Obama tries to turn page on nominee woes
If you’re the United States president and two of your nominees for key government posts embarrassingly withdraw on the same day because of tax problems, what do you do?
Well, if you’re President Barack “No Drama” Obama the answer is simple — you go to a local school to read a book to a 2nd Grade school class with your wife.
Obama found himself on the defensive on Tuesday, first after his nominee to oversee and budget reform, Nancy Killefer, and then Tom Daschle, his pick for health secretary, withdrew their names over tax questions.
Just minutes after it was announced that Daschle was withdrawing his nomination, White House aides told journalists the president was hurriedly heading out of the White House to an undisclosed location for a previously arranged event.
That turned out to be Capital City Public Charter School, where 25 school children were sitting on the floor of the library waiting for the president and the First Lady to read to them.
“We were tired of being in the White House. We decided to break loose,” Obama said, before he and Michelle took turns reading from “The Moon Over Star”, an illustrated book about Neil Armstrong’s first landing on the moon. They both held up the book so the class, quietly fidgeting, could see the illustrations.
After letting the children ask him a few questions — his favourite superheroes are Spiderman and Batman — it was back in the armored limousine to the White House, where he was due to face much tougher questions in a round of TV network interviews.
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