He had to stand on a chair so the crowd could see him …
Now a nine-year-old Chicago boy has been seen by more than 150 thousand people across the world, in places as far away as Australia and China.
Asean Johnson took the podium at a Chicago Teachers Union rally against the closing of public schools.
When his impassioned speech was uploaded to YouTube, he gained a large following of well-wishers.
Some said he should run for mayor, but Johnson says he wants to be a football player when he grows up.
He says being president would be his second choice.