Obama and students space out at the White House

‘Don’t let anybody tell you that there is knowledge that is beyond your reach,’ the president tells 150 middle-schoolers at a special astronomy night.

By Alexander C. Hart
October 8, 2009
Reporting from Washington

In a brief diversion from terrestrial concerns, President Obama turned his eyes to the cosmos Wednesday night as he hosted 150 middle-school students for an evening of stargazing and science at the White House.

With moon rocks, meteorites and 20 telescopes on the South Lawn as backdrop, Obama told the crowd:

“As long as we’ve been around, we’ve been trying to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Don’t let anybody tell you that there is knowledge that is beyond your reach.”

Alluding to an event earlier in the day, when he presented the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Obama asked: “Which one of you is going to come back here to claim your prize? Are you going to find a new star or a cure for a new disease?”

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