Here’s some video of President Obama clowning with some students. This was put out by the White House.
Gives you some idea of the setup for these kinds of events, with Secret Service in attendance but not overly conspicuous, and the press paraded in to witness a few moments of Obama doing his thing.
Freeze the press portion and you’ll see Ann Compton, veteran ABC correspondent, and to her left – our right – Steve Holland, who has covered the White House for Reuters for many years. Between the two of them they’ve done about 10,000 of these type of events. Well, hundreds anyway.
The press pool is typically allowed in for just a portion of the event, in this case for ten minutes – enough to get some decent video for a nice, benign TV news spot.