July 31st, 2010
11:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Obamas take in D.C. spy museum


The presidential motorcade filled a D.C. street Friday night as the president and his family visited the International Spy Museum. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) – Well, it seems that sometimes even the first family wants to take in Washington’s tourist attractions.

President Obama, the first lady, daughter Sasha, and an unidentified friend of Sasha’s made an impromptu visit Friday night to Washington’s International Spy Museum.

The museum “is the first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on this all-but-invisible profession,” the museum’s website says. “It features the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display. The stories of individual spies, told through film, interactives, and state-of-the-art exhibits, provide a dynamic context to foster an understanding of espionage and its impact on current and historic events.”

The nation’s commander-in-chief was dressed casually for the outing, sporting jeans, a button-down shirt, and sandals.

There was no word on exactly what the president saw inside the museum but Obama’s jaunt lasted about an hour, according to a White House pool report.

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  1. Timothy McVeigh would have been a teabag leader today

    Good,he has to keep a close eye on the teabags and republican radicals.

    July 31, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. marysmith

    Obama has time to go to the museum, has time to go a a talk show (The View), but our country has problems with the boarder and troops dying overseas but he can't go there. The next time there is an election, I am voting republican.

    July 31, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Steven Rapaport

    I hope they enjoyed it as much as my wife and I as it is a very interesting museum.

    July 31, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. alexander

    who cares ? this guy spends more money on crap than a sewage expert

    what a loser – he will not learn anything there as he is more akin to letting spies go free (recent case in point) and is a moron

    his control over congress will evaporate in November and he will be unemployed in 2013 –

    July 31, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    About time the President took the time out to learn about spying.

    July 31, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The president seems to be a great dad but a spy museum is more like a grown up thing they may have more fun looking at the rat at Chucky Cheese .

    July 31, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    BTW Quick quiz:

    What president has, now, with 2Q 2010 figures released, saved this country by helping direct it to FOUR CONSECUTIVE quarters of GDP growth?

    Thank you Mr. President for ending Bush's recession!

    It's a shame that Fox News and GOPCNN keep wanting us to think a recession is going on in order to hurt you!

    July 31, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. La Piovra

    They'll find something wrong with this, too. Of course, we all know the President's real offense is occupying the White House without being a servant (formerly called "uppity")

    July 31, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Bessy

    Good for them ! Sounds like fun ! Lots to see in DC.

    I'm waiting for the comments from the idiots who think he should never go out and should stay chained to his desk.

    July 31, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. jonas

    any one want to complain how is spending time away from the oval office....?

    July 31, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Cool place

    ... and after Obama visited the Spy Museum, he called Eric Holder and asked him to find a way to prosecute everyone in the museum that spied to help the country.

    July 31, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. usualone

    Washington, DC has the most wonderful museums. Having grown up in that environment, it was always a treat to go to Mall and other places of interest. It is nice that the President is sharing that kind of experience with his family. As adults, the President's daughters will have fond memories of such trips. I am glad the presidency isn't imprisoning him completely.

    July 31, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. George of the jungle

    at least they take their kids on educational outtings. They could have gone to the tractor pull or mud wresteling and ate fried turkey legs and curley fries, Thenyou would have called the patriots.

    July 31, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |