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Surprise! It's the President

Summary: 
President Obama surprises students visiting the White House by dropping in on their tour.

When eighth graders from Longmont, Colorado's Altona Middle School left for the East Coast, they knew they'd be coming to see the White House and some of D.C.'s famous monuments. Little did they know they'd also get the chance to not just see, but meet, President Barack Obama himself.

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The mother of one of the students had written President Obama as he was negotiating a budget with Congressional leadership, telling him how much her son and his classmates were looking forward to visiting Washington. The President mentioned that letter in his remarks after reaching an agreement late Friday night, and decided to say hello while they were in town.