Washington: Want to miss school? Get a good absent note. A fifth-grader in the US did just that by getting a handwritten note from Barack Obama asking the teacher to excuse his absence from school as he was with the American President.
Tyler Sullivan, a fifth-grader in Rochester, went to watch his father, Ryan Sullivan, introduce Obama before the president's speech at Honeywell in Golden Valley.
When he returns to class on Monday, Tyler can show his teacher a handwritten note from the president explaining where he was, Post-Bulletin newspaper reported. "Mr Ackerman, please excuse Tyler. He was with me!" Obama wrote on a card with the presidential seal and then signed it.
"I was sitting in the front row," the 11-year-old told NBC. "I was pretty excited."
But Tyler had even more reason to be bowled over when he had the opportunity of meeting Obama and shaking his hand. "I said, 'Hi President', Tyler said. "And then he started asking me questions and he was like, 'Oh, you must be out of school then?'"
The President then reached for a pad of paper and a pen from the White House and proceeded to write the schoolboy an excuse note, complete with a presidential signature.
The President addressed the issue of veteran unemployment at the facility.