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    Weaver then asked Obama to be his “homeboy,” saying then-Vice President Joe Biden had already accepted.

    “Absolutely,” a smiling Obama said, shaking the boy’s hand.

    He used that meeting to later interview Oprah Winfrey and athletes like Dwyane Wade.

    “He was just a nice person, genuine, very intelligent,” Hardy said. “Very outspoken, outgoing. He never said no to anybody.”

    Weaver got his start in fifth grade when he volunteered for the school newscast at K.E. Cunningham/Canal Point Elementary in a farm community on the shores of Lake Okeechobee.

    “Damon was the kid who ran after me in the hall to tell me he was interested,” his teacher, Brian Zimmerman, told the Post in 2016. “And right away, I just saw the potential for the way he was on camera. You could see his personality come through. He wasn’t nervous being on camera.”

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