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.
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.
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.
Leading by example...as we find things to do to give back in our communities.
W just called. He wants to know "Is those children learning?"
I am honored to call you my President, even if i didn't vote for you :( (Did not vote at all)
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.
*** joking that they wanted to get out of the White House ***
translation for all you sheep....... PR photo op .....
Sawber.....stop already. Such bitterness will eat you up from the inside out. It's not healthy.
That's what President Bush was doing when 9/11 hit..
Oh yes...keep in touch with real people Mr Prsident :) Love you and Michelle and the girls.
joking that they wanted to get out of the White House.
The only way to keep sane!
I think the President has found his "sweet spot." He should keep doing this, even more often.
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.
AAwwww how sweet!
Bet you anything that the GOP will look at this and sayd ' read to kids? .. what a waste of time! '
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.
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.
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.
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.
this goes to show that nothing rattles the prez.. he stays focus.
I'm glad to hear he can communicate with someone without the help of a telepromptor and a speech writer.
Change a life by planting one seed at a time. Done because they care, not because they need a photo op.
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.
I'm not a Bush fan at all, but it's been verified that the upside-down book was a Photoshop creation.
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.
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.