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Obama inspires youth to be president

Lili Thompson Lili Thompson

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The NAACP held its party Tuesday night, celebrating the culmination of President Obama's campaign and his accomplishment of being the first African-American commander in chief. The historic inauguration is also impacting youth.

"Hi, what did you think about the inauguration? When do you think the economy is going to get better?," said 8th grader Lili Thompson.

Lili Thompson isn't your normal 13-year-old.

"I'm really hoping the war in Iraq ends soon. That's not doing any good, it's been going on for a very long time," Thompson said.

She talks politics, poses for pictures and she wants to be president. You can thank the country's newest Commander In Chief Barack Obama.

"We never had anyone to look up to and see that and now that we have an African American President. Yeah, When I say I want to be president, that's real," Thompson said.

Like President Obama, Thompson says she cares about people. Using his leadership as example, she picks her platform.

"Show people that you do care. You do care what their problems are what their concerns are and that you're here to help them.Take the lead and do what you know you can do inside you and don't give up," she said.

Oval Office or whatever career is your choice, Thompson says President Obama's inauguration affects all youth. Igniting the possibility to pursue anything.

Thompson says she wants to pursue law before considering president.

But, still in the 8th grade, she won't be eligible to run until the year 2031.

Proceeds from the NAACP event went towards a scholarship fund.

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