Obama Goes from Interviewee to Interviewer for StoryCorps

Obama Goes from Interviewee to Interviewer for StoryCorps

The president spoke with a Black Maryland high school senior for an oral history project.

Published February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making the switch from interviewee to interviewer.

The president questioned a Maryland high school senior in the My Brother's Keeper program. The interview for the StoryCorps oral history project was airing Friday on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."

Noah McQueen discussed going from being in trouble with the law to being an award-winning student.

Obama asked McQueen how he softened after being a "knucklehead." McQueen says he became accountable for his actions. He says as a black man, he feels pressure to always make the right decisions or be judged.

The president told McQueen he'll probably make more mistakes since he's only 18. But Obama said he's proud of McQueen.

The interview marks the first anniversary of Obama's initiative to help young minority men.

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(Photo: The White House via Twitter via Chuck Kennedy/The White House)

Written by Associated Press

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