were on the trip. The camp is for kids age 5 to 13. Lenora Academy provides child care services, pre-K programs, afterschool programs and daycamps.

Obama was in town for a fundraising event at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Comments

BuzzG 2 years, 2 months ago

Just what did this fundraiser cost the U.S. taxpayer? How much does his campaigning add to the $16 trillion debt that we are going to be paying interest on for a lifetime?

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FordGalaxy 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm curious if Michelle yelled at him because of his unhealthy dietary choice...

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AUfan 2 years, 2 months ago

What a great opportunity for these kids to meet our President.

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully it's the last time we see him at the Varsity as Presbo.

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teelee 2 years, 2 months ago

Wish I could have a chance run in with him so I could tell him what I think about him and his failed policies.

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Disg 2 years, 2 months ago

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lyta 2 years, 2 months ago

Presidents don't have anything to do with gas prices. The global market does, however he did threaten to investigate the oil companies for speculation price jumps and down the gas prices went;. What does that tell you or are you too devoted to being devoted to being anti Obama.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

are you sick? Who is talking about gas prices here? Trying to make a useless point I guess.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

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toby 2 years, 2 months ago

Jimmy Carter should have been with him so they could have met the 2 worst presidents ever.

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