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.


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  1. carol

    George and I'm sure many others!!!

    Are you serious!!!!!
    Why would the President send his children to a public school.....do you think them not worthy of security for heavens sake, what a ridiculous statement.
    So I guess now his children are going to a private school all Obama's plans for public school's will be put on the back burner....boy, how quickly people jump to that conclusion and it is so stupid.
    Those children will be in a different environment come next year and they need full protection and rightly so.....all you folks who are complaining about typical politician, typical liberal.....need to remember he will be the President, not a politician or liberal and the safety of his family is paramount.

    November 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Kyle

    Honestly, there should be a requirement that President's daughters send there kids to a private school. They are not "normal" kids, not everyone can say that there dad is the President of the United States. Not to mention that the education in public school sucks!

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

    Kathleen are you the potus i didnt think so this job comes with perks
    eg you ride in the marine 1 air force one etc thats why he is our potus dont hate did you want him to send his kids to be mugged in these bad schools no.

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

    How dare Obama think about the education and safety of his girls. Anyone who has a problem with this is dumb.

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

    I Have four kids. Washington DC, White House, No White House, President or regular joe. My butt would be working 5 jobs to put my kids in private schools.

    Leave this man alone. He is doing the best for his daughters!

    November 21, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Leo

    When will the country learn that a politician is a politician and that they will say anything to get a vote?

    Sure, while he was on the campaign trail it was "we must support public schools and their teachers" but now, he's won...who cares what he said then. Send my daughters to a school 3/4 of the country cant afford.

    I'm all for giving your kids the best education you can, but come on! BE HONEST and say Yes I support public schools but the state they are in, I'm not going to put my kids in one.

    As Kathleen said, typical hypocrisy....maybe 4 years from now the Republicans new slogan can be TOLD YOU HE WAS NO DIFFERENT!

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

    I do not blame President-elect Obama (and his wife) to choose the best for their kids. If they can afford, they should avail. Of course, security is a concern and choice should be made to have the family safe and sound.

    I voted for him. But, so far I have not seen much change. Yes, he shows maturity in his press conference but it is the same team, same choices that we are familiar with and he is just another politician so far.

    I never expected him to change things overnight. But I do not see much change, it is same inside the beltway gang.

    November 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. E.C.Coleman

    Obviously, Obama's 'moral outrage' of the education system was purely for political reasons and only for the benefit of undereducated or uneducated voters.
    Too bad that he fooled those poor people.
    Obama is no different that what we have seen in D.C. for years and years.

    November 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Ellen in Florida

    There were over 500 credible threats made against the Obama's during the campaign. It's unfortunate you poor losers don't see this as a safety issue. I bet if your kids were in harms way you would make a similar choice. If you didn't vote for him and didn't agree with his policies you aren't going to agree with the decisions he makes on anything. Quite your whining.

    November 21, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Diana

    I'm a public school teacher and I do not see a problem with this. They've made the right decision for their family. It's a personal decision.

    November 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Cami

    I agree wth all of you who write that safety for the girls is what is most important. How would all of the people here, who object to them going to this school feel, if something horrible were to happen to them?

    November 21, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. All of You

    The safety of the President's children comes before anything else. Furthermore, there is not a single person who would not send their child to a private school if it was possible. If you deny it, then you are not to be believed. Every parent desires for things to be better for their children then they had. If they do not and yet are able to, then I question their parenting.
    It is NOT hyprocrisy to, it is common sense.

    November 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Croatian in America

    WHAT !!! WHy do we ALL work hard .... only to have the best for our kids.
    What the heck is wrong with that.... How would those kids be safe in public school..... ???? COME ON....STOP AND THINK...DUH!

    November 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. John

    Good choice. Get off their backs.

