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President Barack Obama, accompanied by the first lady, stopped by a Habitat for Humanity project today on 54th and Clay Streets NE near the Richardson Dwellings.

Here’s the pool report, filed by Anna Fifield of Financial Times:

The president and Mrs Obama on Friday afternoon went to a Habitat For Humanity housing project in Deanwood, north-east Washington DC.

They visited a three-home development that will be completed at the beginning of next year.

Kent Adcock, the Habitat chair, took them on a tour of the project then they went into one of the houses, where they helped to paint the living room.

Mr Obama 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’.

“How are we doing over there?” Mr Adcock asked.

“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 and Andrew Modley of Americorps;
Teresa Hamm and Bart Thornburg of Habitat for Humanity

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

The visit seems to have been kept a mystery to local politicos. Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander says she was unaware of the visit. It is not clear whether Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was there. He has no events on his public schedule today.

UPDATE, 5:30 P.M.: Ruth Samuelson has oh so much more at Housing Complex.

Photo courtesy of D.C. Habitat for Humanity