November 22nd, 2008
09:56 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama daughters to attend Sidwell Friends

The Obama girls on their way to school in Chicago
The Obama girls on their way to school in Chicago

(CNN) – Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter confirms to CNN the Obama daughters will attend Sidwell Friends school in Washington, DC.

"They looked at a lot of great schools but they felt Sidwell fit their best interests," spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter told CNN.

Chelsea Clinton also attended the school when her father was in the White House.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. Jeff

    Funny how this never became a "controversial issue" with the children of WHITE presidents.

    Yes, we know DC's struggling schools are overwhelmingly black. We get the "irony" as you believe it to exist. But the fact remains that, regardless of race, Obama's children are just as "at risk" as any First Children. Conservative media made Chelsea Clinton's adolescence a living hell, and now they're trying to portray poor Sasha and Malia as elite snobs, or even race traitors?

    With criticism like that, it's no wonder Barack is sending his children to a school where their lives will be kept relatively private and safe.

    November 22, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Philip M.

    Why is there such an issue about the choice of schools? If Mr. and Mrs. Obama want to send their kids to a private school, they have every freedom to do so. When you are the child of the President of the United States and there has been all this hate mongering directed at your father, you are also affected by it.

    Public schools in America are going down the drain (and this is coming from someone who was educated in a public school and taught for one year in the public school system). I do not blame Obama for wanting to send his children to private schools.

    And why is it such an issue that Chelsea Clinton went to the same school? I'm sure all the extreme Republicans will also ramble and rant about how Obama puts his left shoe on first out of habit and how Clinton did the same thing (rolls eyes).

    November 22, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Edisto

    After 8 years of no child left behind – I do not blame our President-elect for making sure his really do not get left behind while he tries to fix a system that he did not create. Give him time perhaps the next President will inherit an education system he/she can in good consciences put their most prized position in. Some of you need to grow up and start acting like adults your children need you to do so!

    November 22, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Wendy from Idaho

    Good for the Obama's! What if they had chosen to home school their
    daughters? Private School is the next best thing to home schooling!
    Did you know that Jackie Kennedy home schooled Caroline and invited
    some of her friends over to the White House for lunch?!

    November 22, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Gaylon Barrow

    If it was good enough for Bill's chld why shouldn't OBAMA have his children attend this school?

    November 22, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. BK

    Its hard to believe that people expect the President to put his children in public schools. Can you imagine the headache for those poor kids as they are randomly badgered by media idiots? Much less the problems the secret service would face trying to protect them!
    People are just looking for reasons to say annoying things. Welcome to the Internet.

    November 22, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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