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Obama Visits Deanwood Habitat for Humanity Project


As Mike DeBonis first reported over at City Desk, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle visited a Habitat for Humanity project in Deanwood today.

Dressed in gray slacks and a button-down shirt, the president toured two homes currently under construction in the 53-unit development, which is mostly completed and occupied, according to Heather Phibbs, Communications & Community Relations Manager for D.C.'s Habitat for Humanity.

Afterward, the president "used a roller to paint a wall while Mrs. Obama took care of a corner with a brush. The paint was a shade called ‘cool platinum,'" according to the pool report, which follows as well.

“How are we doing over there?” asked Mr. [Kent Adcock, President, D.C. Habitat for Humanity.]

“I don’t think you’re going to have to re-do it,” Mr Obama said. “After we’re gone you’ll be saying ‘that wall is really messed up’.”

The volunteers painting with the Obamas were: Julie Bindleglass and Shakria Cannon-Moye, both GW students; Logan Sheehan, Andrew Modley and Teresa Hamm of Habitat for Humanity; and Bart Thornburg of Americorps.

Crowds of people gathered on the street near the house, cheering and yelling “We love you Obama.”

Back in April, Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act which officially recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. The Obamas showed up at about 12:30 p.m. and took off around 1:20 p.m. They were joined that day by some 20 volunteers from the office of the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Photos by the Corporation for National and
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