The “Wild Things” Were at the White House this Weekend

By Gorman Gorman

Oct 19, 2009 1:45pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

President Obama surprised a cafeteria full of 200 third-and fourth -grade students during lunch-time today in Maryland and divulged that his family saw a private screening of "Where the Wild Things Are" in the White House's movie theater on Sunday.

"When I was really small, I used to love the book that they just made a movie of called 'Where The Wild Thing Are'," The President said, "We saw it yesterday."

This weekend Spike Jonze's movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book raked in a whopping $32.5 million dollars its first weekend at the box office.

Two thumbs up, Mr. President?

"I thought it was really interesting," he said, "I think it's worth seeing."

The President traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland today to congratulate Viers Mill Elementary School for their hard work.. Viers were the first Title I school (receiving federal funding due to its high poverty rate) in Montgomery County to win the National Blue Ribbon for significantly closing the achievement gap in 2005.

"You guys are doing great in terms of your test scores and how this school is doing.  And so this was just a great example of how much improvement a school can make just in a really short time when you've got motivated kids." the President said.

The emphasis today was on reading excellence with the third and fourth grade classes.

"I have heard great things about your school and everybody here is reading all the time," The President said to the students, "You guys are readers and so being a reader myself, I wanted to come meet all these outstanding readers."

-Sunlen Miller

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