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
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. LA is Smiling

    Terrific photo.

    To "Curled Up In A Ball" - I suppose the George and Laura never danced while our soldiers were at war. I don't think our President and First Lady dancing is what's troubling you - it's your hatefulness. You need to work on that.

    April 26, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. Tony

    You people don't know. This picture was taken for the Governor's meeting (the same night as the Oscars) in Feb.
    It isCNN fault for not saying when and where the picture is taken...then again, CNN ratings are dropping and they are trying to be like FOX and go to the right and inflame.

    I am sure this comment will not be posted, because CNN is running their comments like FOX which is to edit for their cause.

    April 26, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. tim

    Wow, facinating. Can you share the pictures of him coming out of the bathroom too?

    Keep up the good journalism.

    April 26, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Concerned

    Let's try to figure out why one side or the other become to outraged at the couple dancing at a black-tie event (which was probably part of the "job").

    I'm so sick and tired of back-stabbing and complaining. This country was founded on freedom...and that means freedom to be who you are without harming others. I can be a democrat, I don't need to be a Christian to be accepted in the human race. Let's accept others...and that means ALL others.

    Come on people, let's get it together. Get over this bi-partisan hostility and get on with the most important issue facing the human race: saving this planet! Put this "Rush, Karl, Cheney" stuff to bed...and move on!

    Yes, I'm a democrat...but I'm about allowing for differences and coming to a common ground. Let's take up Nike's slogan and "just do it".

    April 26, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. Jazzy

    @Voter April 26th, 2009 2:07 pm ET
    I would much rather be looking at the Clintons.***The Clintons and Monica LOL!!!

    April 26, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Maggie

    They look nice togetehr. Wonder what she said to him to make him laugh? Just be sure you stop bowing and scraping to inferior people. We are a nation to be proud of not to be appolized for. we are the most influential nation in the world. A nation of Chriatian charity.

    April 26, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  7. Cathy

    I SUPPOSE THE LAPEL PIN GIVES THE IMPRESSION HE'S SUPPORTING THE TROOPS AND LOVES OUR COUNTRY.

    April 26, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Nick

    There was no Swine-Flu-on-steroids-on-steroids craze on January 20, by the way. They look so beautiful together. Its always nice to see the President happy when he is with his wife. Thats true love. Anyone, anyone, who thinks Obama isn't doing that well of a job, it was Bush who started this mess in the first place in 2007 and he's not Superman and can fix everything in one day. He is doing all possible to fix the economy and stop Swine Flu from spreading in America and make a "sensible Iraq war" and whatever problems he has to deal with now. We are almost 100 days in anyway and thats not a lot of time to go make everything better. And if you think you he's not doing enough, then GO DO IT YOURSELF if you can do a better job at fixing all our problems.

    April 26, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. SHawn

    Are you people kidding? The first reaction to the President dancing with his wife is, why is he dancing and not solving the Swine Flue problem? I think all this post shows is that the American citizen is an unenlightened and narrow group of idiots who have access to a public forum that they probably shouldn't have...It is no wonder our economy is in the tanks given this group of stellar thinkers.

    April 26, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. A. Darton

    People, People, People, if you dislike the Obamas that much, then why in Heaven's name are you reading anything about them? I enjoy the photo myself. I see a President enjoy dancing with his wife. Looks like the President is trying to sing. People are talking about how the President is dancing and having alittle fun with his wife, please tell me what is wrong with that? Yes time maybe tough, but if you are bless to have that special someone who said they will stick with you through the good and the bad, you better let them know that you're with them. You know these Obama Haters is just plain pitiful, comments like he's dancing, don't he know we have soldiers at war, the economy is terrible, why is he dancing with his wife, swine flu, but he's dancing, even though this event happen months ago, Lord have mercy people. HATE can destroy you. Yes we are at war, the economy stinks, swine flu is out there, we will not torture anymore, and the President still loves his wife.

