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. Gerry Evans. Smithfield Va.

    Still giving her the old sales pitch I see.... How wonderful!! It's so nice to have a president who loves his wife and doesn't mind showing the world he does.

    April 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. buddy

    How can you call this an "exclusive" photo? The White House photographer shot it, and it can be released to anyone.

    April 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Really?

    April 26th, 2009 1:08 pm ET

    we're faced with perhaps an enormous flu pandemic—-in 1918,
    50 million people died of a similar strain—why are the Obamas dancing when we have not developed a vaccine???

    Wow – I hate to join the group that slams the Obama nay-sayers, but did you really just state that? I don't seem to recall Bush taking point when the health industry was concerned that West Nile might become pandemic. Secondly, what's he supposed to do, develop the vaccine himself? "So sorry folks, have to stop running the country, because I have to go study biology, and chemistry so I can cure the Swine Flu". I'm just sooooo tired of Republicans so eager to criticize Obama that they sound like idiots. If you don't have a VIABLE solution, then you're just whining...

    April 26, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. matt

    "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."......LOL, because Bush, Cheney, Rove and the gang all served in the military, right?! LOL...those pansies did everything they could short of wearing drag to get out of serving their country...look it up, Cheney got five, yes, FIVE deferments because he had a wife and kids, so therefore there was "no possible way" he could go off to war (yeah, because nobody in iraq or afghanistan serving is married or has kids, right?!). the closest he ever came to shooting a gun was drunkenly shooting his friend in the face.

    republicans are all chicken hawks.

    April 26, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Stanley Lehto Washington

    Makes me feel very good to have a Bright president for a change.
    Stan Lehto
    Yelm , Wa

    April 26, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Proud Army Vet

    Curled up in Ball!

    No matter the mission we are given as soldiers, we commit to that

    mission with valor and honor. Yeah times get tough when your

    deployed away from home for 15 months. But guess what I wasn't

    drafted into the military I volunteered to serve my country.

    So on that note, continue to lye in your fetal position because we

    soldiers party no matter the circumstances we face!

    April 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Gerry Evans. Smithfield Va.

    For those of yu whine bags who are complaining about no pictures of the Bushes dancing at ANY White House Affairs, Laura Bush explained that during one of the offical White House Open Houses she, Laura Bush hosted.. She said, the reason there had been NO parties at the white house except for "private offical government functions", was because, quoting her, " SHE AND THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T GO TO WASHINGTON TO PARTY AND MAKE FRIENDS, THEY WENT THERE TO GOVERN THE COUNTRY AND THAT WAS ALL...

    So there you have it. They, the Bushes, didn't want to have anything to do with any one except those few followers who went to Washington D.C. with them in the beginning. Any one else should leave them along!!!!

    April 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    What a neat couple! You can tell their affection for each other is the real thing. How refreshing!

    I'm feeling proud of my country again.

    April 26, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. kendal

    It's time for Curled up in a ball to untwine, life is to short to be obsessed about an event in Washington that has been taken place since George Washington.

    April 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. MK

    Nice to see pictures of a people enjoying themselves at the White House again.

    April 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. JANET

    So you won't put my comment up. It is so true that if we don't agree with this president he and you, the socialistic media, will not let our views be heard. That's just how BHO got elected, by the bias media telling "the masses" what to think. You sure don't believe in "fair and balanced". No wonder Fox has all the highest rated programs on!! Something intelligent people who want the truth can watch and know what is really going on. Keep it up, you will go down in flames. I just hope our country isn't totally gone before you are.

    April 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Check Nose

    "Having Fun While", quick, go to the hospital. Fox News just revealed the first signs of Swine Flu are delusions that fun is against conservative ideas, stupidity from thinking dancing deters vaccines, and voter cards will morph into right wing conservative indications. One man dancing is a crime? Fox and Cheney and Rush and Gingrich say the only cure is death. Got a fever???

    April 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. John in Tampa

    I know a nice thing when I see it. Shine on, guys. It cannot possibly hurt anyone else.

    April 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. sri India

    There is a proverb in Tamil "ஒரு பானைச் சோற்றுக்கு ஒரு சோறு பதம்" (Testing one rice from the cooker is enough) . This couples are representing whole US. US people and whole world will come back to their normal life in a very short period of time. Everyone in this world deserves a happy life.

