Obama becomes first US president to publicly code

President Barack Obama participates in an 'Hour of Code' event with middle-school students including Adrianna Mitchell in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama became the first occupant of the Oval Office to publicly write a line of code on Monday.

Kicking off's Hour of Code campaign and Computer Science Education Week from the White House, Obama wrote a single line of JavaScript.

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This is what the president wrote, according to CEO Hadi Partovi:


The code, which included a predefined function for a tutorial using characters from Disney's "Frozen," moved a figure 100 pixels.

According to Partovi, Obama "asked if he needs to type the F in upper-case, and he got the () and the ; right too, he was very precise and didn't make a typing mistake."

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"We're starting too late when it comes to making sure that our young people are familiar, not just with how to play a video game, but how to create a video game, not just how to work a smartphone, but how to create the apps for a smartphone," Obama said at the event. "One of the great things about America is we invent and make stuff, not just use it."

Here's a video of Obama working with students on his code: