PHOENIX - After first lady Michelle Obama gave a rousing speech to supporters Thursday afternoon in Phoenix, warehouse distribution employee Jarvis Johnson got his wish to introduce his two young children to Obama.
While mingling with the crowd, The first lady took into her arms Jarvis and Tenosha Johnson's 1-year-old son Micah and 2-year-old daughter Genesis. In order to position his family for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Jarvis camped out overnight on the sidewalk outside the Phoenix Convention Center so he would be first in line.
"She (Obama) came down. We had a good conversation. It was incredible," Jarvis said.
This wasn't Johnson's first brush with the first family. In January of 2015, he arrived a day early at Phoenix Central High School in order to be first in line for an event featuring President Barack Obama.
After that speech, the president held and kissed Jarvis' daughter, who was then less than a year old. The photo of the kiss garnered thousands of views on social media.
"It means a lot because it's not every day we get to meet a president, or the first family. It's just awesome. I'll take that kiss any day of the week," Johnson said.
Jarvis and Tenosha took photos of both encounters and now say they want the images to be sources of inspiration for their children in the future.
"I want them to know as children of color, anything is possible, anything is able to happen,” Jarvis said. “They can achieve what they set their mind to accomplish.”