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President Obama Writes Fifth Grader's Excuse Note


ABC News' Nick Schifrin reports:

For as long as there have been teachers, students have had excuses: my dog ate my homework, my computer crashed, I had food poisoning.

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But 11-year-old Tyler Sullivan of Minnesota isn't one to make excuses. He's a good kid.

"If I was president I would say no more smoking, no more tobacco, and no more drugs," said Sullivan.

But on Friday, Sullivan skipped school for the first time in his life, to meet President Barack Obama.

Obama was visiting the Honeywell facility in Golden Valley, Minn.

"First I said, 'Hi, Mr. President.' Then he says, 'Hi Tyler, you must be out of school then,'" said Sullivan.

That's when Obama reached for a pen and his presidential letterhead.

"He says, 'Do you want me to write an excuse note? What's your teacher's name? And I say, Mr. Ackerman. And he writes, 'Please excuse Tyler. He was with me. Barack Obama, the president,'" said Sullivan.

Sullivan has framed the note.

"Pretty cool - and it's like oh, I'm famous. It's really cool," said Sullivan.

On Monday morning, Tyler will ask Mr. Ackerman to forgive him for missing class. And maybe gloat a little to his friends, who will probably ask the same question, over and over: "You seriously got to meet the president? You serious?"

Sullivan has a presidential pardon to prove it.

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