GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A rare trip to the White House for Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan offered a personal look at the president during a time of tragedy.
Mayor Vaughan was at the White House for a meeting with the president when news broke about the Colorado school shooting on Friday.
"One of his assistants brought him a piece of paper, put it before him. He took a minute to look at it and then he read us the note and said that there had been another school shooting," Vaughan recalled. "It was sad and to watch his face and hear there's been another."
Vaughan was one of 16 newly elected mayors from across the country invited to the White House to talk about policy and how Washington can help local governments.
"I'm not sure how the picked Greensboro. When we were going around introducing ourselves to the president, he shook my hands and I said I was from Greensboro and he said, "A great city." And we really are a great city so I'm hoping that's one of the reasons why we were invited," she said.
Vaughan not only met with the president and Vice President Joe Biden during the trip, she also had a lunch meeting with some senior White House staff and cabinet secretaries including Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
The mayor says she was able to talk with the administration about issues specific to Greensboro.
"I'm excited to see what we're going to find out more about advance manufacturing, and workforce development and how to look at certain issues that we have here in Greensboro as it relates to poverty and food insecurity and our neighborhood stabilizations. I think this was an enormous opportunity and the relationships that it'll bring, I think we're going to cash in on for years to come," she said.
North Carolina was the only state with two newly-elected mayors at the White House meeting. Vaughan was there along with Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.
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