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Brainerd couple watched grandson introduce Obama

Posted: June 4, 2012 - 7:32pm
President Barack Obama speaks about jobs for veterans, Friday, June 1, 2012, at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions Global Headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe, Pool)  AP
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President Barack Obama speaks about jobs for veterans, Friday, June 1, 2012, at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions Global Headquarters in Golden Valley, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Glen Stubbe, Pool)

One Brainerd couple watched with particular interest and no small amount of pride Friday when their grandson, Ryan Sullivan, introduced President Barack Obama at his appearance at Honeywell in Golden Valley.

“It brought tears to our eyes,” Donna Williams said Monday.

Sullivan, a Navy veteran and Honeywell employee, did a good job according to his grandmother, who watched the television broadcast of the event from her Todd Street home.

“He was really smooth,” she said.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reported that Sullivan’s son, Tyler, who accompanied his father, obtained a handwritten note from the president, explaining the fifth-grader’s absence from school Friday.

“Mr. Ackerman, please excuse Tyler. He was with me!” the president wrote.

Ryan Sullivan, 34, is the son of Brainerd High School graduates and former residents Mike Sullivan and Kristy Burke.

Although most grandparents would relish the bragging rights of a grandson who provided an introduction for the president, Williams said her husband, retired teacher, didn’t even mention it Monday when he had coffee with former colleagues.

“He’s kind of quiet,” she said.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or mike.orourke@brainerddispatch.com. He may be followed at www.twitter.com/MikeORourkenews.