Nine-year-old Will Cunningham's friends at school don't believe him when he tells them about his summer.
But now he has video proof. Will, the son of former state Sen. Cal Cunningham, and his sister Caroline, 10, met First Lady Michelle Obama in a private event in the Raleigh backyard of state Rep. Grier Martin. The Aug. 1 private visit was featured in the eight minute video introducing Obama at the Democratic convention Tuesday night.
"My kids are now convinced they are destined to be invited to swing on the swing set in the White House lawn and hang with Sasha and Malia," Cunningham said the next day with a laugh. But "we help keep their expectations in check."
Will also apparently beat the first lady in corn-hole -- twice. "He's never met a stranger," said Cunningham, a former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate. "And certainly was prepared to talk to her like he talks with anyone."
Obama visited for about an hour during a day of campaigning in North Carolina, between a speech in Greensboro and a fundraiser in Raleigh. "It's a sureal thing to see the First Lady of the United States walk up your driveway," Martin said Wednesday.
The video focused on her work with military families. Cunningham served three tours, including two in the Middle East. "It's meant a lot to our family during some difficult times just to know that there are folks in the White House rowing in the same direction with us," Cunningham says in the video.
"You all don't even ask for much," Michelle Obama tells Cunningham and other military families at picnic tables. "So we should be able to step up in any way that we can."
The Cunninghams knew the Obama campaign filmed the causal encounter but didn't know how the footage would appear. Cunningham and his wife watched it on television from home Tuesday night. They told their children when they woke up the next morning for school.