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. Dee

    Whoa, it's just two people dancing . What's so wrong here? It's all the right wing extremists that's wrong here.
    I can't stand it.. I used to admire the GOP. What the ef happened? These people are nutz.

    The hate is so horrible. What's wrong with you people???

    April 26, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. brian

    Good for them. Looks like they know life never stops.

    April 26, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. lazysnake

    Why are they dancing when so many people have lost their jobs.

    What's there to celebrate? It's really bad out here in the real world.

    April 26, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Pudyqat

    To read the complaints about from this picture, it's obvious that if Obama chose to NOT attend this dance, he could have ended the War in Iraq, stopped the spread of the swine flu, solved the nation's economic crisis, and ended racial prejudice. Yup, he sure had his nerve doing something as frivilous as spending an evening dancing with his wife. It's second only to those awful pictures we saw of him playinig with his kids and new dog on the Whtie House Lawn. Bad Obama.

    April 26, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Poo2U

    "Joe Corrao April 26th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

    man this is embarrassing…"

    No ... actually it's you that is embarrassing ...

    April 26, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  6. Karin D

    it's hilarious to read some of these posts. The so-called educated, smart and intelligent right wingers who proclaim that President Obama is wrong on whatever count, should really learn how to spell before posting. It is so refreshing and reassuring to have an intellectual in the White House again. Thank God for this blessing!

    April 26, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  7. Expat American

    There sure are a lot of people of color at that gala. Didn't see that too much when Bush was in office; instead lots of cowboy hats, fur coats, bad tans and overweight obese rosy faced 'Patriots' afraid of all 'Muslims'.

    April 26, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. suzie

    I can't believe the childish and ignorant comments here by the right-wingers. How dare the President attend a gala and dance with his wife? Are you freakin' KIDDING ME? You really think Bush & Laura never attended these functions? Guess again. Need I remind you Bush was the moron who claimed he was "showing solidarity with the families of 9/11 victims" by giving up GOLF? And then, true to form, proceeded not to do so? Where were you for 8 long years?

    Bush spent more time on vacation than any other President in history (fact, look it up) and while our country was at two wars. Now we have a President who is actually doing something about our country's problems and the conservative idiots issue petty criticisms like this. After the extreme mess Bush, Chaney & that gang of thugs made of everything they ever touched, you have NO room to criticise.

    No wonder your party lost. Get a clue!

    April 26, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. bob

    Whoever thought this ball was in the last week is a lil slow... that said, everyone, even the pres and family deserve a few hours off on a regular basis. good for overall efficiency, decision making and PMA. The position of President is unique, stressful and important to the nth degree but humans need and thrive from pleasure as well as work.

    April 26, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. Nicole

    I think this is a wonderful picture... That's all, no more no less. They are a young dynamic attractive couple. And for those who think they just 'dance away' while the country is at war, etc. My guess is it was more like a dance or two and then back to work... 24/7 with just the very few moments that can be stolen with his lovely wife. I don't think he forgets for a moment the enormous responsibilites he has. I'm so proud that I voted for him and I pray the God helps guide him in this very difficult job that he has.

    April 26, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Rain

    This is lovely. It shows how real they are.

    April 26, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. Bill

    The desperation of the radical, racist right is disgusting. You are transparent. All of your attempts at ruining this wonderful snapshot in time are wasted.

    God bless the Obama family.

    April 26, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. The One

    I understand that Obama is HUNG like a racehorse

    April 26, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. KD in Houston

    I love how some people will not acknowledge it took 8 years of a right-wing administration to get into this situation, but they expect us to be out of this economic recession after only 100 days of clean up time. Seriously people, it takes longer than 100 days to clean up an 8 year old mess. Last time I checked, Bush regularly checked out of the West Wing by 5ish and was in bed by 9ish (daily). This administration works MUCH later hours, so if at the end of those late working days he wants dance a little... God bless him, and let him do it. Some of you really need to get over yourself. It's sad how unintelligent some of this country is. You make us look bad.

    April 26, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. DESPERATION AND MORE DESPERATION

    People are actually trying to acuse the Obamas of good timing it when there is a flue outbreak??? People get a LIFE!!! This was back in Feb. Has time stood still for you??? Oh yes, that is why you don't realize the election is over and he WON.

    April 26, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Polly

    Is he laughing at his schemes?

    April 26, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Erick in AL

    guys, this was like earlier this month or late last month. you have to host dinners and such wiht world leaders and ambassdors. stop hating! you never know what is done behind the scenes. please if all you got is hate and negativity then go to canada or something.and GW only served in the national guard as a way to cop out of war. and clinton never served and was a great leader.why so much hate!?

    April 26, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. no coincidence

    Are we to belivee that CNN published this photo by coincidence when there is a flu outbreak....no, they were aware of what the appearance would be.

    April 26, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. GOLF ANYONE

    BUSH DIDN'T SEEM TO MIND PLAYING GOLFAS OUR SOLDIERS DIED.

    April 26, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. angel

    whoeever responds~~that's who cares

    April 26, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Texas

    I'm so happy to have such a smart first couple who really care about this country.

    April 26, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  22. Larry

    It is really ridiculous that people hold this mindset that the president is not allowed to do anything recreational as long as there are problems in America. He has a family and a life just like the rest of us, and it is absolutely unfair to him to set these unreasonable expectations. President Obama having some fun every once in a while is not going to send our country to the pits.

    April 26, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. Terry

    Wow,, they are dancing , who cares. I can't believe how so many think he is STILL doing a good job..What can't you read,, listen to what he has and is going to do.. Lets talk at the end of his four years.. then lets see what you think..

    April 26, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Ula Nejad-Sacramento ,Ca

    Oh those shouder blades and all that hip? I just love the camera angle. Yep enjoy it while you are at it. The next 100 days is right around the corner and still no economic progress in sight but unbelievably unecessary distraction with the call for an inquiry commssion to look into the criminal intelligence report. Where is the focus?

    April 26, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Myriam

    hey hey calm down guys !! what 's wrong with this picture ??? after all Obama is a human and all he is doing is having fun and enjoying time with his wife it is no one's business!! being a president doesn't mean not being human ! all the guy is doing is dancing with his wife and u 're making of this such a BIG STORY !! even this discussion shouldn't be taking place because it is something sooooooooooo normal , common and especially HUMAN and doen't need to be discussed so go enjoy ur time and let people enjoy theirs!!
    regards ,

    April 26, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
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