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We last spoke with 10-year-old Damon Weaver, a student journalist from Pahokee, Florida, last month when he was pushing to interview President-elect Barack Obama. Now he's here in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. He had hoped to be credentialed as a journalist at the U.S. Capitol. Damon Weaver, thanks for coming in.

Mr. DAMON WEAVER (Fifth Grade Student Journalist, Canal Point Elementary School, Florida): You're welcome.

BLOCK: And did you get your credential?

Mr. WEAVER: Yes.

BLOCK: Where are you going to be?

Mr. WEAVER: Yesterday, I went to the opening ceremony and today, I will be going to the kid's concert.

BLOCK: And what about tomorrow on Inauguration Day?

Mr. WEAVER: I - we're going to the inauguration.

BLOCK: And where will you be standing?

Mr. WEAVER: I'm going to be closer where he doesn't look like a dot.

BLOCK: He won't look like a dot.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: Yeah, you're going to be closer than a whole lot of people, I know that. Well, you went to a ball last night, is that right?

Mr. WEAVER: Yes.

BLOCK: Which one?

Mr. WEAVER: The Root Ball.

BLOCK: The Root Ball.

Mr. WEAVER: Yes.

BLOCK: And what did you see? What did you do?

Mr. WEAVER: I saw a lot of people. I interviewed Oprah, Chris Tucker, T.D. Jakes, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee, and some more people.

BLOCK: That's a pretty busy night right there.

Mr. WEAVER: Yes, and I was tired.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BLOCK: You were?

Mr. WEAVER: I went to sleep on the carpet.

BLOCK: On the carpet at the ball?

Mr. WEAVER: Yes, the red carpet at there.

BLOCK: Well, what did you ask Oprah?

Mr. WEAVER: What is it like being on a talk show? Can I get some advice for the students at my school? And then she took my mic, then interviewed me.

BLOCK: Oh, she did?

Mr. WEAVER: Yes.

BLOCK: And what did she ask you?

Mr. WEAVER: How do I feel about Barack Obama being president? What am I doing in a week of Washington, D.C.? And that's about all I know of.

BLOCK: Well, you have this interview request, this longstanding interview request, with Barack Obama. Any progress on that?

Mr. WEAVER: Nah. There is no yes, and there is no no. So, we don't know if we're going to get an interview or not.

BLOCK: Now if, by some chance, Barack Obama happens to be listening to this program right now, do you have a message for him, anything you'd like to tell him?

Mr. WEAVER: Hi, Barack Obama. I'm Damon Weaver. I already interviewed your vice president, Joe Biden, and I also called him my home boy. So if you want to be my home boy, too, please let me interview you - and that rhymes.

BLOCK: Damon Weaver, thanks so much for coming in.

Mr. WEAVER: You're welcome.

BLOCK: Damon Weaver is a fifth grader and a reporter for his school's TV station at Canal Point Elementary School in Florida. He's here in Washington for the inauguration, and still hoping to score an interview with the president-elect.

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