    April 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. ben

    They just wanna people to think the President parties behind closed doors.....

    Why not post Pictures showing him working!!

    April 26, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Laughing at you... yes you

    Oh my God... half of all you commenters are really insane people who will PICK ANYTHING APART FOR NO REASON!!!! Are you serious??? The president and first lady dancing while entire economy is in ruins, swine flu is taking over the world, yada yada yada. Give me a freaking break sheesh!!!

    April 26, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. Charlie

    I hope that democrats know that taxing the top 5% of the wealth in the country is only going to lead the wealthy to hide their funds and reshuffle their funds around into stocks, mutual funds and off shore banks. Or they will just hide all of their money under neath their mattress and not report it to the IRS to avoid the outrageous taxes. You have to understand that people will do whatever it takes to hide their hard earned money instead of giving it away to the government. Then, guess who will be paying for his three trillion dollar budget, the middle class or our children and grandchildren.

    Another thing, does this administration know that the private sector and not the public sector keeps our economy running. Nationalizing companies and industries does not work and it never will. Example: Venezuela, they nationalized their gas companies and pretty much every other industry. Their inflation is sky rocketing and Hugo Chavez is doing whatever he can to keep control of his dictatorship. Taxing the private sector is only going to hinder our recovery, as long as taxes keep increasing and affecting the balance sheets in the private sector, more people are going to get laid off to cut costs and keep their balance sheets in the black.

    My last thing to every one who is outraged over the bonuses at AIG. They had to pay them, it was a legal contract, if they didn't pay them they would be breaking the law. These contracts were signed before the legislation went into law. For people who want pay caps on our banking executives that is going to cripple our financial industry. With pay caps in place our top talent and people who could fix this mess are going to go where the money is which will not be in America.

    April 26, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. kw

    you know, if you people hate this man so much why don't you have him killed . oh that's right you don't have the balls, if that's the case then, shut your traps and let him do the job that we the people elected him to do.

    April 26, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Andro

    Man, such negativity! It's like some of you are saying he must stay chained to his desk until every single problem in the world is fixed. Perhaps he should go on a hunger strike to make you feel like he cares.

    Do you ever go home from work? Maybe have a night out with your spouse...in a tux?

    April 26, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. midwest mom

    gotta love them, just got to love them!

    April 26, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Brian

    i only see 4 ricky

    April 26, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. Sandy

    Sorry, but it sure looks to me like Obama is joking with someone behind his wife – he's looking over her shoulder, folks – and she doesn't appear too happy about it. Now that's REAL! Maybe the first truly genuine picture I've seen of married people living under a microscope caught in an unguarded moment.

    April 26, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. horsechick

    MARVELOUS!

    April 26, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Joe

    Hey Mike in Syracuse,
    Now you know how we felt about Bush over the last 8 years. Only difference is that President Obama won't ruin the economy like Bush did not to mention the rest of his catostrophes.

    April 26, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. alito

    Old governor's Party.....
    GET a life CNN!!!

    April 26, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  22. Linda Flayton

    Give them a break! We all need to share a moment despite the world problems the Obamas face.

    April 26, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  23. In the know

    There is nothing Obama will do right in the GOP's eyes. There are very angry they lost the election.

    April 26, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  24. george

    Shame on you CNN!!!!

    I don't think the first lady wears dresses twice.......This is an old photo and you know what, Bushes were having parties while our troops were dying in Iraq!

    April 26, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. everything is magic

    seriously, is everyone a pundit. just shut it, really who cares about your old right wing ideological opinions. the american people voted for obama just like they did for bush, and just like bush, obama will do what he will, for better or for worse. that is why we have these types of elections. we entrust them to the welfare of our country and us (oh and eventually you elephants will have to get over the fact that most of the country saw that he would be a better leader than mcsame). your idiotic speculations are pointless. hes dancing with his wife SO WHAT?
    man oh man am i glad that the republican party is near extinction..

    April 26, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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