Obama: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”

I just needed to get away from the White House for awhile. Who wants ice cream? (ap)

President Obama today took an unannounced trip to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. Viers was the first Title 1 school in Montgomery County to win the National Blue Ribbon (in 2005) for significantly closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.

During his visit, Obama talked up reading with third and fourth-graders during their lunch period. The school motto is “Read, Read, Read!”

“So you guys are readers,” Obama said. “And so, being a reader myself, I wanted to come meet all these outstanding readers.  Because you guys are reading so much and you're working so hard, you guys are doing great in terms of your test scores and how this school is doing.  And so this was just a great example of how much improvement a school can make just in a really short time when you've got motivated kids.”

He added, “So I wanted to come by and introduce myself, to say I'm very proud of you.”

That's nice. The president spent about 30 minutes mingling and discussing the kids' latest books — Harry Potter, “Goosebumps,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which he said Sasha and Malia found “hilarious.” He mentioned the book, “Where the Wild Things Are” and said he'd just seen and liked the movie.

What was Obama doing visiting a local school? It has nothing to do with whatever is going on with him right now — Afghanistan, health care, climate, fund-raising.  Not coincidentally, perhaps, the White House today announced the the stimulus spending “saved or created” 250,000 education jobs.

Another theory: Obama skipped his weekly golf game yesterday and needed a mind-clearing trip away from the West Wing. As the kids say, “how random.”

 

 

 

Beltway ConfidentialUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Kindergarten teacher Chris Johnson in his classroom at Bryant Elementary School ahead of the school’s reopening on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD students are going back to the classroom

After more than a year of distance learning, city schools begin reopening on Monday

Keith Zwölfer, director of education for SFFILM, stays busy connecting filmmakers and studios with public, private and home schools<ins>.</ins><ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner) </ins>
Streamlined SF film festival focuses on family features

In the early days of the San Francisco International Film Festival, the… Continue reading

“Gay Passover,” a fun Haggadah, includes some cocktail recipes. <ins>(Courtesy Saul Sugarman)</ins>
A Passover journey toward something different

It was nice to see my family, and I look forward to reconnecting with friends

Oakland A’s left fielder Tony Kemp fielded a fly but missed the catch in the April 5 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Oakland Coliseum. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Bay Area sports for week of April 11, 2021

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject… Continue reading

The involving historical novel “The Bohemians” imagines photographer Dorothea Lange’s life in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)
‘Bohemians’ explores life of legendary photographer Dorothea Lange

Artist’s talent, compassion revealed in Jasmin Darznik’s historical novel

Most Read