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At 10, NC boy inspired by Obama's rise

Posted September 3, 2012

Gary Hooker Jr., 10, accompanied his mother, a North Carolina delegate, to the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008. He kept a journal of his experience that, at 14, he has published as a book.

Hooker was inspired and impressed by his opportunity, and he chronicles it in "Gary Sees History." A family friend provided the book's illustrations. 

Hooker was at Invesco Field on Aug. 28, 2008, to hear Barack Obama accept his party's nomination. "All of a sudden the stadium got very quiet," Hooker wrote. "Barack Obama walked to the stage and he waved to everyone. What noise!"

Gary Hooker Jr. Teen writes book of convention memories

The memory of a history-making night is fresh and emotional for Hooker, who is now a high school freshman. He says he hopes his book helps others – young people and adults – to realize that everyone can dream and believe in themselves. 

As for his big dreams, Hooker foresees a return to the political arena, possibly as a delegate himself. "I think it would be cool representing my state and everybody in it to make the next president become the next president," he said.

Asked if he'd ever run for office, the teen did not rule it out. "I like being a leader," he said.

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  • Mon Account Sep 5, 2012

    A kid wants to dream and believe in what he can accomplish and share that with others - that trumps some of y'alls hate. A feel-good positive story out of all the political vitriol and it gets picked on. Accused of bias. If this were about a kid inspired by Romney - (I'd draw the line at Palin but could probably eek out a little pride for the kid) - I'd be just as happy that he has faith in himself and the future.
    I grew up around too many kids who admired drug dealers and petty thieves. Kudos to the kid for stepping up.

  • superman Sep 4, 2012

    Obama has inspired me too. Will never vote for another Democrat. Enough is enough.

  • shawn36003 Sep 4, 2012

    Lamborghini Mercy - DID NOT MEAN IT THAT WAY AT ALL...I'M NOT THE PREJUDICED! I JUST WANT AMERICA TAKEN BACK FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS HIS OWN AGENDA

  • Lamborghini Mercy Sep 4, 2012

    shawn36003 - Not here to debate....I'm voted Republican, did the first time and will do so this time and hopefully America as we know it will rise above again.

    You're right, the only think you did was make false statements. So save that "rise above again" speech for the your next KKK meeting.

  • iknowjack Sep 4, 2012

    "But, that being said, regardless of whom they apsire to be, I just wish ALL kids in this country chased their dreams and aspirations the way this young man did, instead of worrying where their next video game or $300 pair of Nike shoes came from."

    Right, that would be the young Romney aspirant.

  • doghousebrewery Sep 4, 2012

    "Wait until he is old enough and have to work and pay taxes. oh yea, he didn't write that book, the government did." LOPRESTW

    Thanks for proving my point...

  • shawn36003 Sep 4, 2012

    Not here to debate....I'm voted Republican, did the first time and will do so this time and hopefully America as we know it will rise above again! Obama is ruining our country...I just hope and pray that the Republican’s have what it takes.

  • jjordan231179 Sep 4, 2012

    Paul Ryan voted for the 2002 Bush stimulus (Keynesian), voted for the GM bailout (Keynesian), voted to raise the debt ceiling (a given for Keynesians), TARP (Keynesian), extended UE benfits to 56 weeks (Lib), Medicare Part D (Lib), is that enough? I got more. I dont think 90% of you know what you are voting for.

  • doghousebrewery Sep 4, 2012

    You know what is sad...the fact that an article about a child who is inspired by an adult leader, and goes on to do great things, is overshadowed by the current political landscape and spirals into an arguement between adults, most of whom I am sure, wished their children achieved half of what this young man has accomplished so far.

    And before you say it, I am a white middle class, middle-of- the-road conservative, public servant. I did not vote for Obama the first time, and I won't the second time.

    But, that being said, regardless of whom they apsire to be, I just wish ALL kids in this country chased their dreams and aspirations the way this young man did, instead of worrying where their next video game or $300 pair of Nike shoes came from. Our country would be in a lot better shape,

  • jjordan231179 Sep 4, 2012

    CARLOS....Ill bet you my house, car, and savings Romney loses. Ready?

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