Tuesday, December 22, 2009

President Visits Boys & Girls Club

President Barack Obama gives out White House Christmas gingerbread cookies, including one in the shape of Bo, the Obama family dog, Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, during a visit to a Boys and Girls Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama brought a beloved book to read. He brought a press entourage. He brought cookies shaped like Bo the dog. But the president of the United States still got a little Christmas reality Monday from a bunch of kids: High-tech toys rule. Dashing into a Boys & Girls Club in northeast Washington, Obama asked about 25 youngsters what they wanted from Santa Claus. An Ipod. A video game. A TV. A video game. A cell phone. A video game.

Obama took off his suit coat and read "The Polar Express," a magical Christmas classic, holding it forward so the seated children could see the pictures.
The children paid quiet attention throughout. Obama rewarded them by grabbing his red velvet-wrapped basket of cookies and offering the children a choice of shapes: Bo the family dog, a gingerbread man or a Christmas maple leaf.

Courtesy: BEN FELLER (AP)