A local student has set his sights high! He's still in grade school but Carson Zick wants to be president. It's a lofty goal but it's a goal he and his family believe he can achieve.
President Barack Obama is the leader of the free world.
“I think he's a good speaker,” said Zick.
Zick is a first grader with the sniffles.
“It's my first time being on TV!” he said happily.
And when he grows up, Carson wants mister Obama's job.
“I'm really interested in history and the government,”
The 7-year-old from Baraboo loves nothing man than to sit down with a good history book and read up on the past.
“He's just really thirsty for knowledge and he's always wanted to know more,” said Kris Zick, Carson's mom.
Carson says his passion for the presidency began in kindergarten.
“I just started collecting dollars and two dollar bills and coins and then I started I don't know who I just hooked up on history,”
And this past weekend, Carson got the thrill of a lifetime. He got to see President Obama in person.
“It was in Milwaukee,” he explained. “It was really, really cool when he came out, I was really excited,”
“At one point when Obama was speaking he looked at me and said mom I think I could cry!” laughed Kris.
He's also written to the president several times.
“And this is an autographed picture of President Obama,” he said as he showed of an 8 x 10 photo.
President Obama wrote back.
“Young people like you are America's future,” Carson said as he read the letter. “I wish you all the best. Sincerely, Barack Obama,"
"He is just so focused he has been for years," said his grandmother Darlene Otto.
Mom says a vote for Carson is a vote for equality.
“You wouldn't be disappointed, he's a great kid and treats everyone with kindness,”
And even though he can't run for president until the year 2040, mom thinks he's got a shot.
“I hope this continues, I hope he sets his dreams high and goes for it. Who knows, I mean anything can happen,”
Carson plans on going to the Air Force Academy before he makes a run at the presidency.