April 26th, 2009
07:15 PM ET
5 years ago

SOTU exclusive: Behind the scenes with the Obamas

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The Obamas share a moment at a black-tie event. Photo credit: White House/Pete Souza


Filed under: Extra • State of the Union
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  1. Positive in Charlotte, NC

    Great picture. They are a lovely couple–just charming!

    April 26, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. BUDDY GILMORE

    LEFT ONE ALREADY HE DESERVE A BREAK AFTER ALL HE PUTS UF WITH THE NAYSAYERS GODBLESS AMERICA

    AND OUR PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY

    DID THIS ALREADY

    April 26, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. JacklynD

    For all of you using this simple picture as a platform to spew your dissatisfaction with the world, you really need a reality check.

    Truly, go outside, smell the roses, sit on a bench under a tree, kiss a child. Try being positive for a change. Turn off the talk radio, CNN,, Fox, and CSI gruesomeness.

    This is your life. It is your mind and you are filling it with garbage and negativity.

    Yes you can.

    April 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Karen

    U.S. Common Sense....

    You asked, "Who Cares?"... i do. I love our President. United We Stand, Divided We Fall... and, you care, or you wouldn't have clicked on the link to the photo and you woudn't have scrolled all the way down just to leave your comment.

    April 26, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Margaret, Canada

    America: Get a life. He is your President, can't he dance once in a while? I'm sure he works 10 hours plus every day trying to get your Country back on track. He seems to be doing a good job so far, give him a chance.

    April 26, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. barry's toker man

    Party hearty. Reminds me to the Soviet dictators in their lavish surroundings while they raped the people.

    April 26, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Chipster

    Why are people suggesting the no one should dance while there are problems in the world: people dying, wars, famine, illness, family feuds, poverty, homeless people, homeless animals, bad weather, and the heartbreak of psoriasis? No one would ever dance and isn't it important to enjoy life while we can? Honestly, this is really reaching too far for a pathetic excuse to criticize the President and First Lady.

    Get a grip!

    April 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. justmyinput

    Why don't you folks get off the Bush stuff, get a life and get on with it. Bush is no longer the president, it's over, it's done so get over it and move forward or, are your minds and thought processes so limited that you can't.

    April 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. jimmy

    Excellent reporting CNN!

    April 26, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. barry's toker man

    CNN in yet another full blown orgasm over this Marxist thug. Screw CNN.

    April 26, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. normajean

    Amazing how many people can do nothing but find fault. It doesn't matter who's in charge or what they are doing or where theyre doing it, some 'DO NOTHING' out there amongst us can go on and on about what isn't being done,or what isn't being done right. I'd love to meet some of these people and see just how well their lives are going.{I'm not sure I could stand to look}Oddly enough, the people that complain the loudest seem to have an inability to spell correctly.You might want to double check that,folks.

    April 26, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Ravi

    Will these angry, bitter Rethuglicans ever stop attacking our (and their) President???

    The Obamas are model Americans, and they represent how great an American family can truly be. Not to mention that Barack and Michelle make a really cute couple!

    April 26, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Lynn

    CNN: Always trying to create controversy. No picture should be taken without the context: i.e WHEN it was taken and what the OCCASION was.

    This was at the GOVERNOR'S ball and the REPUBLICAN governors were dancing as well. It was taken MONTHS ago.

    April 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. barry's toker man

    Despite CNN contentions to the contrary most people don't hate Obama because he is black, they hate him because he is Marxist and is supported, stroked, and looked after by CNN and other radical left entitites.

    April 26, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. barry's toker man

    CNN – Richard L comments are false yet you post them.

    April 26, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. ib

    Nice to see Obama taking time off from destroying this country to have a party.

    April 26, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  17. Aubert

    Why in the world...this is utter nonsense and a complete embarrassment to the American humanity. The number-one cable news channel decides to place this with the top articles online.... first of all, the president has a lot more things to worry about than dance. I'll lay it out plainly: I supported President Obama's campaign, and I still support his efforts in hopes that America will benefit, but I have lost confidence in his abilities. I want to see 24/7 concern...focus. The president could do himself a favor and cease relishing in this egocentric thought that he's 'President of the United States' and fully begin the sober task of taking America out of recession and war and establish peacetime. He can't do it alone, but he's a figurehead in the process.

    April 26, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. OntarioRuMP

    Why, on Earth, can you Americans not embrace the fact that you have an intelligent head of state, who is personable, likeable, funloving and sincere ?

    We should have a leader of similar description before too long, here in Canada, but we have to unload the one we currently have.

    Wish us luck.......ours is a stubborn son of a gun !

    April 26, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. barry's toker man

    So Obama ass kissing friends, if this photo was taken in January, why is Michelle Obama wearing a topless gown ? Was the heat cranked up in the parlor ? Heat for thee but not for me. The CNN / Marxist / elitist thuggery wants me to conserve, but not them. To hell with you.

    April 26, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. H

    WHETHER IT IS A BLACK TIE FOR STATE OF UNION OR WHATEVER THE MONEY SPENT SHOULD GO TO HELP THE ECONOMY. THEY DON'T NEED TO HAVE THESE FANCY AFFAIRS. BUT I UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DO. THEY ARE AMONG THE RICH AND MUST TREAT THEM LIKE KINGS AND QUEEN. GIVE THE MONEY BACK. STOP WITH THE PARTIES AND GET AWAYS.

    JUST THINK HOW MUCH COULD BE SAVED.

    April 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. HG

    All Republicans are traitors to this country... They are coming and saying they hope this country fails and they want to secede... Their ring leaders: Rush, hannity, cheney, rove should be tried for crimes against country and humanity... too bad democrats are such weaklings and wont do the right thing...

    April 26, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Mike

    "Did Obama forget that while he's swing dancing, we have soldiers at war? I suppose he never served in the military so he can't relate, sorry."

    Is that like GW Bush "giving up golfing for the troops" then still going golfing? Or him skipping out on service, or Cheney skipping out on the draft with numerous deferments.

    I have one request for the republicans.
    – If you want to be taken seriously, shut the hell up, and actually come up with a solution to a problem that isn't mentally vacant. You come up with a budget plan with NO NUMBERS, then critize the plan offered. You scream and yell about taxes, when GW Bush gave massive corporate tax breaks and huge breaks for the wealthy.

    Your hypocrisy knows NO bounds. You moral relativism when it comes to torture knows NO bounds.

    April 26, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. barry's toker man

    Sharon has posted lies.

    April 26, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. barry's toker man

    Jenn – my son is in the military and I resent you and CNN working overtime to further endanger him, just because you and CNN need your daily Obama orgasm.

    April 26, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. zgomer

    This is news why? this country goes to hell because of the BO nation, and they dance, typical libs!

    April 26, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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