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.
I don't get it Sawber...
Someone is obviously a sore loser.
How come Barack Hussein Obama has so much free time on his hand?
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...
I'm glad the President isn't moved by such negative comments.
Keep on reading Mr.President!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
LOL! I had forgotten about that Bush moment...
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.....
I'm so proud of The President & First Lady...they really love kids!
When you are tested, Remember the American people are behind you 100%
Refreshing to see a President who can read the actual words...........
God Bless You, Mr. President
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.
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....
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.
@ Sawber: There's a subtle difference between economic woes and 'Country under Attack!'
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.
Relaxing with Kids!! nice get out of repubican crazyness!!!
So will the left complain about him reading to kids when there is a terrorist attack going on?!?!
The left never hoped that Bush would fail. Liberal hope for the best
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Too bad they can't take the President Obama Show on the road. We would welcome them at Bible Baptist School in Savannah, GA.