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Speaking to Meyer's work ethic, Obama called him "one of the most down-to-Earth guys you will ever meet."
When the White House first called to talk to Dakota about the award, he was working on a construction job and didn't want to take the call immediately. The White House called back during Meyer's lunch break.
"If I don't work, I don't get paid," Obama said Meyer told him when the two finally did talk.
"He gets his job done," Obama said.