the duke & the president

President Obama signs a students presentation of Duke Ellington, March 14, on a visit to Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. He wrote “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!”, a reference to an Ellington composition.

President Obama, accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, talks to students during an unannounced stop in the auditorium at Kenmore Middle School

President Barack Obama talks to students about their projects during his visit to a classroom at Kenmore Middle School

14 Responses to “the duke & the president”

  1. 1 collegekay
    March 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I love when he goes to visit school children

    btw, Chip did you get my note?

  2. 3 Sonjia Duncan
    March 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    The President has started this week running and I want to go back to bed. He is amazing and I thank God for giving us this Man at these terrible times.

    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      March 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      I am struggling with being up at ALL today. Not a napper, but I’ve already taken 2, and am strongly attracted to idea of taking yet another.

      Maybe observing the President has worn me out….he has unbelievable energy, wish I could get a jolt of it.

  3. 5 Proud of Obama
    March 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I’m a lefty like our President. Makes me feel special. Tee hee.

    • 6 FiredUpInCA
      March 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Lefty here too that feels connected to the Prez. I look at the picture of the President and the student wearing the “Obama Believe” t-shirt and I think, how daunting that must be to carry the huge hopes and dreams of a generation and a nation. Then when you see signs like “Yes We Can Too” in Egypt, you realize he carries the hopes and dreams of millions around the world too. I admire his ability to stay centered even in the face of distortions on one side and the highest hopes on the other.

      • 7 Theo67
        March 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

        President Obama talked about this in the “pep talk” clip in the other thread. He mentioned to his staffers and volunteers that realizing that you carry the dreams and hopes of so many people is daunting, but it’s also an amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity.

        Sir Paul McCartney also vocalized the President’s impact, when he said there are “billions” of us rooting for his success. It is absolutely true.

        • 8 Sue in Minnesota
          March 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

          When I think of the enormous responsibility entailed in being President….I can’t wrap my head around it. Thank God we have eleceted the right man for the job. In my mind he is the “only man” for the job.

          Does anyone know what he wrote on the Ellington display? Of course I am curious.

  4. 10 Jazz
    March 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    @ Sue

    PBO’s note looks like “It don’t mean a thing – If it ain’t got that swing” – the name of one of Ellington’s jazz standards.


    • March 14, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      You’re spot on Jazz! Just found this:

      “President Obama autographed the screen picture of Duke Ellington writing “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!”‘, a reference to an Ellington composition.”

      Well done you 😉

    • 12 Sue in Minnesota
      March 15, 2011 at 2:12 am

      Sweet! Thanks

  5. 13 Theo67
    March 15, 2011 at 12:26 am

    At the end of his speech today, he talked about two kids – Catherine and Roberto, both of whom want to be the first woman or Hispanic president, respectively. And then he talked about America being a place where “Catherine, or Roberto or a skinny kid with a funny name, Barack Obama, can grow up to be anything they want, including the President of the United States”. And for those kids in the hall, looking at Barack Obama – who was a skinny kid who grew up to be the President of the United States – he just realized their dreams. Anything is possible, especially when you’re staring at the unimpossible right in front of you. Awesome moment.

  6. 14 Bled Aliu
    March 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    There I am again! I love how i look up “Kid with Obama shirt at Kenmore” and i pop up, haha!

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