Seven-year-old challenges Obama to game of foosball

President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to a boys and girls club in Northeast Washington on Monday afternoon, toting a basket of gingerbread cookies baked in the shape of Christmas trees, gingerbread men, maple leaves and First Dog Bo Obama.

"Have you guys been good?" Obama asked the group of 27 children at the Richard England Clubhouse and Community Center.

"Yes!" the kids between the ages of 6 and 11 answered.

"Do you think you deserve cookies?"


"You sure, now?"

"Yes!" they cried in unison.

Obama handed out cookies before sitting down to read the award-winning classic children's book "Polar Express," complete with a special Santa Claus voice for the "Ho Ho Ho's."

After he finished reading, the president asked the kids what they wanted for Christmas. Their responses included cell phones, video games, and iPods.

"Whatever happened to, like, asking for a bike?" Obama asked, surprised by the high-tech requests.

"Everbody has a bike," he was told.

One child told the president he wanted a cell phone.

"Who you gonna call?" Obama asked.


"Like who?"

After sharing a few observations about Christmas, Obama passed out more cookies. They must have been good, because the children clamored for him not to leave.

Before departing, seven year-old Niko Letterlough presented the president with a win-win deal.

"Will you come back and play me at foosball?" Letterbough asked Obama.

"You know, I hate getting beat," Obama replied.

"I'll let ya win," said the second-grader, before giving the president a fist-bump.

"That's what I'm talking about," Obama said.


(Photo: Reuters)