President Obama visited a classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga. on Thursday as part of his push to expand child preschool programs, announced in this week's State of the Union address. Via the White House pool report:
Within a few minutes, the president was escorted into the room by teacher Lauren Parks.
Mr. Obama walked over to the first group of kids who were playing with blocks, and asked, "Can I help?" The children greeted him and asked him to play with them.
During the photo-op, one of the boys asked, "Are you our teacher?" Another boy said, "Welcome, Mr. President." and another child said, "I saw you on TV."
at the first table, two boys eventually became engrossed in a video screen with their backs to the president and were encouraged by a teacher to rejoin the president of the United States.
Mr. Obama gave one girl a high-five, and a fist-bump to another boy.
"You are doing great!" the president said.
At a second table, the president sat in the tiny chair and played with a magnifying glass. Pool couldn't hear what the game was, but POTUS said, "This is sort of like 'I Spy.' I remember 'I Spy.'"
College Heights is a learning center for infants through pre-K, and Obama visited 16 children ages 4 and 5, per the pool report.