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Dalton Sherman, 11-Year-Old Motivational Speaker, Interviewed by Jenna Bush

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In her Today show debut, former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager interviewed the 11-year-old motivational speaker and YouTube phenom Dalton Sherman.

Jenna Bush Hager with Dalton Sherman. (From Today)
After Sherman appeared as a surprise guest speaker at a back-to-school convention in Dallas last year, the video became a hit on YouTube, and led to the precocious student jetsetting his way across the United States for speaking gigs. Sherman's 4th-grade teacher, Irene Redmond, was having a hard time dealing with the too-talkative boy when she decided to channel his gift for gab.

Redmond encouraged Sherman to enter an oration contest about Martin Luther King, Jr., in which Sherman won the $1,000 first prize and caught the attention of the Dallas educators.

Jenna Bush's interview kicked off the 27-year-old's budding network broadcast career. Sherman told her he'd like to become president, or maybe a broadcast journalist like Matt Lauer.



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