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BHHS Student Joins Press Pool for Obama's LAX Arrival

After a year of attempts to interview President Obama, a student reporter for KBEV 6 is invited to cover his Feb. 15 arrival at LAX.

A  student reporter was among a dozen media representatives who covered President Barack Obama’s  at Los Angeles International Airport.

Obama was in the area for a and stayed overnight at the .

BHHS senior , who hosts a political talk show for KBEV 6 student television, has been trying to interview Obama for a year. He called the White House press office at least monthly with interview requests and has repeatedly phoned since early this month when he learned the president was visiting Los Angeles.

“I told them that KBEV is a real television station,” Schwartz said. “I was added to the White House [press] email blast after several requests.” 

Through emails from the White House, Schwartz learned of the opportunity to join a temporary White House press pool.

Schwartz had to provide identification, media credentials and information about the type of vehicle he would be driving to get the necessary clearance to attend the arrival of Air Force One earlier this week.

“The [White House] press office did not discriminate against me because I was a student reporter,” he said, adding that he received an official press pass from the White House.

Although Schwartz did not get to meet Obama, he got within 30 feet of the president and was able to film him greeting supporters upon landing. Because this was a campaign stop, Obama did not conduct any media interviews, Schwartz was told.

Schwartz filmed more than an hour of footage with his video camera and cell phone. The footage will be used for a special documentary edition of Schwartz’s television program on KBEV, Let’s Talk Politics.

The ambitious student said he intends to continue to call the White House press office to request an interview with Obama.

“I would love to have him on my show,” Schwartz said.

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Jennifer Terrell February 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
KBEV gave Max a wonderful opportunity ! Thank you BHHS
Marta Rosen Freud February 17, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Congrats Max! This is amazing! Watch out 60 Minutes and Dateline--Max is coming!!!!
keith February 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Awesome Max! Reminds me back when I was a high school senior I was able to photograph VP Agnew. Was a terrific experience & my photo ran the next day in my hometown paper. In fact, the event was just for high school journalists. Perhaps the President might consider doing an event like that too.
Barry Brucker February 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Proud of you Max.... You represent our Community and Schools with distinction. Barry Brucker, Mayor
Sue & Don Simon February 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Sue & Don Simon We are the most proud Granparents ever! Love You
Sue & Don Simon February 18, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Max, We are the most proud Grandparents ever. Sent with love.
Joy Zaki February 18, 2012 at 02:13 AM
What an amazing experience! This is just the beginning for Max and a wonderful future ahead!
carrie terrell February 18, 2012 at 06:51 AM
Awesome max! Never give up!
Myra Lurie February 18, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Congrats, Max! Can hardly wait to see the footage in your documentary. Well done.
Stephanie Ladsous February 18, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Max what an outstanding opportunity for you. You are truly awesome young man. Look out CNN's Anderson Cooper, Max Schwartz is on his way!!!! I am so proud of you Max. Keep striving to do your very best and you will soon see that all your dreams will come true! I will always love you! Aunt Stephanie Ladsous
Donna Flade February 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Thank you Jen for raising such a phenomenal and truly SWEET son!!!!...xox
Sherri February 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Max I think you are an amazing person.. Keep it up it takes courage & tenacity and you have both.. I too am proud to be your aunt Sherri Wow I'm so impressed:)

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