November 22nd, 2008
09:56 AM ET
5 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
soundoff (808 Responses)
  1. Cynthia; Bham

    I think it is great that the family did what they felt was best for the girls.

    November 21, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Cathy Agu

    good choice. i went there too.

    November 21, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. george

    What a surprise.

    The more Obama does, the more he indicates that he is just another Washington politician. What happened to his moral outrage about what is happening in public schools? What happened to his support for public teachers?

    November 21, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Kathleen

    No surprise there. School choice for liberals who can afford it, but not for the rest of us. Typical hyprocrisy.

    November 21, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Abby

    Ok, we don't need to know everything.

    God keep those girls safe and happy. Amen.

    November 21, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Richard Larson

    At least the school is known well by the Secret Service and knows how they operate so the presence of Obama's daughters should not be too intrusive. Not only that; it's a very good school.

    It'll certainly be different from public school!

    November 21, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Not one word from you naysayers.

    It would be madness to send those girls to public school and try to protect them. Public schools can't protect the kids they have now.

    This school is familiar with the security necessary to protect these kids since Chelsea Clinton went there.

    We have enough problems in the country than to worry about the safety of the Obama kids in a public situation.

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Phil in Ca

    Great, now leave them alone. Their children and keep your dumb comments to yourself

    November 21, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Zee

    Excellent choice. I went there

    November 21, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. karen-phoenix

    Sooo glad its a private school for security sake! I work at a public school and it would be soooo hard for secret service men. Smart little girls will do sooooo well!!!

    November 21, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Nat

    Not easy changing schools (I was terrified)...... even more daunting doing so with the media glare. Hope Michelle concentrate on being 1st Mom above 1st lady for at least the first school year.

    Wish the kids the very best.

    November 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Darrell Burks

    Those girls deserve the best.

    November 21, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Barbara in NC

    Good – I'm glad to hear they will go where security will be no problem. With all the hate and anger stirred up in the campaign season, I worry about the well-being of all 4 Obamas.

    Wish there were rules about campaigning that say "ONE hate-inciting rally, the candidate is out". Period.

    November 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Iowa Caucus

    what a great school my niece is attending that school now.I hoe the Obama girls will love it.

    November 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. New Yorker

    Isn't that nice that they can go to such a fine school with tuition at nearly $30,000.00 a year. Too bad most of the rest of us have to send our kids to the low rate public schools. How about school vouchers Obama?

    November 21, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. therese st.amant

    Great choice for these two little girls. Protection is also paramount.

    November 21, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Johio

    Smart move. I hope they don't get a lot of grief over this decision. It will be much easier to keep the girls safe in the more controlled environment of a private school. Putting his daughters in Washington D.C. public schools would be too risky just to make a political point. They made the right decision, whatever flak they get for it.

    November 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. USCgirl

    Aw... I thought the girls would go to public school.

    November 21, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. Troy

    Who...cares? I think there are more pressing issues in the World that where Obama's kids are going to school. Yeah, we get it, he's going to be the first black President. Can we stop hearing about it now?

    November 21, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. mtrought

    It is important that they protect the kids from the sometimes messy press

    November 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Brian

    I bet that somehow there will soon be a blogger that will blame Obama's decision to sent their kids to a private school on the Bush Administration. Obama's decision is quintessentially liberal and elitist, such that he may extoll the virtues of a public education while, through his actions, instead really believe the opposite. In other words, "do as I say, not as I do!" BTW, the "Friends" school is theologically Quaker oriented-What about 'no prayer in schools?' Hmm.

    November 21, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Barbara

    I say great for the Obama's. I am pleased that they did not let politics dictate how they chose a school for their children. I know of couple of families that sent their children to the Uof C school in Chicago that the Obama girls currently attend. The U of C school has an excellent program and Sasha and Malia deserve to continue their education in the same type of environment of excellence. If the public school systems were in better condition in all communities no one would have to consider private schools. I sent my child to private school and you just can not duplicate that kind of education in the public school system that exists today.

    November 21, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Steph

    I wish the girls a smooth transition.

    November 21, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Frank Winters

    How can you write a story like that and not mention that it is a private school?

    November 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  25. James Feline

    What? No public school?

    November 21, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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