The Washington Times - January 29, 2009, 12:56PM

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama this morning made a trip to the Bethesda campus of Sidwell Friends, where daughter Sasha attends school.



Just yesterday, as Jon Ward blogged, Obama was making fun of Sidwell and other D.C. schools for shutting down amid the ice storm, saying they needed some “flinty Chicago toughness.”


Here are portions of the pool report from the unexpected trip:

POTUS and FLOTUS took a motorcade to Sidwell Friends, Lower School, in Bethesda, Md., this morning for what the White House press office says was a “class presentation.” The Lower School is where the first family’s younger daughter, Sasha, attends. We’re told by the White House press office that the daughters, Sasha and Malia, were driven to school separately, earlier this morning.

Before they departed, the motorcade of black vehicles held on the East Driveway until POTUS and FLOTUS exited the East Wing. POTUS walked to the rear right door of a waiting black SUV and got in. FLOTUS, wearing a calf-length purple coat, lavender scarf and black heels entered the rear left door of the same vehicle.

The motorcade pulled out at 7:39 a.m.

The motorcade proceeded north on Connecticut Avenue. Since this was a non-official trip, the motorcade stopped at every traffic light.

The motorcade arrived at the Sidwell Friends Lower School at 8:15 a.m.

POTUS and FLOTUS were seen walking on a path past a playground with a pink plastic slide toward the school. FLOTUS walked on the left and POTUS on the right. POTUS was wearing a dark suit with a white collared shirt and blue tie, no overcoat. FLOTUS was wearing the previously mentioned purple overcoat and lavender scarf.

POTUS and FLOTUS were not seen exiting the school or getting back into the vehicle for the return trip. They did not speak to the pool or make any comments. A small group of three adults and two young children on a corner waved and screamed “hi” as the motorcade passed.

The motorcade returned to the White House via the southwest entrance at 9:51 a.m. 


After this brief excursion, the president and first lady appeared in the East Room as Obama signed his first law.


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 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times

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