An invitation to dinner is always a big deal, but especially when that invite is to dine at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A very accomplished young woman from the Twin Cities just got back from meeting President Barack Obama on Monday.
"He was incredible, humble, gracious, and it was so wonderful to be in his presence," Munira Khalif, who just graduated from Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, said.
Fox 9 first met Khalif when she was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools a couple of months ago and ended up choosing Harvard.
Khalif was one of two from the Twin Cities to spend Ramadan at the White House. Metro Transit Police Officer Kadra Mohommed, the first female sworn officer in the country to wear a hijab as part of her uniform, also sat at the president's table.
"It was totally unexpected, I didn't know I would be doing that over the summer but it was an incredible opportunity," Khalif said.
Pres. Obama even mentioned Khalif her in his speech before dinner to celebrate Ramadan.
"She just graduated from high school in Minnesota, she's already lobbied Congress to pass the Girl's Count Act so girls in the developing world are documented at birth," Obama said. "A bill I was proud to sign into law last week. She's even spoken at the United Nations, also something I wasn't doing at that age."
Khalif said it was a surreal experience she never could've imagined.
"It's one of those things you don't imagine yourself being in a position like that," she said. "And to be sitting with the first African American president was a big honor because he's served as a source of inspiration for young people of color."
And who knows, maybe she'll be back at the White House one day, but as a host... Not just a dinner guest.
"I don't know if that's an aspiration for me, but I am interested in public service so whatever way I'm able to do that I would be honored," Khalif said.