George W. Bush has been mocked for years for continuing to read a book to school children in the moments after he had been told about the attack on the World Trade Center. Forget the kids; focus on the nation’s business, the conventional wisdom said.
The same rules don’t apply to the new president. Yesterday, Obama took time off to seek out some kids to read to. It’s not as if he had better things to do (cabinet appointment scandals, Iranian satellite launches, stimulus bill shenanigans, etc).
With little notice, the president and first lady Michelle Obama bolted the gated compound of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in their tank of a limousine on Tuesday. They ended up at a Washington public school, greeted by children who could not care less about the collapse of a Cabinet secretary nomination.
“We were just tired of being in the White House,” the president candidly told the gleeful second-graders at Capital City Public Charter School.
If he’s tired after just two weeks, might I helpfully suggest he not run for a second term?