November 1st, 2009
09:21 AM ET
13 years ago

Scenes from the White House: The Obamas host local kids


The president and first lady played host to approximately 2000 kids from the Washington Metro area on Saturday evening, the Obamas' first Halloween in the White House. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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  1. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    My MY Cnn did I say something bad about your brainless man?

    OH GOOD GOSH! The 'Headless Horseman'.

    November 1, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. cool luke

    I applaud the Obamas for passing out candy on Halloween and playing host to the kids. To those that are hating, are psycho and are just like the GOP, Scary!!

    November 1, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    marta November 1st, 2009 11:43 am ET

    Fitz in texas – if you would read articles instead of jump to judge would know that after he gave out candy , The President and his wife hosted an event especially for the military and their families inside the White House. I hate war and do not think we have any business sending our servicemen into the situations in the Middle east, however all presidents have been faced with these issues ...dont just blame one
    Well, I do agree with you regarding hating war. Most people do, but we're there and if this President doesn't want to give our HEROES what they need.......BRING THEM HOME! He's dragging his feet while our brave men die over there. As stated.....President Obama needs to pay more attention and give our HEROES what they need and give up the little parties and photo ops.

    November 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. File under "Sarcasm"

    Another photo-op, how wonderful! Was he handing out voter registration cards for Virginia and New Jersey? Public option healthcare enrollment forms? Emissions tax credit swaps? Government czar job application forms? (And I'll bet that's Joe Biden in the Star Wars trooper outfit.)

    Once again the Administratation has used the Obama friendly media to put our focus on the superficial and not the real issues that need to addressed.

    November 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. W l Jones

    What we have in this country gun could be place in every wast basket and crack on every dock and nobody would not take a second look at either. What we have in country you cannot buy the fredom to go and do anything within the law. Bless all on this day.

    November 1, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. catmom

    What a wonderful time for the country to see the First Family celebrate their first Halloween in the White House. Hopefully Malia and Sasha had a wonderful time.

    Leave it to Obama haters to turn something positive into something negative. No wonder this country is in the shape it's in. You have a bunch of whiny a$$ people who are sore losers who could care less about our country moving forward. They are so negative that no matter what happens in this country under President Obama they will see it as negative. How sad for them.

    November 1, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Tomkat in Seattle

    This is cool, good for the Obama's. Republican fools will link this to some pro-Muslim/anti-Christian lie I am sure. We were all born with 2 ears and one mouth, it is too bad that Republicans don't use them in which nature intended them to be used: listen twice as much as to what you say.


    November 1, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. desertique

    Very cool thing to do on Halloween. What a contrast to torture, shock and awe, and all the other indecent and immoral acts by the former administration.

    November 1, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Interested Observer, CA

    There's a reason the entire civilized world thinks Americans are dum!. And it has to do with the id!otic opinions of right-wingers. (Not to mention an ignorant, dishonest administration that ignored the world's warning and invaded a soveregin nation on lies).

    I have been reading post after post of ignorant righties trying to make Obama seem Un-American by his ties to William Ayers – yes Obama was on the same Board with him, and he as also in the same house as him a few years back. And Yes Ayers did do something like 40 years ago...

    But not on of these so-called "Real" Americans righties is bothered by the fact that The Bushes do business with the Bin Laden family and IN FACT gave them safe passage out of the country after 9/11. To anyone with a working brain and logic center – that detail would cause alarm. But not to the choice hating, pseudo-Christ loving, bigot right wingers. To them it is okay or not worthy of thought. God forbid that facts get in the way of their urban legend belief system.

    The reality is the righties are pi@@ed off because their ridiculous way of life has come to and end, and their stranglehold of power is over. Perhaps they can close thier eyes and wish real hard for 1950 to come back

    But please realize that the WORLD notes your hypocricy and you have been: weighed, measure and found wanting...

    November 1, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Chad

    You idiots trashing him for passing out candy really need to stop watching Hannity. Listen to yourselves talk, my god. You conservative idiots dont do anything but spread hate and your ridiculous ideologue. You need to finish your high school education then come back and have an intellectual conversation.

    Just like Hannity, Limbaugh and all these other idiots. They didnt even finish college. Let me share something with you fools. Don't think they really mean what they say, they only say it to get ratings and drive you guys nuts. News for you, if i signed a 5 year $100m contract, I WOULD SAY STUPID THINGS TOO TO GET PPL TO WATCH ME!!!

    November 1, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. DesShon Warren II

    What's funny to me is how everyone wants to find fault in every move our President makes. He honors our fallen soliders, it's a photo opt. He tries to impliment a health plan that has been WORKING in Canada forever, he's naive. And Fox News (whom I used to watch) still refuses to call "President" instead calls him "Mr."

    What is apparent to me is that if the "1000 year old" would have won the election then everything would have been good. But, since a black man won and is actually doing something more then starting a war... or continuing his father's war... there's a problem.

    Guess what people... he WON!!! Get over it!!! Now is time for us to get behind his vision for America. Instead of these more seasoned politicians (only because they have been around since the days of the first problem, I mean Bush) trying to find fault they should be trying to get on board with him. Merge their views with his FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!. After all, isn't that why these politicians got into public service in the first place?!

    November 1, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. gowest4life

    This story is about nothing other that the fact that OUR PRESIDENT has a heart and a sense of common decency. Just the fact alone that they did this should be all that we care about here. This man was put in charge of one of the worst political, social and economic situations facing our country in a very, very long time. These things are not going to be easy or quick to fix. Let's back off the criticism, let him know in certain terms exactly what we expect of him and then allow him and his aids to do their very best to make these things happen. Why is it that we act as though because he is the President he should not be permitted to have a social life that any other man. Mr Obama is a man who loves his family and these events allow him to share that with others. I, for one, think this is one of the best changes ever to come to OUR white house and the office of the President of The United States. It's about time!

    November 1, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Aunt Bea and Opie

    The Bush and Cheney Family scared the Nation for eight long years.

    November 1, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Meh

    Fitz> I see. So you would rather the President implement some knee-jerk strategy, insuring that MORE troops will die, rather than put forth something that really makes sense...and yes, that might take a little longer to come up w. Oh well. I guess that's what you get for having a person with an actual BRAIN in the White House.

    It smells like sour grapes up in here, that's for sure!

    What a grand memory for these lucky kids!

    November 1, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. terry,va

    Man that is scary! Obummie gives more bribes. Where's the cars and houses?

    November 1, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. mark

    It is awesome that they handed out candy last night. And no, this first family is not the first to hand out candy on halloween. Bush did it every year, but CNN, MSNBC, etc were too busy dragging him through the mud to cover a similar story.

    November 1, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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