Barack Obama gave a fifth-grader the perfect excuse for missing a day of school on Friday – a signed note explaining the boy’s absence.
Tyler Sullivan, from Rochester, Minnesota, was at the Honeywell factory in Golden Valley where his veteran father, Ryan Sullivan, introduced the President of the United States on to the stage.
'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 told the network. '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.
‘Mr. Ackerson, Please Excuse Tyler... he was with me! Barack Obama,’ the President wrote.
‘I was like. really?’ said Tyler. ‘I kind of want to brag at school and say “look what I got!”’
Tyler has now framed the note, which he hopes will be accepted by his teacher when he returns to school on Monday.
'I'm bringing this and showing it to my teacher Mr. Ackerman in Rochester,' said Sullivan. 'And I'll show you, "this is why I missed school on Friday."'