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Obama delights press photographers by hopping on a bike

Two Florida teen science innovators impressed President Obama so much with their bicycle powered water-filtration system, he jumped on the bike and peddled away to the delight of the press photographers.

More than 100 student science fair winners and “kid innovators” from across the country were recognized for their achievements at the third annual White House Science Fair on Monday.

The video of Obama riding the bike-powered emergency water sanitation system sparked some funny comments as the video began making its way around the internet.

Weasel Zippers hilariously captioned the video: “How do you flush the turd riding the bike?”

And some typical, though still funny, comments from YouTube:

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 8.12.22 AMA White House press statement explained the “pedal powered filtration system designed by Oakland Park, Fla. Teens Payton Karr and Kiona Elliott:”

High-schoolers Payton Karr and Kiona Elliott, from Oakland Park, Florida, led a team of inventors who designed a collapsible, transportable, bicycle-powered emergency water-sanitation station that filters E. coli and other harmful pathogens from contaminated water. In emergencies, the device can be assembled and disassembled in under an hour, and can produce enough water to hydrate 20 – 30 people during a 15 hour period. Payton, Kiona, and their Northeast High School classmates received a 2012 InvenTeam grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program, which supported their development of the innovative design. Both Payton and Kiona intend to be the first in their families to attend college.

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