February 3rd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
11 years ago

President reads moon book to star-struck schoolkids


Education Secretary Arne Duncan, standing, joined the President and first lady as they chatted and read books with children at a D.C. charter school Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A group of lucky Washington schoolchildren received a lesson Tuesday that they'll never forget.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made a suprise visit to a local charter school, joking that they wanted to get out of the White House.

Watch: President, first lady read to kids at D.C. school

During their visit, the first couple read a copy of "The Moon Over Star" - a book about the 1969 moon landing - to 25 stunned second-graders at the Capital City Public Charter School.

The excited children mobbed Obama, tugging at the president and offering him drawings.

Asked to name his favorite superhero, the president identified Spiderman and Superman.

He also divulged that he didn't always want to be president. As a kid, said Obama, he wanted to be an architect.

During the presidential campaign, Obama promised, among other things, to double charter school funding, boost support for math and science education, and promote merit pay for teachers.

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soundoff (242 Responses)
  1. Polly

    Guess what Wally, I got to meet the President today? Wow...that's pretty neat Beaver!

    February 3, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    Well whatever Obama does is wrong according to folks here. Some criticising the stimulus package, reading to kids among other things. The funny thing is that half of these folks dont even understand what the hell they are doing- basically you are loosing your house, your job and your healthcare benefits but instead of learning what is being done you scream and shout and spew garbage and show your ginorance. The reason this package wont work is because half the people being targetted for the jobs and tax cuts are plan idiots. Even if the get tax breaks they wil spend the money on stuff like cars. Oh! i forgot you are being given tax breaks to buys cars- meaning more debt for people who cant even afford their mortgages. Wow! nice reasoning- and the senators fighting over where to send the money dont really care- why- because even if they fail they will say the mess was too much and they will keep the guranteed job they have possibly for afew more years. Guess, either the taxpayer is screwed but why worry half of you have too much trouble.

    February 3, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. TjayeInLA

    Why are conservatives so hateful and nasty? You people are actually angry that he is taking time to read to school children AND you are upset because the children seem to admire and look up to him?? Really? You are upset because children look up to our PRESIDENT??


    February 3, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. Scott L

    "And I don't want to send a message to the American people that there are two sets of standards: one for powerful people and one for ordinary folks who are working every day and paying their taxes."

    Obama Quote from Today. So what about Geithner??


    February 3, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    did he read 'the emperor and his new clothes' ??

    February 3, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Sheri

    I love my President and Mrs.O the first lady

    February 3, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. malclave

    Charter school?

    I thought Obama didn't like charter schools? Didn't that come out during one of the debates?

    Oh, well, I guess that's Change we can believe in.

    February 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Evan

    See the Moon. See the Cow Jump Over the Moon. See Democrats Raise Taxes. See Democrats not Pay Taxes. See Democrats promise to end NAFTA. See Democrats nominate cabinet officials that are strong advocates of NAFTA. You will see a cow jump over the moon before you see change!

    February 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    "As a kid, said Obama, he wanted to be an architect."

    Nice, he must have been channeling George Costanza. I suppose he also told them that he worked for Vandelay industries, too.

    It's sad that when George W. read books to school kids he was criticized for not being productive. Obama, on the other hand, is given a sappy article like this. It's little wonder fewer and fewer people pay attention to the major news outlets.

    February 3, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Obama had to go to elementary school to talk to people at his own intelligence level. Was this his try out for "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" LOL. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. You lose B.H.B.

    February 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  11. Re: Obama is an escape artist

    "...BTW, I just love the look on Michelle's face. She really looks happy, or should I say "proud for the first time in her life" to be there."

    – – You know people like you make it really difficult for you to be considered human; this is the kind of mindset I expect of an animal and my dog would be more gracious than you have been – does that make my dog more reasonable than you are?

    Snap out of your closed mind & realize now that this country will progress with or without you. SILLY!

    February 3, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Terri

    I seriously feel as if this country is just so torn apart; how nice is it that the kids were excited, TUGGING at him, showing him pictures? That's just so nice, to think about and here we are arguing over Bush being on vacation. Why? This is what we're teaching our children? And Obama di done thing the previous administration did NOT do-he said "I'm sorry. I made a mistake" in his appointments. I like someone who can say when they were wrong. I like this president. But we all need to come together and stop with the petty remarks and hope to rebuild our country.

    February 3, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Reality Check

    If they don't want the "pounds and pounds" of criticism, then dont' take the photographers with you and get out of the white house!

    February 3, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Necie in OKC

    Why so many negative comments for such a good deed? When was the last time YOU took time out of your schedule to even read to your OWN kids????

    Stop Hatin and get a life!

    February 3, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Faye

    Give President Obama a chance. He has only been in office 2 weeks. Remember this mess didn't happen over night, and it will take time to clean it up. Most of the anchors, analysts, reporters, republicans in the house and senate and people like Kevin Madden aren't even respectful enough to address him as President Obama.


    February 3, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. Pepper Hanrahan

    Dog and pony show. If he really cared he might have selected a DC public school.

    February 3, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. Linda in MS

    When Pres. Bush and Laura Bush went to schools and read, most people did not see it as a photo op, just part of the job. Why is now is it just a ploy on the President's part? I guess Bush standing in front of St. Louis Catherdral in New Orleans after Katrina was also just a photo op, or standing in front of the "Mission Accomplished" Banner on the aircraft carrier, or standing on the mound of rubble at Ground Zero. Come on, people, stop with the silly hate and petty whining.

    February 3, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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