November 7th, 2008
11:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama starts day with parent-teacher conference

Barack and Michelle Obama leave their daughters' school Friday after a parent-teacher conference.

Barack and Michelle Obama leave their daughters' school Friday after a parent-teacher conference.

(CNN) - He meets with his team of economic advisers and then holds his first news conference as President-elect, but for Barack Obama, the day started with a more personal duty, that of father.

The Obama Transition Office announced this morning that the President-elect would start his day, along with his wife Michelle, by attending a parent teacher conference at his daughters' school in Chicago. Sure enough, the soon-to-be first couple were seen exiting his daughters' school with papers in tow.

Daughters Malia and Sasha are students at the University of Chicago's Lab School.

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  1. Georgia Gal


    Well then you should be prepared to puke alot over the next 4 years, because whether you like it or not ... Barack Obama will be our next President.

    November 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Miller

    I'm not sure that some of us understand the concept of media. While this may not be breaking news, the media is going to report on essentially every move that President-Elect Obama will make over the next few years. News outlets will report on both the common as well as uncommon. And on a blog, where the purpose is to initiate conversation among the readers, the news is going to be decidely controversial or lighter in tone because these are generally the topics that create the most dialogue.

    November 7, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Tom Douglas

    One thing I would like see the Obama's do is enroll their daughters in Washington, D.C. public schools. There is a very energetic head of the schools working tirelessly to reform the schools. She is supported by the new mayor of D.C. who happens to be a black man. Their efforts have been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes more than once.

    If the First Family actively supported public education and necessary reforms in D.C., it would be a beacon for the rest of the country. However, it would put the new First Family at odds with the anchor tenant of the Democratic Party – the Teachers' Union. Change has to start somewhere.

    November 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Carole

    You would be amazed at how many parents DON'T attend conferences – even the one they demand – they don't come. I see it every day working in elementary education.

    President -elect Obama, while yes a parent-teacher conference is news in his house, down the road it won't be news in our house. He is first a man, second a husband, third a father, and fourth an employee of the people of the United States. He has his priorities in order and if we would all give him the chance he will put "our" house in order and for those of you who don't know what I mean, "our house" is the United States Government.

    November 7, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    This is plain and simply leading by example; nothing more, nothing less. This is what real leadership is all about. Not too complicated unless you are myopic or have tunnel vision.

    November 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. MO Voter

    "FROM THE BOTTOM UP BABY is the "only" thing that would make this country BETTER!!!!!"

    That is the funniest thing I have ever heard. I have never gotten a job or a helping hand from "the bottom". Only someone who knows nothing of economics and how they work would make this claim.

    Oh and this is not news unless we are going to report on every parent that takes care of their kids and always does the right thing, which is rarely the easy or popular thing.

    November 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Zman

    That is just a wake up call for some parents to get their minds right and focus on their kid’s educations. I just hope that some African American men can see in PRESIDENT OBAMA a role model and start focus on being real fathers for their children and real husband for their wife. Women also have their part to play your need to understand that your kid education is the only and real heritage they will have from you so please before your make decision think about those innocent kid who did not ask to be born, think about how that decision is going to affect them in their future.

    November 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. David Goldman





    November 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Kevin

    For every US president, there have been and will always be personal real-life stories that all media outlets will report. During the campaign we witnessed constant displays of Gov. Palin dragging her children around the country in an awkward manner playing up the "family gal" image that she was trying to portray (not too convincing I must say). Now we have a short personal report showing how the President-elect is attempting to maintain as much of a normal life for his children as possible, and some readers are scoffing at it????

    November 7, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Larry

    Timber, yes you are. Ladymack – go back to your old tramping grounds at First Read.

    November 7, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Marie

    To Timber (ex dem) you probably puked when he announced his intentions of running for president.You are so pathedic.This man will be just like any other elected president would be in the news.First you haters didn't know enough about him and now it's too much.Don't blame him stupid blame the media.The bottom line he's your president like it or not and there's not a d*n thing you can do about other than to crawl back under the rock you and all the other haters on this blog crawled fron under and stay there this country is better off without you

    November 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Green Pea

    The POINT is that he PRACtices what he Preaches ... that's th epoint. Setting an example. Remember when he said that Gov't can't be parents to our kids?

    November 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. ines

    The Obamas are genuine and caring people. Good to see a father that is invested in his children's education. Speaks volumes to all parents..

    Is McCain still at the cabin with Lindsey Graham?