    April 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. sue

    I am so glad some of you are intelligent enough to realize that the Obamas are human beings too! His approval ratings are through the roof ! Of course the people who want him to fail ( Pig Limbaugh and his cronies) will always find a reason to complain. I found a real hot picture on youtube of Ronnie shirtless, sorry republicans if it was poor judgement for President Obama to take his beautiful family to the beach on vacation, he wasn't the first shirtless prez!

    April 26, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Loving it

    They are great! It's about time that we not only tackled the issues that the previous administration was unwilling to- in order to get our country back on track- but have some people who are cultured living in the White House. Hooray!

    A lot is said about Wall Street and the perception of confidence. Well, these folks are sucessful and generous and are all about the USA. Wish I could say the say for the ones who complain without offering a game plan?

    We have been in a war since GW got us into Iraz... so, that maybe stopped him from playing golf? come on. He was not an ambassador for us.

    I really need a necklace like MO- anyone know where she got it??

    April 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Dan in NY

    For those who are unaware, the President is not paying with OUR money. The first family pays for its own dry cleaning, laudering, AND food for their families AND any party they throw that is not. White House sanctioned event such as a state dinner. If he chooses to spend his money as a gesture of good will and bipartisanship, good for him! Stop criticizing his every move!

    April 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. It's Hormones

    Patricia, my dear, I get just like you once a month.

    April 26, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. seriously

    Folks!! Hold it a minute!!! This photo was taken months ago....sometime in January...there was no swine flu then...so quit talking nonsense about he should not be dancing while swine flu is spreading (lol) some people are really stupid 🙂

    April 26, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    April 26th, 2009 1:07 pm ET
    J Wrote:
    I am amazed at the ObamaNuts. Still Bush bashing – yeah really Bush sent troops for all the wrong reasons, but Obama is sending troops for all the right reasons. No matter what Mr. O does, even if it is the same as Bush did, O is right but Bush was wrong. Its okay for the O's to dance, but the Bushes dancing was not. PLEAZZZE, just stop. It doesn't really matter who is in the WhiteHouse, they are going to do what they want UNLESS the Donkeycrates of the Senate say they can't. The Pres doesn't really run this country any more, the Senate does. Go back 10-15 years and you will see, historically, the donkeycrates opposed anything that would really help this country and only passed what they themselves would gain beneficially

    'J' Are you for real?....I really didn't believe people this stupid exist. Both you and 'Patricia' should be in a museum somewhere.

    April 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. The apology tour continues

    Funny, also pictured is his good buddy Deval Patrick, the same blame someone else for his problems Governor of Mass.

    Two peas in a pod these two, same sorry rhetoric written by Axelfraud (their brain) spewed to the hapless sheep using the media as the main vessel for the uh, uh, uh, uh lies and myths.

    Then when the uh, uh, uh lies and myths are proven to be such, the media explains everything away as everyone who does not bow down (snicker) to these two phonies must be a racist (see J. Garafalo – (D)-No talent).

    Experiments failed, both will be one and done real soon (2010 Patrick and Barry, the empty vessel in 2012).

    April 26, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Common Sense

    Very few warm cuddly moments for George & Laura because George didn't dance and was in bed every night at 9;00PM: I was in Ireland when he visited there – arrived at 7:30PM and was in bed by 9:00PM – not much of a house guest ...

    Only the foolish 20% Bush supporters would believe that the world totally stops because we are at war:,, a war that changes only a few of our lives: After 911 Bush said it was our patriotic duty to go shopping ... that's doesn't seem the same as planting a victory garden or collecting scrap metal ...

    April 26, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Perry Capurro

    What a beautiful picture. A President dancing with his wife and First Lady. How great to see 2 people in love and commitment in the highest office in the Land. Thanks President and Mrs. Obama for being a role model that says, marriages do work!

    God Bless you.

    Perry J. Capurro

    April 26, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Kevin Handy

    Say what you want. The Obamas are the 2000's black version of the Kennedy's without the history. They look absolutely stunning in this picture. He's laughing and having a good time. She is tall – a bit large for a lady – but absolutely gorgeous in anything she wears. He's slender, handsome and has dancing eyes. When they speak they sound intelligent. My only fear is that they're probably a bit friendly with some of the foreign dignitaries. Some of those dignitaries are a bit stuck up. Carter made that mistake with Queen Elizabeth, the "Queen Mum" and she poked fun at him forever more. All I can say is that I hope they strike the balance. What did Eleanor Roosevelt say, "Harry, you're the one in trouble now" when FDR died? My sentiments exactly. He won, we won, but he lost, poor buzzard.

    April 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. U.S. Common Sense

    File this under "who cares."

    April 26, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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