Haley Damm-Hamblin, Political Science Major, Introduces President Obama at CSUImage of

Haley Damm-Hamblin, Political Science Major, Introduces President Obama at CSU

Last week sophomore political science major Haley Damm-Hamblin had an honor few of us will ever experience: introducing the President of the United States to a crowd of 13,000 people. President Obama’s visit to CSU and Fort Collins was the first by a sitting president. Haley explains the process leading up to her introduction: “I got a call one evening from a woman at the national campaign, who told me that since the visit had been announced, they wanted to talk to a few people in the field here to see what issues mattered to us and to possibly highlight them. I explained that I was a part of the campaign because I believe that the voice of young Americans should be heard and I think it is so important for young people to become involved in the elections and politics that affect our daily lives. A few days later she called me back and said how she thought my story was unique and that it would be valuable for other people to hear. She then asked if I would like to introduce the President, and at that point I was in total shock. Trying to remain calm leading up to the event was very difficult, I was nervous knowing that I would be speaking in front of so many people and excited knowing I would get to be in the presence of a world leader, especially one that I respect and support so much. On the day of the event, everyone I encountered, from Governor Hickenlooper to multiple Secret Service agents was so supportive and they all had so much confidence in my abilities, which was so encouraging as I was beginning to get very nervous. When I did get the honor of meeting the President, he was so kind and encouraging, which is what I will remember most from the day. Hearing the President thank me was the most rewarding and positive experience I could imagine.”