Obama connects with students, leaves them charmed

Last Updated: Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 17:50

Mumbai: "He is the most powerful man in
the world. Still he is able to connect with us, the youth." A
visibly impressed student said after the event where US
President Barack Obama interacted with them.

Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, today asked
questions to students before taking some tough ones from them
during an hour`s interaction at St Xavier`s College here.

"The way he himself interacted with us, I am
impressed," Krishma Shelar, a BA Second Year student of St
Xavier`s college, said.

Indian politicians need to learn a lesson or two from
the US President on how to connect with the youth, Khusboo and
Rachna, students of H R College, said.

Obama, who was wearing a white shirt and dark
trousers, ensured an informal atmosphere.

He spoke after his wife had advised the students to
ask some "tough" question and keep him on his toes.

"I don`t like speaking after Michelle (but if) you
want to ask some easy questions that`s fine... I want to have
a dialogue with you."

The US President encouraged the youngsters with
compliments like "good question", "terrific questions".

When a student asked about Pakistan and why not
declare it a terrorist country, Obama said: "I was expecting
it (the question)."

Greeted with cheers, he also did not disappoint the
students, who wanted to shake hands with him. Before leaving
the students, he mingled with them obliging requests to take
photographs with him. Obama connects with students, leaves
them charmed.

Despite the heat and humidity of Mumbai, Obama braved
the open sun during his nearly hour-long interaction with the

"I liked the way he handled questions," said Varsha
Srinivasan, a second year B Sc student of St Xavier`s College.

"He talks in a way youngsters understand," Varsha
said, adding that she was thrilled to listen to the US

Shruti Patel, a second year B Sc student of the same
college, said "I got everything from him. I expected him to
speak on Pakistan and he did that. He spoke on topics relevant
to the youth. The way he handled questions on dicey topics was
something to admire."


First Published: Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 17:50

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