PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A college senior from North Philadelphia got the chance to introduce his role model, President Barack Obama, before a crowd of thousands gathered at a Hillary Clinton rally in Eakins Oval Tuesday.
Patrick Houston was calm, confident and commanded the podium like it was something he was born to do. At times, he sounded like a young President Obama, the person he was tasked with introducing.
“I had a big responsibility, I had the great privilege of introducing one of my greatest role models, President Barack Obama,” Houston said. “It’s almost like there’s no time to be nervous. This was time to carry this message, do my part.”
Houston lost both of his parents by the age of five and was raised in Hunting Park by his 11 older siblings, who served as his very own cheering section.
“As the youngest one in the family who spent very little time with mother, now he’s inspiring our whole family, once again to grow on,” said Vinson Houston, one of Patrick’s older brothers.
The Clinton campaign chose Houston to speak for his incredible story of triumph over adversity, which he said was only achieved through the help of those around him.
“Never would have imagined in my wildest dreams,” he said. “And I’m really grateful for that opportunity.”
Houston is set to graduate from Swarthmore in May. He plans to go into environmental consulting and then public service.