President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to a Maryland elementary school Monday after visits to his daughters' schools for parent-teacher conferences. During the 30-minute visit, Obama asked excited students what they were reading and shook their hands. "There was an authentic connection, because [Obama] has children and he knew their books," said Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jerry D. Weast. "He was able to relate to their books and, without any kind of hesitation, respond to their questions."

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