February 3rd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
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President reads moon book to star-struck schoolkids

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan, standing, joined the President and first lady as they chatted and read books with children at a D.C. charter school Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A group of lucky Washington schoolchildren received a lesson Tuesday that they'll never forget.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made a suprise visit to a local charter school, joking that they wanted to get out of the White House.

Watch: President, first lady read to kids at D.C. school

During their visit, the first couple read a copy of "The Moon Over Star" - a book about the 1969 moon landing - to 25 stunned second-graders at the Capital City Public Charter School.

The excited children mobbed Obama, tugging at the president and offering him drawings.

Asked to name his favorite superhero, the president identified Spiderman and Superman.

He also divulged that he didn't always want to be president. As a kid, said Obama, he wanted to be an architect.

During the presidential campaign, Obama promised, among other things, to double charter school funding, boost support for math and science education, and promote merit pay for teachers.


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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. cherrystrawberry

    Aww that is so cute

    February 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Sawber

    So will the left complain about him reading to kids when there is an "economic crisis" going on?

    Of course not.

    February 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Simmy

    Darn he's good! Still thrilled that I made the right choice – the only choice.

    February 3, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. bernj

    A president who reads...books......right side up. How refreshing.

    February 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Lesley

    This certainly isn't politics as usual in Washington. Perhaps the negative bloggers here would like to consider that there is a very different tone in Washington already. Obama said he would stay in touch with the people and his actions here prove that he is taking that very personally.

    February 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Virginia

    Well, I remember another president reading a book at a school when he was criticized for doing so when the plane struck the twin towers. Thank goodness nothing bad happened today–the prez's approval rating might have dropped even more.....

    February 3, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Griff

    Anticipation...

    February 3, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. obama-mama

    What a guy...It's a shame he is being railroaded by the common repugs

    February 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Peter

    It was very healthy for him to get out of washington for sure. Republicans are paralysing his administration......

    February 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. aliou

    Great people, the Obamas, great job!!!!!!!!!
    Now the republicans should let them do their job. They had their chance for 8 years. They preferred to put us into debt with useless expenses in Iraq and other places to put money into the pockets of sleazy contractors in bagdad and afganistan. ALL republicans worked was on was about giving their friends contracts right from the treasury or the chinese coffers, and into our debt burden.

    Now it is GREAT TIME THEY SHUT THE HELL UP, AND WATCH OBAMA WORK FOR THE NATION.

    February 3, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Marc in Virginia

    Another photo op??? Sheesh....

    February 3, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Amber

    ... More educational than "My Pet Goat"...

    February 3, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. joe

    Too much going on in washington. The last 10days Obama spent trying to bridge the gap in washington. It was very good to see him out of the buble.

    Thank God he has such a support behind him, Michelle and their good friend secretary of education.........

    This will be good for the country too and our kids!

    February 3, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Walter

    I guess he didn't care to read "My Pet Goat".

    February 3, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. Truth

    Wow – no terrorist attacks when this guy reads books.

    February 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. scdemocrat

    OH I see sawber, you are trying to compare this to when Bush was reading my pet goat while we were being attacked, and he sat there looking like a deer in the headlights? LMAO you righties are going to give me lot's of good laughs for the next 4-8 years.

    February 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Mercedes

    Pres. Obama and First Lady,

    It makes me very happy to see your interest in our children's education. Please do not forget to go to a public school in the inner city where your presence will mean so much to those kids and may help them inspire them even further than what you have so far.

    February 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Hal

    I'm suppose to get excited about him reading a book to children?! He should be working on the stimulus bill with the other clowns.

    February 3, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Ken

    I smell Karl Rove all over our Goverment.....Those articles are not from the right but the left wing media outlet is being used at its best...Nobody would believe that article when you read it.....

    February 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. aliou

    Obama's rapid response needs to get back to work. IF they let the republicans have their way,they would destroy obama and our projects for american future (families and kids), one zero vote at a time.

    February 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. obama all the way

    this is wonderful for all American children.

    February 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Tracie

    It really look so good for the kids have their President reading to the; Mr. President, you are God send, keep the good job and clean heart to be a successful President

    February 3, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. Sylvia

    GET RID OF THE UNIONS that force schools to keep bad teachers that whine and whine about how hard it is to teach
    tell them to go find and easy job !!!!

    February 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. halk

    Good thing he wasn't teaching any geography.....he would've gotten stuck on naming states #51-57

    February 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. karen

    Sawber-
    I don't remember anyone complaining about Bush "reading" to school children when the 9/11 attacks happened. I think you just can't find anything to complain about President Obama so decided to jump on this.

    February 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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