    November 21, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Marie, TX

    Um...what are you people complaining about? Why are you outraged that Obama picked a qualified, safe school for his daughters? It is obvious that a public school is pretty much out of the question when you consider all of the safety issues that are required for whichever school they chose. Last time I checked the President *does* make about $400,000. Just because he is successful doesn't mean he has lost sight of how the American people are struggling. He wasn't born into money; he has earned and worked for everything he has. Just look at how hard he worked to be elected! In my opinion he has earned the right to pick the best & safest school for his daughters. Don't be a 'hater' just because he is successful and cares for the well-being of his daughters; it's petty and pathetic. I would do the same if I were in his shoes and you probably would too if you think about it.

    November 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Courtney

    To George and Kathleen–

    Have you ever been in a DC public school? They are horrendous. No sane person living in DC with the resources to send their child to private school would ever send their child to a DC public school. This does not make the Obamas hypocrites. It makes them good parents who care about the safety and well-being of their children. Besides, the Carters tried sending Amy to a public school when Jimmy Carter first took office, and it was a disaster, security and media-wise. Why repeat this mistake?

    November 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  17. A supporter of the Obamas

    What's so wrong with the Obamas choosing private school over public? They are concerned for the safety of their children. This shouldn't even be a topic of discussion.

    November 21, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  18. teila

    If we didn't home school, we'd send our kids to private school too; not only to keep our kids away from the spit wad throwing riff raff, whos parents send them to school smelling like smoke, but mostly because public school teaches too much worthless crap that has nothing to do with making it in the real world.

    Physics, chemistry, bio science, high level math, and the same type of reading/comprehension skills that a kid will have to know to be successful on the SAT, LSAT, MCAT, ACT, etc.. THAT is what matters!

    Think we'll be teaching our kids the names of Christopher Columbus' wooden ships? Puuhleeeze! Think we'll have them read McBeth? Not! We think our kids could better spend their time- all the lame humanities they can get in college when they take (you guessed it) HUMANITIES!

    I refuse to set my kids up for failure.. we're giving the educational tools so they won't work at a place like GM or UPS for 20 years, then don't have a pot to piss in when the company goes flop.

    Public school? LOLOLOL riiiiight! The Obamas know what time it is!

    November 21, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  19. Joyce

    Will all of you fault-finding individuals for one moment stop blowing unnecessary steam and think of those 2 girls' safety. Obama and his family have received more death threats than any other President. It's not a matter of what school is better – public or private – it's a matter of which is safer, not only for the 2 girls but the other kids who will be around them.

    There is no doubt in my mind our President-elect supports public schools, however, given what they are up against with the Secret Service and the crazies out there, are they capable of handling what needs to be done? So all you anti-Obamas loonies who are just looking for any excuse to hate on our next President, please get over it. Your man lost. If you were in the same position, you probably wouldn't do anything differently. If you claim you would then I would question your judgment as a parent wanting to keep your child safe!

    November 21, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. Cynthia

    Darn, give the guy a break. He is doing what is right for his children. The education system sucks. His kids were brought up in private schools so they should remain there. Also, he hasn't even been sworn in as president yet! Lol, the nut jobs just want to have something negative to say. All I can say is just wait. You will see this man is brilliant. He is going to fix the mess Bush put us in and the school system will benifit from it as well. Give him a chance. He is not stupid.

    November 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Salihu Takko (Nigeria)

    A clintons stereotype! This guy is been naming clintons people all over again to his cabinet, yet he shifts another gear to drop his 2daughters at former chelsea's school. With his daughters @ a D.C public school I believed attention must be paid to the system, but sending them to a riches private school this is the begining of the the end of hoping for a radical change in addressing the Public schools problems!

    November 21, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Emma

    The safety of those precious girls is the most important factor.

    November 21, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Susan

    Unless you are acquainted with a whole bunch of public school teachers, please don't say we are "all for ourselves and not for the kids." I took a huge pay cut 5 years ago to switch out of the private sector and into teaching high school math in the inner city. I have never regreted it, but it certainly isn't for the money - it's ALL about the kids!

    November 21, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. john in MN

    What a hypocrisy! private schools for all then? Kings and Queens are the desired leaders of liberals.

    November 21, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Goose

    Sure they want what's best for their children. That's what we all want. So give us the vouchers so that we can afford to make the same selection as the rich liberals make!

    November 21, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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