Tyler Sullivan of Rochester, Minnesota has a better excuse for skipping school than most–and he has proof to back it up.
The 11-year-old missed school to attend President Obama’s speech at Honeywell in Golden Valley, Minnesota. Tyler’s father, Ryan Sullivan, introduced the President before he made his speech.
Ryan is a Navy veteran who began working for Honeywell in February. Honeywell is a partner with the administration’s Join Forces initiative that helps military service members and their families acquire the opportunities they need. The Post Bulletin in Minnesota reports that Honeywell has hired 900 veterans since 2011. President Obama was speaking at Honeywell to address the issue of veteran unemployment.
Excited to see his father introduce the President, Tyler was able to sit in the front row. After the address, Tyler was able to meet the President. He told KARE TV in Minneapolis, “I had a chance to shake his hand. The President said, ‘you must be missing school.'”
After, President Obama grabbed a pen and paper and penned an official absence note for Tyler.
Tyler’s ‘Presidential Pardon’ for missing school read, “Mr. Ackerman, Please excuse Tyler. He was with me. Barack Obama.”
Tyler is very excited to bring his note to school. However, he will not be allowing his teacher to keep the note!