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. Rob

    I don't get it Sawber...

    Someone is obviously a sore loser.

    February 3, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. peakarack

    How come Barack Hussein Obama has so much free time on his hand?

    February 3, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Joe

    Mr. President, it is ok we are behind you all the way. You are not alone and those kids love you too and michelle our beautiful first lady...

    February 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Get A Life

    I'm glad the President isn't moved by such negative comments.

    Keep on reading Mr.President!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Andrea E- Atlanta

    Oh please Sawber,
    In case you don't know, the bill as to be approved before the President can do anything. Unlike your President GW he sat and did nothing as thousands of people lost their live in NY and with Katrina. Bush sat on his laurels and did absolutely nothing. President Obama is actually moving faster than any President in modern history. Yes there have been roadblocks but to comment as if he is doing nothing, pales in comparison to GW. Remember when you point one finger at me there are four others pointing back at you.

    February 3, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Cleaning up after W


    LOL! I had forgotten about that Bush moment...

    February 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Paul

    We love you mr. President and your wife michelle our first lady. I hope everything woke out fine without much stress. I hope you feel safe too.....

    February 3, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Debby, NJ

    I'm so proud of The President & First Lady...they really love kids!

    February 3, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Ken

    When you are tested, Remember the American people are behind you 100%

    February 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    Refreshing to see a President who can read the actual words...........

    February 3, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. lopez in Gregory, TX

    God Bless You, Mr. President

    February 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Chris from NY

    Today is surely not a good day to be in the white house. With all that's going on in Washington :Dashcle resigning his nomination, Republicans building a road block to America's survival and the media salivating all over it all and foaming for who broke the news so they could be promoted. It's a good day tro take a trip outside of Washington.

    February 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. thanks, but no thanks


    at least President Obama thinks about everyone and not only about people who voted for him. Look at the list that the Republicans are naming as pork. None of them have even the slightest idea of what those projects mean for the future of this country. Improving public transportation, infrastructure, preventive medicine, science, alternative energy, and art are the future of this country. Just think for a moment an improved public transportation and infrastructure decreases the dependence on oil. Preventive medicine decreases the future health bill. Science comes back to America and leads the way in new century. Please, look beyond the immediate solutions. that is why we are in this mess....

    February 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Dina Phila., Pa

    It is so nice to actually see our President out of the White House and in the real world. He truly cares about providing our children with a quality education and paying the teachers the salaries they so much deserve. I hope that he continues to come out and see first hand how things are for most Americans. This is the only way to determine what needs to be fixed.

    February 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Matt

    @ Sawber: There's a subtle difference between economic woes and 'Country under Attack!'

    February 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Paying Attention Yet??

    Grow Up Sawber. You're grasping at straws. He has a plan to get us out of the economic crisis, and it doesn't involve invading a sovereign nation not responsible for our current situation.

    February 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Puff

    Relaxing with Kids!! nice get out of repubican crazyness!!!

    February 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. In Houston, TX

    To Sawber:

    So will the left complain about him reading to kids when there is a terrorist attack going on?!?!

    Of course.

    The left never hoped that Bush would fail. Liberal hope for the best

    February 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Shari, NY

    DC has a high illiteracy rate. I am glad to see that a President is paying attention to children who, in case some people don't realize it, are the future.

    February 3, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Matt

    Well, at least he can read them...Bush had a secret service ear piece in his ear while one of his bodyguards read it to him from the janitor's closet.

    February 3, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Nacho Cheese

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

    Of course not."

    You're absolutely right, of course not. He's doing his job - he's done more in this month than Bush did leading up to 9/11. There was an immediate problem when the Twin Towers were hit, and all he did was sit there and ignore the problem; Obama's out there getting things done, and has taken one break to visit some (incredibly lucky) children at a nearby school.

    Of. Course. Not.

    February 3, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. john

    It is like the Gop is the one running our goverment.....

    Those in the media that are the enablers like Lou dobbs should be ashamed of themselves!

    February 3, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Matt


    Apples and oranges. The economic crisis hasn't killed 3,000 Americans in the space of a few minutes nor has it knocked down two giant skyscrapers all over a major urban center. Moron.

    February 3, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. Sherrie

    This is a couple that truly understands that our youth are our future. Greed got this country in the mess we are in and President Obama is not going to be able to take care of all the countries' problems over night. I'm glad we finally have someone in office who is not afraid to roll up his sleaves and is willing to listen to the people, regardless of their age.

    February 3, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    Too bad they can't take the President Obama Show on the road. We would welcome them at Bible Baptist School in Savannah, GA.

    February 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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