September 11th, 2010
12:56 PM ET
12 years ago

President Obama greets volunteers in DC, helps paint

Washington (CNN)– President Obama continued the commemoration of the National Day of Service and Remembrance for the 9/11 attacks by visiting a DC middle school and helping the Armed Services YMCA program called Operation Kid Comfort.

He greeted volunteers who were sewing quilts for children of deployed service members. The volunteer-based program was created six years ago to give children quilts adorned with pictures of their parents. According to Operation Kid Comfort, the nationwide program has created 7000 quilts.

The president also picked up a paint roller and did a little painting at the Ron Brown Middle School in northeast Washington. He helped to complete a blue stripe around the room and mentioned to some of the volunteers, "They don't let me do this kind of work at the White House."

Earlier in the day, Obama laid a wreath and participated in a ceremony at the Pentagon where he spoke of the terrorist attacks 9 years ago that took nearly 3000 lives.

Filed under: 9/11 • President Obama
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Mr. President, for your continued hard work on behalf of our country and for your support for our military service personnel!

    September 11, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Clint, Wa.

    Comman labor, this something you would never see a Republican do.

    September 11, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    Great leadership We need to help children of deployed service members

    Men and women in uniform are protecting us our responsibilities their kids are ok here

    You are sending good message president

    September 11, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. S. C. C.

    President Obama you are a classy man.
    I hope for God's blessings and continuous
    health and strength for you, the First Lady
    and Malia and Sasha.

    September 11, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |

    I love this guy........There will never be another President like him, in my lifetime.

    September 11, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. jim

    With all this hard manual labor the president needs a vacation !!!!

    September 11, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Up A. Tree

    They don't let you do things like that in the White House because you'll screw that job up too like you've screwed up everything else you put your hands on.

    September 11, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. sandy

    Great to see him do this sort of stuff.

    September 11, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Precious

    "They don't let me do this kind of work at the White House."

    This is so not funny!!

    September 11, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |