It’s tough running for president. It’s not just the grind, the poll numbers, the dwindling cash. It’s also the smart, idealistic young student leaders.

At the University of Texas at Austin, one of our nation’s leading institutions of higher learning, the student-body president and vice president interviewed Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley before he gave a speech on campus.

They started the interview with a squeaky kiss. They asked him to rap. They questioned whether the O’ in his name was a middle initial (“It’s an ethnic thing,” he replied). They asked for help healing a broken heart. They suggested Secret Service names (“Mom”) …  and recorded the whole thing.

Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu are not your typical earnest student leaders. They’re editors at the Texas Travesty, a humor publication on campus. (Recent coverage: “Narcissist uses self-checkout lane.”)

They ran for student government as a joke. One campaign pledge: To increase transparency in student government by ensuring that all student leaders wear only cellophane.

And they won.

So before the former Maryland governor gave a speech on campus at which he discussed the minimum wage, stepped off the stage to mingle with students, played guitar and sang a few songs, according to the Daily Texan, he sat down for an interview with Rotnofsky and Mandalapu.

O’Malley “has a blast meeting with college students,” said Haley Morris, a campaign spokesperson. “Frankly I think Governor O’Malley is the only Democratic candidate out there who’s not just focused on having the one on one conversations and doing the retail politics, but he’s having fun,”  she wrote in an email.

“He also brings a unique perspective,” she wrote, ” — on issues like immigration or gun safety reform, he was ahead of the curve and he got results. When he goes on college campuses, (and he often mentions this in his stump as well) he’s excited by the enthusiasm from students and also by the sense of where the country is going.”

It’s all going to be cellophane in the future.

We’ll let O’Malley have the last word here.