“Please Help Me Welcome the President of the United States”

On a Sunday evening I was doing some work with my Microgravity team at school. Word had just broken out that the President of the United States would be visiting and everyone was talking about it. I got an email from the dean of the college of engineering asking me to call her as soon as possible. When I did she asked me if I would like to possibly introduce the President.

That next evening I was at the practice with a half written speech and testing with the microphone. And then the next day, Wednesday, I walked into the sports complex with my mom and my boyfriend. Only a couple of other close family knew what I was about to do. My family was seated and then I was taken backstage to meet the President. I was in the line with senators, representatives, community contributors and students.


After meeting the President I was taken behind the stage and I went over my speech some more. And that is when the real nerve wrecking thing happened I actually had a full conversation with President. I say full conversation because I was the only one there except for the Secret Service but I let him do most of the talking. He talked to me briefly and before I knew it, it was time to get on stage. I will let the video tell you the rest.

It was an amazing opportunity and I do hope that whatever I do, wherever I end up working that there is always a public speaking component. I was even featured in the Huffington Post. It is an honor to get chosen for these awesome opportunities.

Read the full transcript here.

President Barack Obama greets introducer Camille Eddy during a photo line at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Jan. 21, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.


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Camille is a Mechanical Engineering student sharing about her personal relationships and experiences working in the tech field as a woman of color.


  1. 5/31/2015

    Wow, that is an experience of a lifetime! You have been given a great opportunity to meet and even talk with the President. You sound so confident in your speech and you did a great job so congratulations! :)

  2. 6/3/2015

    That’s awesome meeting the President. Congrats!

  3. 6/7/2015

    It’s so cool that you got to introduce the president to the stage AND take a picture with him!! That better be your profile picture on every social media outlet AND linkedin ;)… If you want :D. Hope you enjoyed the experience!

  4. 6/11/2015

    Cami that is SO AWESOME. What a wonderful opportunity – and how awesome to say that you met the president, had a conversation with him, and had the honor of introducing him. You looked so poised delivering your introduction and so beautiful too!! Great job Cami!!

  5. Abir Chermiti

    Nice speech Camille ! so confident !
    Proud of you #WomenInScience !

  6. Sonya Good

    I’m glad that you got this experience. You are redefining STEM. Love your platform.

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