Boca Beekeeper Benjamin Oppenheimer, 10, Receives Gracious Letter From Obama, Plus A Jar Of White House Honey
A Boca Raton beekeeper has been praised by President Barack Obama for his passion for beekeeping and his curious spirit.
And he's only 10 years old.
Benjamin Oppenheimer, who started a buzz around Boca with his award-winning honey, received a personalized letter and package from the prez this month after writing to the White House in the spring.
Benjamin, who now holds a beekeeping license, first received his own beehive from Santa at age 8. In April, he sent Obama a letter, praising the president for his plan to plant flowers in highway medians to promote pollination.
He kept checking the mail for the first couple of weeks, but no luck.
Then came a first-class envelope from the White House. Enclosed was a letter penned two weeks ago.
In his letter, dated Sept. 8, Obama thanked Benjamin for sharing his passion for beekeeping with him and praised the young beekeeper for his work.
"I'm impressed by your curious spirit and your desire to get involved in an issue you care about," he wrote. "America needs students like you who are pursuing their dreams and solving problems in their communities."
Benjamin was "overwhelmed" and "amazed," noting that the line about his curious spirit caught his attention.
"It feels kind of big when the president says he's impressed by you," he said.
Obama also shared that he and the first lady have their own beehive (the White House's first), which has helped their food grow and flowers bloom in the White House garden. As a gift, the president included a seed pack and a jar of White House honey from the South Lawn for Benjamin and his family to enjoy.
Benjamin said he plans on planting the seeds but has other plans for the honey.
"I've only dipped my finger into it once," he said. "Now I'm just going to save it for the rest of my life."
Read President Obama's full letter to Benjamin below:
Photos courtesy Missy Oppenheimer