    November 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. vanessa

    It seems to me that we should understand that this is news because Barack Obama has just been elected, is the first African-American president, ran an unusual campaign and has won a large majority of the US population. All of this is news. As he is in office for a while, we won't be hearing about the smaller stories in his life. But for now, we will hear everything because it is all new. As for those posting negative comments about our new president-elect, don't you think we have had enough of vile comments and attacks? I, for one, am exhausted by all the negativity. We have had eight tortuous years. Why don't we all just wait and see what our new president will do? Bush was not being attacked this horribly before he exposed all of his failings. In the first few months of his presidency, the country waited to see what he would do. And I recall that even after a controversial act by the Supreme Court stopped an election recount, which was the beginning of this awful divide in the country, we all waited to see what Bush would do. Well, we saw. Give Obama a chance, the way many of us gave Bush a chance.

    November 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Michael

    Harry Truman once said that he had the right to be two people: the President of the United States, and Harry S. Truman, husband and father. And he was absolutely right. What was true then is equally true now.

    Besides, we all know very well that if President-elect Obama (man, I like the sound of that) DIDN'T go to things like parent-teacher meetings, the GOP would be all over it. Instead, he's acting like the dedicated husband, father and family man that he is - he was those things before he won the election, and he will be when his adminstration is over. And I agree, it does say a lot about his character.

    November 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. geraldine

    wait a sec – for perspective, paying attention to her kids is one of the many reasons Palin got lambasted by the media and boards like these. If tables were turned, this would be a negative news story instead of a positive one.

    to "Donkey Party":

    If Obama delivers on at least a third of his campaign promises, you can bet your donkey I will not "stand behind this man and support him throughout his Presidency"

    November 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Salt

    Highly intelligent, capable, cool under pressure and organized, but also down to earth with everyday responsibilities and strong family values. My kind of president.

    November 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Sarah

    I am very proud of the Obama family. Him and Michelle appear to be very humble and down to earth. I'm glad he goes to parent teacher conferences, and I'm sure once he becomes more busier with all the Presidental responsibilities, I'm sure he will not be able to attend, Although Michelle will...However, it's still better than hearing about being a "Hockey Mom". Who cares about a "hockey mom when people are losing their homes and jobs...Go ahead Barak and lead the way. And for those who did not vote for him...he is STILL your President too.

    November 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. MD Parent

    I have often been critical of what is oftentimes insignificant coverage related to our public figures. This time, however, I believe it is completely appropriate that we know things like this. It is a good thing to have as the country's leader, a man who is involved in the lives of his children. One of the things we desperately need in our society is to see parents, especially fathers, taking an active role in their childrens' education.

    If some of us really believe that this is insignificant, then we still have a really long way to, parenting, mentoring, educating, these are not just things we talk about. These are things we do. As much as his policies, these are the things we have to watch. A President is not merely a political figure, he/she (in this case, he)is supposed to be a role model. We chastise celebrities when they do things we don't agree with, how much more should we be able to look to our President and all our political leaders, for that matter, as role models?

    In any case, I think this is important news. I for one, will be doing my best not to miss any of my daughter's activities because of work. I , for one, will be striving to be the best father I can. I have no idea what kind of President Mr. Obama will be, but so far he is being a heck of a father, and that counts for a whole lot.

    November 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Tim in Seattle

    I think this is totally relevant news – it's part of showing the nation that core values are important and showing parents that no matter how big your day is, or may be to you or others, your children's needs should always come ahead of your own or anyone elses.

    To those that *still* spew vile, hate filled, rhetoric, I really feel sorry for you, that your lives are so lacking in meaning and purpose, no matter how educated you are, that you still feel the need to tear a person down before they've given reason to be torn down.

    The person you hate and fear so much isn't the man we, as a nation, just elected our president – the person you hate and fear the most is looking back at you every time you look in a mirror.

    Change is here – get used to the idea. Hope has won the day. There is a new awareness in this country like I've not seen in my lifetime. Embrace it and we can go far.

    November 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Michele

    I thought he wanted us to send our children to public school......isn't that his goal. Follow his lead and send your children to a private school. Look he is a man a human being he is not super man or the only Man that takes responsibility for his family.

    November 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Kanisha

    Gee, wish we were rich enough to go to that private school here in Chicago. How can you "fix" public education when neither of you and your children have no involvement in it and no clues as to what's going on, Barack and Michelle???

    November 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Hope Green

    He and his family are AWESOME! This is exactly why he's this country's President-Elect.

    November 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. michael

    this is for all you bitter people who voted for mccain and cannot get over the loss, get a life move on or get out of the way. we dont need you anymore

    November 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Proud to be American

    Okay I love hearing the news of Obama but really CNN ..... are you going to start reporting the color tie he is wearing or that he took the girls to a ball game. I am more interested in his Presidential duties give him and his family a break on the personal stuff ;0)

    November 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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