Budding Indo-American scientist gives personal letter to Prez
A budding Indo-American scientist gives a personal letter to US President Obama , requests for setting up President's Youth CommissionUpdated: Mar 10, 2009, 14:22 IST
For Arizona born Smitha Ramakrishna ( 17), an Indian-American selected by the Intel as among the top 40 high school scientists, there was no end to her joy after she had a chance to meet with US President Barack Obama and hand him over a personal letter on Monday. " The President not only accepted the letter but also put it in his pocket," she said excitedly.
She is among the 40 Intel Science Talent Search (2009) finalists invited by Obama to the White House for a meeting. "This is the best thing I have ever experienced in my whole life. I am not going to forget this moment," Smitha told PTI after the meeting. "I wrote him a letter, I brought it in. I really had to sneak it in through the security. When I shook hands with him, I gave him the letter and he took it and put it in his pocket. It was awesome," she said.
In the letter, the budding scientist wrote that Obama is a source of inspiration to people of her generation and also asked him to set up a President's Youth Commission, having representatives from every state.
The commission would give its opinions on the decisions made by the President and the executive. She hopes Obama would respond to her letter. "It (the letter) has my contacts," she said.