One lucky high school student just landed the opportunity of a lifetime after landing an exclusive interview with Defense Secretary James Mattis.The 16-year-old scored the interview after seeing Mattis’ cell number via a photograph featuring a Trump aide clutching a stack of papers with a sticky note on it, which listed the number.
According to the Daily Mail, The Washington Post in May ran a photo of Trump and his bodyguard Keith Schiller walking outside the White House, with Schiller clutching a bunch of papers.Sharp-eyed readers noticed that atop the papers was a yellow sticky note that said “Jim, Mad Dog, Mattis” along with a phone number.
The newspaper quickly took the photo down but not before Teddy Fischer, a sophomore (about 16 years old) from Mercer Island High School saw the number and called Mattis with an interview request.
“I called it to see if it was him, because I was pretty curious if this is actually his number or is it kind of a joke,” Fischer told the King 5 local news channel in his home state of Washington.The young man didn’t end up leaving a voice mail, but he did shoot Mattis a text with a request for the interview.
Shockingly, Mattis called him back and scheduled the interview, which ended up lasting 45 minutes.
The pair discussed all sorts of topics, from politics to history.Mattis was asked why he granted the interview, to which he replied, “I’ve always tried to help students because I think we owe it to you young folks to pass on what we learned going down the road so that you can make your own mistakes, not the same ones we made.”
This is a pretty classy move on the part of the beloved Mad Dog Mattis. It’s encouraging to see someone in the political realm attempt to give young people some wisdom and guidance, particularly the sort that reflects real world application instead of pipe dream liberal principles.
No doubt this move will also help Fischer’s college resumes too.[This article was written by Steve Parker]