February 3rd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
9 years ago

President reads moon book to star-struck schoolkids


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. lynne

    this is so great. i hope he goes into a few dc public schools too.

    February 3, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. California Gold

    I love the picture. It's refreshing to have a President who knows the importance of providing for our children and the necessity of quality education. And for those kids, they will always remember the day the President of the United States came to school. He's OBM (okay by me).

    February 3, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Eric in Texas

    I like the title. Ofcourse, that is where the stimulus idea came from, outerspace. Because it has so much wasted junk in it, the economy won't get stimulated before we land a man/woman on Mars.

    That bill is nothing more than failed Democratic initiatives over the last 4 years that have been put into a bill and given a new name. How does all of these upgrades to the federal buildings, giving money to Hollywood for film, money for voucher to switch your retarded TV to the new cable system and giving, yes giving, hybrid cars to federal employees that make enough money to buy their own? And no doubt the blind will follow the head mouse on this one too.

    February 3, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. B

    But neither did he fly all the way to FL to find kids to read to.

    February 3, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Dan, TX

    But did he ask the important question: "Is our children learning"?

    February 3, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. KayBaileyHutchisonForTexasGovernor2010

    I'm glad to see that they are showing young children the importance of reading. It also shows the children that they have a president who can actually read! I'm a proud republican who voted Obama/Biden.

    February 3, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. JB

    Brilliant move. What a fantastic example the Obama's set for all children.

    Lose the cynicsm Sawber, it's tired.

    February 3, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Eric in Texas

    Hey Bernj, where's the book that is right side up? He's not holding a book. Once again, a democratic pointing to failures that aren't real, just imagined.

    February 3, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Darthbane2007

    So Obama reads to kids, it's okay. But when Bush did it, it was wrong.

    February 3, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Jim

    That's great. What a thrill for those kids. Something they'll remember and talk about for the rest of their lives.

    February 3, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    To those kids, their superhero was in the room with them. What a rush it had to be. I don't worship mortals but children do and he is as close as they will ever see to a superhero. Our President must have extrordinary stamina at this time to visit a school with his schedule!!!

    February 3, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Mike

    Should we the people forget what we went through the last 8years?

    February 3, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Allan in ATL

    There they go again, leading by example! It's so great to know what it feels like to look up to the first family. Thank you Mr. President and Mrs. First Lady!!

    February 3, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Mikki, Washington, DC

    Just think - these kids will be able to tell their grandchildren that the POTUS read to them.

    February 3, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Mike Dallas


    Thanks for the laugh!

    February 3, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Mike in Ca

    Boy the hate mongers don't take long to show their ugly heads!

    February 3, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. On the fence about Barack

    No, the left won't complain about him reading books to school children if the right won't sit in utter worship that he did.

    February 3, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Atlantan

    its high time we increase funding for math and science education...the right wing nut jobs and evangelicals are hell bent on sending our kids into the dark ages

    February 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. owen

    Michelle, turn that frown upside down, what a sour look on her face. She looks less than thrilled to be there. Being in the lime light now, you should always be camera ready, say "cheese".

    February 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Gina in Racine Wi

    Isn't it great that Obama actually reads?

    It was also great to see him reading the Bills he was signing on to BEFORE he actually signed them.

    Somewhere in Texas.....a village has had their idiot returned.

    February 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Rewinding Time?

    Didn't I just see this same picture in 2001 but pictured then were President Bush and First Lady Laura at a school doing the same thing. I feel like deja vue.

    February 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Carl

    Star struck?

    Any kid would be in awe of the president. However, adults read this, and the use of that word has more meaning behind it.

    February 3, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Tess

    Wouldn't you love to have Michelle come to your kid's school? Pure happiness, that girl.

    February 3, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Very good!

    I teach and cannot imagine what my children would say if this First Couple would come to our school. I am so excited that Pres. Obama loves education. I look forward to the implementation of his plan. Our children need the encouragement and help. I am praying for the success of this administration.

    February 3, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. JB

    Ummm, this is a little different than 9/11.

    God forbid he go read to children on a day when the Dow was up almost 2%! Oh, the abject horror!

    February 3, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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