Man's snowflakes earn Obama's approval
CHAMPAIGN — Paper-snowflake manufacturer Michael Harmon sent a sample of his work in red, white and blue to Barack Obama.
He also sent a photo where he wears his Captain America T-shirt and poses as Tricky Dick, a name Richard Nixon was sometimes called.
"The president can do a lot of tricks," he said.
The president sent him back a letter, a photo, a White House map and a picture of Bo, the unofficial first dog of the United States.
"We didn't even mention a dog," said his mother, Cynthia Harmon.
Michael, who is almost 20 and developmentally disabled as well as autistic, earlier contacted President George W. Bush, but only got a letter in return.
The Champaign Centennial graduate now loves Obama, and hopes to correspond with him in the future.
He'd like the president to authorize more action figures for all the branches of the U.S. military, as well as add more U.S. enemies past and present to the video game "Call of Duty."
He'd also like Obama to make a nationally televised speech in which he endorses the 25-cent-snowflake business.
Before they got close, Michael was not an Obama loyalist. He's just old enough to have voted in 2012's Obama-Romney contest, and guess who got his vote then?
He chose Romney by the process of "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe," Harmon admitted.
He said he decided to send Obama a gift after seeing a show about the White House Museum on the History Channel.
In the future, he would like to see a female president. He would tax the rich to help the poor.
His brush with greatness means "I may get a lot more snowflake business."
If you are interested in a snowflake, the art is distributed by his aunts and uncles.
He gets support from a family that includes mom Cynthia, dad Peter and siblings John, 21, and Alexa, 20.