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

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. Carl from MI

    Osama bin Laden must respect Obama more the Dubya to not attack our nation during the children's book reading.

    The million dollar question is: Would Obama have just sat there with a dumb look on his face and kept on reading like Dubya did, or would he have got his butt out of there and taken charge of our nation like a leader's supposed to do in a time of attack?

    I must admit... Obama just can't do the dumbfounded look like Dubya.

    February 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. fearful for my country

    I wonder how many of these kids are "illegal aliens". Did you know that this country spends 338 billion dollars a year on illegal aliens? And you thought this war was causing us to go bankrupt.

    February 3, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. It's a new day

    Leading by example...as we find things to do to give back in our communities.

    February 3, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. the real issue

    W just called. He wants to know "Is those children learning?"

    February 3, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Jero

    I am honored to call you my President, even if i didn't vote for you :( (Did not vote at all)

    February 3, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. KG, Twin Cities

    I wrote The White House as a child and felt thrilled when they sent me a package. It was like Gerald Ford, himself, had written me. How thrilling for these kids to have both the President and First Lady there. It's nice having a President that realizes we need to invest in the kids today for the benefits of tomorrow.

    February 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. TJ

    *** joking that they wanted to get out of the White House ***

    translation for all you sheep....... PR photo op .....

    February 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. globalgroove

    Sawber.....stop already. Such bitterness will eat you up from the inside out. It's not healthy.

    February 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Dont blame me

    That's what President Bush was doing when 9/11 hit..

    February 3, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. bamagirl

    Oh yes...keep in touch with real people Mr Prsident :) Love you and Michelle and the girls.

    February 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    joking that they wanted to get out of the White House.

    The only way to keep sane!

    February 3, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Rachel

    I think the President has found his "sweet spot." He should keep doing this, even more often.

    February 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Glendafrench

    Sawber –

    Love your snarky partisan comment comparing an ongoing economic recession that has been happening for well over a year to Bush's inept and slow response to hearing specific news of the worst attack on American soil since WWII. If you honestly don't get the difference, that explains everything I need to know about why the GOP is hurting so bad right now.

    February 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. laura

    AAwwww how sweet!

    Bet you anything that the GOP will look at this and sayd ' read to kids? .. what a waste of time! '

    February 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Steve, California

    Oh, how great. Maybe they should have considered this PUBLIC school for their own children. But no, that might not give them the edge for the college apps. A pity.

    February 3, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Bad Hair Nightmare

    Michelle needs to get a hair stylist in the White House. Her hair looks beat down awful. She's the first lady, and she looks like she just got off a bus and ran ten miles.

    February 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. LIP

    This harks back to the days of 9/11 when Bush was reading to school kids when he received the news that planes were raining down on New York. What a way to start a presidency, that was frought with one horrific event after another, and none of Bushs doing.
    Lets hope that Obama's presidency is nothing more than the currrent recession and that all goes well for both him and the country.

    February 3, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Bob

    Please stop with the dumb comments about loving kids! Do you think every other president hated kids? When one of the muslim terrorists that BHO frees kills kids will you still be singing praise? Probably, because most of you lack the intelligence to realize he is an empty suit.

    February 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. kayla

    this goes to show that nothing rattles the prez.. he stays focus.

    February 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Allen

    I'm glad to hear he can communicate with someone without the help of a telepromptor and a speech writer.

    February 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. True American

    Change a life by planting one seed at a time. Done because they care, not because they need a photo op.

    February 3, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Steve

    It would have been amusing if one of the children had asked him why he sends his kids to a fancy and quite expensive private school.

    February 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. mjc

    I'm not a Bush fan at all, but it's been verified that the upside-down book was a Photoshop creation.

    February 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. Terry

    A photo opportunity....with White House nominees going down in flames for tax evasion....economic crisis...Iran, Korea and Venezuela beginning to flex their measures against our young President Obama, the Pork Job Package.....

    this does not look good. It is sweet but he should be working.

    February 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. educated Ron

    We are in the presence and witnessing greatness. Its really a simple concept. A president who sincerely cares, has young childredn, highly educated and respectful to others.

    America won't settle for less anymore. Whoever is the next president will have to be considered smart and cares for the people. A person like Romney has this pedigree, a person like Palin simply does not.

    8 years of this will be so refreshing for america. Enough with the divisiveness.

    February 3, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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