[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/19/art.elopez0319.cnn.jpg caption="California third grader Ethan Lopez told the president Thursday that many teachers at his school had been let go because of budget cuts."]
LOS ANGELES (CNN) - For a brief moment Thursday, President Obama wasn't the star of his own town hall meeting in Los Angeles.
Ethan Lopez, an eight year old third grader asked the final question during a townhall meeting, pointing out that 25 of his teachers had already received "pink slips" due to budget cuts. Lopez then displayed a file full of letters he had for the president.
Obama quickly turned the tables and asked the young Ethan if he enjoyed school.
"Yes," replied Ethan
Obama then asked if Ethan knew what he wanted to be when he grew up.
"A cop," Ethan quickly answered.
Which delighted the many uniformed police and fire officers standing nearby and the entire crowd who came for the town hall.