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. Sarty

    Nice to see the first couple sitting with the children than standing with
    the Republicans.
    Children are the future generation.

    February 3, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Move On!

    Sawber: I think it's wonderful he's taking time to read to our children, who are are actually listening to our president with rapt attention. Much better behavior than when the president tried to read his (stimulus package) to the republicans. They have been "acting" like spiteful children "WHINING " so loud they have lost track of the fact they have NO better plan to offer!

    February 3, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Cyrus

    Mr. President, you don't have the luxury of photo-ops. Get back to work and get the stimulus package going.

    February 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Very good choice for the book!

    Jamal looked really good...enjoy the Ballet!!!

    February 3, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. RepublicanlovesObama

    Yeah, of COURSE this was a photo-op.....but, seriously, these two people are really that genuine and down to earth! Its about time we had something like that in the White House! Geesh!!

    February 3, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Woman Voter

    Awesome 🙂 Love our new POTUS!

    February 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. karl

    Let us all agree that there are many problems occuring right now that involves education, employment and the economy, and that just some of the "e" problems. Also, you don't and shouldn't know the president and his policy from the WH along, but to know or get to know him when he is out and about.

    Next you will be complaining about Arne Duncan.

    February 3, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Kate Poe

    I guess POTUS & FLOTUS needed a break from those backstabbing REPUGS and all of their BS. Sweet honest children now that's a nice clamimg remdy.

    February 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Philly/PA

    The country is in a financial crisis and faced with major problems abroad. What is our fearless leader doing? Getting another photo shot for his continued PR campaign. Obam should let MIchelle perform these tasks and he should tend to the business of being president.

    February 3, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Woman Voter

    To Sawber: You are actually thinking of that former Republican candidate who couldn't deal with the financial crisis and campaign at the same time so he had to "suspend" things.

    February 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Michaele

    Great balance! President Obama should get out and spend time with ordinary people so he does not end up in a White House bubble.

    February 3, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Tim

    Why don't all you Rush-wannabee haters just be honest and admit it – no matter what Obama does, you're going to slam him, you'll never give him any chance or any credit, and hope feverishly that he fails miserably, even to the detriment of the well-being of the USA – why? Because it sticks in your craw that an intelligent black man has reached the top. There's no other reason for this pathological hatred of this man and his family.

    February 3, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Very nice interview and genuine ambiance from both Mr. President and First Lady! What a difference!

    February 3, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. bee

    Listen up everybody,when God calls us all home ,he will say whites over here,blacks over there,latino`s over here,etc....,read you BiBLE and see where we will all be ,TOGETHER ALL AS ONE,people please lets help the man not try to hurt him.Stop acting like a black man cant be president.One more ? whats the diference between President Obama,and Gov. Bobby Jindel ,last i checked neither one of them were white,but its not about the color of a man`s skin,grow up children.

    February 3, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. My2Cents

    This event was already on the White House's schedule, before the debuncle of the tax evaders came about. Get a grip people; he's the children's president too.

    The Obama children have always gone to private schools, just like most rich children do,so there is no reason to "bash" them because they have their children in private school now; that does not mean they are not concerned whether or not public school children receive a good education; afterall, every citizen cannot afford private school.

    February 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Jamara For Pres. Obama

    He read books to innocent and lovely school kids!! By God, why must we Americans always pick the wrong time to destroy a good moment!!

    February 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Sara

    The Obama kids are in private school so as not to disrupt the lives of hundreds of other children, their families, the neighborhood where the school is located, et cetera. There are security issues that this school is equipped to deal with because a lot of children of high-profile public officials attend there. Concern for the safety of your children is hardly "liberal elitist" behavior. You may recall it used to be called "family values" when the opposition was in power.

    Please, save your rage for when the man has done somethijng truly evil, like say, start a pre-emptive war on a noncombatant country instead of taking some time out to chat with second-graders. I hope you watched the clip on TV. It was very charming.

    February 3, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. goodhair and polarbarbie?

    I laugh at the Limbaugh teenyboppers on here.Go find a job you snivelling wimps,mommy and daddy should throw you out on the street to see what the real world is.

    February 3, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Noah

    He read to kids. Thats all i see. Not the pounds and pounds of analysis on his every move that are done by both liberals and conservatives. You want to know why he wanted to get "out of the white house" because he is constantly subjected to this sort of bull. Please grow up... Hes a human being.

    February 3, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. The real deal

    THIS is how a Presidential family acts. THIS is what I want those children to remember when they picture their President. I am hopeful for this country's future. That's a change that's been a long time coming.

    February 3, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. On the fence about Barack

    The comments on this blog just tell me that some people will never have anything good to say about Obama, some people will never have anything bad to say about Obama, some people will always have something bad to say about Bush, and some people won't.

    Very few people on these blogs can get their heads out of their arshes long enough to make an educated, articulate, informed, unbiased comment. They are here to make uneducated stupid comments for their party regardless of what's right.

    February 3, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. vic

    I love this man and the good he's doing for children....and for our country.

    February 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank you President Obama for supporting math and science which are so very important. My grandson is great in math and science but doesn't like focusing on reading as much as he should, therefore we take the responsibility of enforcing that part of his education as well. The schools and funding can only do so much, parents must take a large responsibility in their childrens learning.

    February 3, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Should have stuck to his dream of becoming an architect. He is dreadful at golf too.

    February 3, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  25. Dan

    I think this is a better job for Barack. He cannot manage White House so this school should give him a job. He needs lot of experience in different fields.

    February 3, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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