8th grader gets huge laughs impersonating presidential candidates in graduation speech

Credit: ABC News

CHICAGO (ABC NEWS) – He got their votes.

A Chicago middle school graduate drew a standing ovation for his graduation speech — poking fun at the candidates running in the 2016 race as well as the president.

Jack Aiello combined his love of politics and impressions to write a speech for his graduation on June 7 from Thomas Middle School in the Chicago area.

“Politics has been something he’s been interested in for several years,” explained the boy’s father, John. “He’s always been good with impressions, so while watching along with his mom and I, he picked up phrases and mannerisms of the candidates.”

During his 8-minute speech, Jack impersonated Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“He started with impressions of his parents of course,” John said. “He then moved on to teachers at school and it developed to the point where he’s very good at picking up mannerisms and tones.”

Jack, who would love to be president himself, competed with several other eighth graders to speak during graduation, and with the help of his parents and support of his classmates, delivered a winning speech.

“We brainstormed some quirky memories from school to work into the speech,” explained Jack’s mom, Carla. “His classmates were encouraging of one another and when he delivered the speech, he got quite the reaction.”

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