Bell County high school student and valedictorian Ben Bowling wanted to share some words of wisdom with his graduating class, but there was a twist that no one saw coming.
"This is the part of my speech where I share some inspirational quotes I found on Google," Bowling said in his speech. "'Don't just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.' - Donald J. Trump."
The crowd burst into applause.
"Just kidding," Bowling said. "That was Barack Obama."
The 18-year-old valedictorian said the crowd quickly went silent.
"The crowd erupted in applause and before they could even finish clapping I said I was kidding and the applause quickly died," Bowling said.
Bowling, who graduated on Saturday morning, told Courier Journal that he "didn't mean anything bad by it" and thought the moment was lighthearted and funny.
“I just thought it was a really good quote,” Bowling said. “Most people wouldn’t like it if I used it, so I thought I’d use Donald Trump’s name. It is southeastern Kentucky after all.”
Young Ben here is going to go far, I think. And yes, he's headed for UK pre-med. Good luck, kid.