November 22nd, 2008
09:56 AM ET
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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. values

    He want the best for his children. Dont hate .

    November 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    So..........who is surprised?
    God forbid that Obama would make an independent and individual decision that deviates from the Clintons.

    November 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Tim

    It's well known that DC public schools are terrible. Obama may wish to support public schools, but first and foremost, he's a father. He has the means to send his daughters to a school that is known for excellence, why shouldn't he?! To call him a hypocrite for that is unfair. Wouldn't you want the best for your kids, especially considering that their safety is also a big issue?

    November 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. giselle

    Placing his daughters in public schools will not transform the school systems. Serious reform is going to occur only when Americans make investment in education as a core value. Educational policy reforms, conscientious oversight, investments in teachers' salaries and training, and increased value of intellectual endeavors are the critical elements of transformation. Little Sasha and Malia do not need to be President Obama's "token gestures" to education reform; the real acknowledgement of education's central place in his administration's priorities will occur when we see who he appoints as Education Secretary and the policies that he supports.

    November 21, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Kimberly


    I agree with you on the Special Service comments, but to say it is better than a public school is too broad of a comment to be true. I'm biased, but I believe the school I teach at is just as good, and I've been to other public schools that are phenomenal. Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind has really decreased the quality of public schooling in the U.S.. It was a very clever way of trying to destroy public education.

    November 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Leroy B.

    Call it what you want. I call it a mom and dad taking care of their kids. I know most of you would like for him to make a statement here but his girls are not regular kids like ours they are now targets that many wack jobs would love to get their hands on. Bottom line they are the Presidants kids and they need to be put in a place that is the most out of harms way.

    November 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. OA

    Wow, the tuition fees are $30,000/Year. Wow, That is more than a lot of households income. Crazyyyyyyyyyyyyy...
    What happened to the public schools?

    November 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Michael

    Seriously people? You are criticizing Obama because of the school that his daughters are going to attend? You people are morons. Absolute morons.

    November 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  9. SPB

    Wow, just tear the guy apart, waiting to rip into him. Truth is the last Presidential child to go to public school was Amy Carter in the 70's. Why? Liberal elitism? How about safety and security. Not just for the Obama kids, but for an entire public school of kids. The intrusion of the necessary security for Presidential children is far more than any public school or it's students are equipped to handle. This is especially true of this Presidents kids. Unfortunately there are many out there ready to do harm simply because of the color of his skin. It is really a sad commentary on what is supossed to be a progressive society. And while we are at it, I have another gripe. Why do I keep hearing about the wealthy liberal elite, when every single culprit of this collapse, every single investment banker, stock broker and commodities trader involved has been a Republican? It is hard to stand for the litttle guy when they are busy standing on the little guys throat. If liberal elitism is code for educated and intellectually curious then I will take that label all day long. We had the MBA President that everyone wanted to have a beer with and he about ground us into irrelevance and poverty. If elite liberals is what it takes to fix it, so be it.

    November 21, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Meka

    To George, Kathleen and Shannon:

    Private School, would be to keep people like you away!

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. barry...dana pt....calif

    All you fools who criticize this decision...don't you realize the impossibility of keeping the Obama kids safe in public are just stupid, jealous, envious Republican losers

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. Kaliska

    I don't think it's horribly hypocritical to send his girls to private school. They're going to be in the biggest fish bowl in the country and I have a hard time believing they could have a "normal" experience in public school. Safety issues and what not. At least at the one they're going to, it's old hat for White House kids. It doesn't mean Obama has given up the public school system already.

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |

    Anyone would be foolish to believe that any sitting president should send their kids to a public school especially in this day and time regarding kidnapping & terrorism. You have to be prudent & realistic and go with an institution that has a good history of dealing with (from a security perspective) high-profile kids. Thus, good choice!

    November 21, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. Roxanne

    All you haters make me sick!! How could the President of the US send his children to a public school. Get a freakin' grip!! I don't blame or fault him. Of course his innocent girls should be protected from ignorant people who wish them or their family hard. Get a grip.

    November 21, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Dave

    leave him alone. If you haven't been keeping up, Obama is going to be the next President of the United States. He might be making a decision about which school to send his kids to based on slightly different factors than you, me, and Joe the Plumber.

    November 21, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Sacha

    Why is it that people seem to expect The Obamas to 'make a statement' by sending their children to a public school when we have all learned that the public schools, including D.C. Public Schools, are failing? Yes, he acknowledged that the schools need work, but should his children be sent to a school that the parents are not confortable with JUST beacuse people would feel comfortable with the decision? Being a parent is his job, long after he leaves the Oval Office. I can't imagine having to worry about the educational safety of my children, let alone their physical safety. Fixing the broken educational system will take time. It will not be fixed on January 20, 2009. In the meantime, Malia & Sasha still need an education. Leave the family alone and allow them to do what they need to do – for their family.

    November 21, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Upenn Student

    First off the kids were in Private schools in Chicago to begin with. Second... if you really thought that a public school in DC would have been safe for those girls, your insane and you care more about politics than the life and happiness of two adorable children.

    November 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Sheri

    Public schools have a safety problem. Good for the girls to attend a private school. Nothing wrong with that. I would do the same.

    It all comes down to safety for the girls and education. Good choice

    November 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Ron

    If you were the most powerful man in the world, would you not send your kids to a private school for security reasons?

    Plus, how would they be able to get an education at a public school with all the secret service people with them? Or anyone else in the school?

    The election is over ! McCain lost ! Get Over yourselves !

    November 21, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. debbie

    Are you people serious? You want the President of the United States to send his children to a public school where there is an obvious lack of security? I thought CNN readers might be more intelligent than that. It has nothing to do with politics and EVERYTHING to do with the safety of their children – you know, considering that their father is PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES for cryinoutloud!!

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Stop It!

    Stop it people! His girls were in private school in Chicago. Why would he put them in public school in DC? You give your kids the best you can regardless. Obama cannot be faulted for doing the best he can by his kids. Geez.

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Concerned citizen

    Obama girls deserve to attend the safest, best school around DC, rest of the world should mind thier own buissiness.

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Anonymous in CO

    I'm glad they decided on a private school for their daughters that the secret service knows. With the McCain/Palin rallies that stirred up so much hate and anger this is the best choice for these two beautiful Obama girls. I wish them loads of success in their new school.
    God bless the Obamas!!

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. TG-from Arkansas

    I understand his choosing this particular school as he wants what he believes to be best for his family both safety and education. I think he can still want and ask for better public schools while still maintaining the utmost support for Public Teachers. I have a friend that used to live in a former bigger city and moved to Fayetteville and decided that because of the way public schools were in the bigger city that they lived in felt that their kids could only be in private schools. I do not feel like it is a bad thing to want for you kids best interests and for their safety first and foremost.

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. branbeth


    What president youknow would send their small kid to a publ;ic school. You really have issues beyond ignorance. Growup and get over it He won fait and square unlike Bush 2004.

    November 21, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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