ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
Now a postscript to last night's state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The guest list was typical. It included political power brokers, some journalists, including my co-host Audie Cornish, a few movie stars and also my next guest.
TWYLA LAGERRY: Hi. I'm Twyla Lagerry, and I work at Wynn in Las Vegas as an accounts payable supervisor.
SHAPIRO: And how did you get invited to last night's state dinner?
LAGERRY: So I had written a letter to President Obama in July. I just thanked him for encouraging me to go to school. He had said that he thinks that everybody should have an education. And when he said that, I said, you know what? I'm going to go and get my associate degree. And now I'm going for my bachelors with my major in history so that when I retire, I can start my own business in genealogy, researching family histories.
SHAPIRO: You're, if I'm not mistaken, 60 years old - not the typical student.
LAGERRY: Yes, and I really encourage all the young students. I tell them, well, you don't want to look like me when you graduate college, do you?
SHAPIRO: (Laughter) What was the highlight of the state dinner for you?
LAGERRY: Just listening to President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau speak and how positive they are. And I just love them.
SHAPIRO: Well, Ms. Twyla Lagerry, thank you so much for joining us, and enjoy the rest of your time in Washington.
LAGERRY: Thank you.
SHAPIRO: Twyla Lagerry and her husband were guests at last night's state dinner at the White House.
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