Florida's boy journalist stuck in security lines of inauguration


Damon Weaver
Damon Weaver

Damon Weaver, 10, walks in a park near his home in Pahokee, Fla. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. Weaver is a reporter for KEC-TV, the in-house station at his school Kathryn E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary. He is traveling to the inauguration with hopes of interviewing President-elect Barack Obama.

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Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 9:50 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 9:50 a.m.

PAHOKEE, Fla. Joe Biden might be Damon Weaver's "homeboy," but that didn't help the 10-year-old Florida fifth-grader get through security lines at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration.

Brian Zimmerman, a teacher at Weaver's elementary school, said the group had "very good tickets" to see Tuesday's swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol, but the security line stalled and they missed the inauguration.

At least 1,000 people who held inauguration tickets could not get in.

Weaver became an Internet sensation when he interviewed Joe Biden, who became the vice president Tuesday. Closing the bit, Weaver quipped that Biden was "now my homeboy."

Weaver is now looking for an interview with Obama, but so far hasn't gotten to sit down with the president.

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