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

SOTU exclusive: Behind the scenes with the Obamas


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

Filed under: Extra • State of the Union
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. Bob

    this is actually relevant to the political ticker at cnn? really? you would have thought cnn had caught abe lincoln wearing a stovetop in the background of some photo filed away long ago. no wonder cnn's at the bottom of the rankings. the cable news network forgot what news was.

    April 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Charlize

    CNN does an excellent job on inflaming right-wingers posting "news" showing the Obamas having fun, and then posting useless "news" about brainless Palin and her pathetic life, to inflame left-wingers as well. Well done, CNN, more and more useless "news" is just what the country needs to get out of the whole and start recovering.

    April 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Fulldog

    It's so nice to see him smiling – thank god he has her.

    April 26, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. am

    nice pic..just catching a couple have a good time with each other at a party. But it saddens me to see people who call themselves patriots attacking the President over a light moment he is having with his wife. Yes we have a lot of issues in this country, but what worries me is those who are dead set at keeping us divided as a nation.

    April 26, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. Pat Omaha, NE

    Thank you, President and First Lady Obama for the hours and hours you have spent (and will spend) as you try to help this country and the world
    recover from eight years of someone who ran off to Texas in the middle of many crises.
    Enjoy yourself when you can! I trust you will be back to work in the morning! Anyone who works hard, deserves to play hard!!

    April 26, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. trotsky

    The Obama's don't give a rats ass about the average person. Look at their faces and expressions. They have their power and will do everything now to hold on to it, including destruction of the economy, endangerment of our military, and impugning the reputation of anyone who disagrees with their "social policy" in any way (a la Butch Napolitano).

    The masses who for the most part sit on their asses will continue to support the Obamas because the masses know they have a free ride now.

    But as has been seen in all of history, Marxist entitites finally collapse in chaos and bitterness. Democracy ends. And the free riding fools that put the yoke on the producers to satisfy their own whims will be even poorer and less happier than before.

    April 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |

    I guess I'd rather see Obama dance for a couple of hours with his wife between meetings and briefings, than pictures of GWB in jeans wielding an ax on his ranch for weeks at a time. I read somewhere that he was on vacation more days than he served(?) as our President. Guess he was down there praying for the troops, huh?

    April 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  8. Dan, TX

    We are all crazy aren't we? To waste time writing comments on this. How can there be more than one feeling when viewing this photo. It is our president and first lady, making everyone else in that room feel quite special.

    It doesn't mean anything else worth mentioning.

    April 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. S.S., MD

    It's wonderful to see the First American Black President & First Lady dancing in the White House. What's wrong with you Curled up... you forgot your history? If I remember correctly it's W, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft who AUTHORIZE the military to IRAQ.

    April 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    another 4 year @4:32

    Your clueless right wing rants are tiring. Obama is actually doing something. The right wingers don't agree but how about if they gave us some real solutions other than an empty binder with no budget numbers?

    This mess has been coming about since 1981 as we allowed the bankers and the CEOs to control the economy and the laws of regulation. The last 8 yrs were just the culmination as Nero fiddled while the economy built on smoke and mirrors fell apart.

    April 26, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Whatever

    First of all, he is half white. Second, many people love him because they think he's going to do a lot of things for them and they can get off without having to do anything. Get this in your heads: nothing is ever free. SOMEONE has to pay for EVERYTHING. If people would stop getting a thrill from the Obamas, they might realize that.

    April 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. trotsky

    Patricia is spot on. And one of the few intelligent people to post here this evening. The Obamaist seem to out in full force. I suppose they received their "packages" from Mexico this morning.

    April 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. virginia for obama

    @ Joe the troll!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama hater! This PICTURE IS OLD the swine flu was'nt out then.

    April 26, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. trotsky

    Why is it when Obamists disagree with someone on an issue of substance they go after their spelling, but it doesn't seem to bother them that Obama can't string a few words together to make a complete sentence, or a few sentences together to make a paragraph or thought.

    I believe a lot of suspicions would be dampened if we could only see Barry's college transcript and a few of his papers, the papers that many of you Obamist say show his brilliance. We know nothing about his academic record. And the fact that he graduated with "honors" means absolutely nothing when you are talking about Harvard.

    April 26, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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    April 26, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Lisa, Austin,Texas

    It is a mystery as to why CNN chose this particular photo...this event occured months ago. It can be quite misleading for the mentally challenged, malcontents of the far right. You see, many of them do not think for themselves, and I highly doubt Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or Sean Hannity discussed the events concerning this photo.

    CNN for future reference:

    When trying to incite the the loonatic fringe, I find poll numbers indicating President Obama's approval ratings work best.

    April 26, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Sunil

    LOL! It's hilarious to see right-wing nutcases finding absolutely ANY excuse to whine.

    This relates to Iraq? And to Swine Flu? To the unemployment rate??

    Does anyone realize (or wants to) that this is from three months ago?

    Sore, sore losers.

    But still – Losers!

    April 26, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. HEIDI

    To Joll The Troll, this shot was from a dinner that took place in Feburary, get your facts straight before you make stuipd comments.

    April 26, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. nick

    If it were legal and possible, I would like to get the whereabouts of half the people who have made negitive comments so that i could go and kick their ass.Their comments are so hateful and ignorant. It is amazing that there are so many, just plain stupid people in this country. You know now why the Republicans are against providing additional monies for education,, they would lose their base supporters. The backward uneducated masses of the Red states.

    April 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. JM

    Nero danced in the streets while Rome burned.

    April 26, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. susie

    Nothing wrong with them dancing...

    What's wrong is all the left wingers not being able to let go of the past and get on with the future and approving of our current President to use the excuses of the past to spend and ruin our country.

    We are all sick and tired of the left wingers making excuses wanting to be taken care of and how you all deserve it. You deserve nothing. Get a job and pay taxes like the rest of us right wingers. We are all sick and tired of hearing about what GB did and all the decisions regarding the welfare of our country being made now ....are okay because GB caused it all.

    NO one forces President Obama to not be informed or read bills he signs, he does that on his own and he is responsible for it not George Bush...The truth be known our country would be in much better shape if he had allowed those banks to go bankrupty along wit hte auto industry and AIG.

    How he spends money having dances and parties on our dime...is what Presidents do...they entertain and make nice with countries who are our allies....well most of them do...President OBama does nteh opposite he makes friends with people who hate us and Chavez will be invited to hte next party...the rest of the world likes him because they know he is weak and will do what they ask...

    No other PResident has done that. Past Presidents are more interested in protecting our country than playing footsies with people who would like to wipe us off the face of the earth...

    President Obama has approved more money in bills in his first 100 days than all Presidents from George Washington though George Bush including the Iraq war...and if that doesn't worry you, it should.

    April 26, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Perusing-through

    Hi John King,

    Since when did the media start this "second 100-day" mess? Hasn't the current 100-day thing gone too far? Should we expect a "third 100-day" jamboree?

    Sincerely Yours,
    "A longtime CNN watcher who is becoming increasingly annoyed with John King"

    April 26, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. rioboutique

    Together we stand, divided we fall! Let's stop building our houses on sand and build together on a firm foundation–beginning with putting aside petty nonesense as so many of these remarks are!


    April 26, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. jaye

    Beautiful couple...beautiful!!!
    I love our new First Family!!

    April 26, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. annie time for a Third Party

    All he has done since entering the white house is party, demean America, bankrupt America and belittle America to our enemies. Wonder if he served $100 per pound to this crowd on my tax dollars?

    April 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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