Rahm Emanuel Reads to Small Children, Ad Libbing All the Way
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The White House played it straight, because really, what else could it do? But a blog item that went up on the White House blog this afternoon hardly did justice to its material, above:
On August 10, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for the Department of Education's summer reading initiative, "Read to the Top!" During the event, Barnes read "10 Things I Can Do to Help My World" to encourage students to take practical steps to save our planet. Rahm Emanuel read "Duck for President," a story about a duck who overcomes the odds to take the highest office in the country. After the event, the students snacked on popsicles and read their own books in the shade - a welcomed break from the summer heat.
What that description fails to cover is Emanuel's ad-libbed political commentary on the strategy of the duck, Barnes's heroic but failing attempt to not totally crack up as Emanuel read the book aloud and the incredibly cheesy music to which the video excerpts are set. But really, it's the kind of thing you just have to watch.
Posted at 5:05 PM ET on Aug 17, 2009
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