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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Many of the students at Desert Vista High School know firsthand what happens when the economy tanks and the housing bubble bursts.    

"We had to leave California where we were from because we couldn't afford our home anymore," said sophomore Pauline Poleyuptewa.

"It's hard to sell our house in Mesa because we'd lose a lot of money," said senior Nick Metzger.

Stories like these were common among the nearly 800 high school seniors on hand to witness the president of the United States speak Tuesday afternoon. For some, the experience seemed almost surreal. Others looked at the visit as a gesture of good will.

"It's really good to see that he comes out here and he cares about our community," said senior Brandon Immordino.

The president's message left many feeling inspired.

"In America, it doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from or who you love. You should be able to make it when you try," President Barack Obama said.

Those are words many students took to heart.

"I think it's great what he's saying about renting and owning a home because I know my family would really like to own their own home," said Poleyuptewa.

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