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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dropped by Capital City Public Charter School this afternoon to read to a group of second-graders from a picture book entitled "Moon Over Star," an account of the first moon landing in July 1969.

It also happened to be a good diversion from the day's news about health secretary nominee Tom Daschle stepping aside. But a bad day at the White House doesn't have to be a bad day in the District. Or so it seems.

According to the Associated Press, the president told the second-graders: "We were just tired of being in the White House." He reportedly shook each child's hand.

"It was a great honor for the president and the first lady to take time out of their busy schedule to recognize the work that we do here," Leensa Fufa, 27, one of the second-grade teachers at Capital City told the D.C. Wire. Her students were among the 25 who got a chance to visit with the president and hear his reading in the school's library.

Principal Janine Gomez said that she learned yesterday from the White House that the president would be coming to visit the school at 15th and Irving Streets NW and the moment was very special.

"I thought about all of the struggles that my ancestors have gone through before we had equal rights. I saw two worlds coming together," she said.

President Obama was greeted at the front door by two students, who were each excited about meeting the Obamas. One of them reportedly even asked about voting rights for the District.

Fifth-grade teacher Wanda Gregory said that she has been teaching her students about the plight of the District in terms of self-determination. "This is a moment that they will remember for the rest of their lives," she said.

In addition to reading to the second-graders the Obamas walked through parts of the school that opened in 2000, according Karen Dresden, the head of the Capital City Public Charter School.

Hamil R. Harris

By Marcia Davis  |  February 3, 2009; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  Education , Obama  
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