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. Linda

    I retired after 35 years in the Dallas Public Schools. No way and no how would I have sent my children to Public Schools. The best teachers are not always in the private schools but at least they get a chance to teach daily instead of having to discipline children who fight, cuss, skip school and have parents whose parent card should be taken away from them The bottom line is that every parent wants what is best for their child. This is not a political statement made by the Obamas, it is one of personal choice.

    November 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. whatever

    Thank goodness the Obamas are smarter parents than the negative posters on here seem to be. I've been in the public schools in DC – where kids get shot for their jackets and sneakers. In elementary school. No president in his right mind would send his daughters there, where they'd be instant targets. And neither would you, if you had the choice!

    November 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Apples for sale

    Obama is smart.Rush Limbaugh hated school and it shows.Just being filthy rich,having a large audiance of nitwits and being a college dropout doesnt make you of sound mind.

    November 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Mary

    What about the poor parents in inner city DC who would like to send their children to private Catholic schools but are unable to get vouchers because they are instead forced to pay into a dysfunctional, mismanaged government educational monopoly?

    Don't those parents have a right to send their children to a safe school? Shouldn't they be able to provide their kids with the best they can give them?

    It costs $ 15, 800. to educate a student in the DC public schools. It costs $ 4,000. to send them to a clean, safe and better performing Catholic school.

    Even the poor should have a choice.

    November 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. jaye

    I'm happy knowing these precious children will be safe and secure.
    Excellent choice, excellent!

    November 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. e

    kids of politicians have been going there for years!

    Nixon's daughters went there. Teddy Roosevelt's son went there. Nancy Reagan herself went there! Its a good school... more power to them!

    November 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Shelby

    Why should Obama's kids go to a public school? Why is this any different than Chelsea Clinton or Amy Carter? The scrutiny on President Elect Obama is off the charts...and he has yet to become President!

    November 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Alex

    Thanks for this very relevant, very political addition to the ticker CNN.

    Now how about some NEWS?

    November 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Wake UP America

    Elitist... change, change, change... he keeps changing everything he ran for.... careful what you which for folks.......

    November 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. knowing

    All of the naysyers need to stop. My son attends a similar $30K per year private school in NYC and we live in Flatbush, Brooklyn. I'm not rich at all. But I sacrifice and choose to live in a not so great neighborhood and pay very little rent to afford to give my child the best education the city can buy. Contrary to popular belief, private schools do give financial aid and scholarships to 50+% of their students. Those of you who would, regardless of income level, put your children in failing public schools to prove a point to the nation are unfit parents. The Obamas' first responsibility is to their girls and giving them the best possible leg up they can. And please note that the girls were in private school BEFORE he became president. His grandmother scrimped and saved to send him to private schools. Since when was private school synonomous with being "out of touch". Give me a break.

    November 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Future parent

    Obama sending his kids to private school does not deviate from his support for better schools. Those with negative comments as to why he didn't choose a public school, take a look at DC public schools. They are failing and violence is nonstop. If you had the choice to send your kids to private school or public school, which would you chose? You are the hypocrites, not Obama. If he had chosen public schools, you all would be making the same comments that he doesn't know what he doing. Sending his daughters to public school will not change anything. Changing the school system will take time. Just because you cannot afford private schools for your kids, don't be mad. Work harder!

    November 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Ned A. Voucher

    What do you bet that school isn't apart of the teacher's union. Good for him and the kids. Public schools and the teacher's unions are a disgrace. Obama should come out in support of vouchers right now.

    November 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Jen, Cali

    Who cares?

    November 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Tony

    Jealousy will get you nowhere

    November 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. Hillary 2012

    It is my understanding that they did not even consider a public education for their girls. This change is really getting old. With all the Clinton on the scene I hardly see any change at all.

    November 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. republicans hate america

    George your an idiot a real dumb idiot. why would Obama risk putting his girls next to your toothless redneck kids?

    November 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. matt

    Who the hell cares. Instead of these stupid articles where's our fearless leader during this time of crisis.

    November 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  18. Mike, Albany

    Hi children are not pawns to be used to make a political statement. Obama has every right to act in the best interests of his daughters. All of you Obama-hating republicans out there, you claim to belong to the party that espouses family values. Well, take note: Family values means NOT using your children as political pawns. It DOES mean ensuring that they receive the best education you can provide for them!

    November 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. gm

    Let’s be REALISTIC…It should not matter your politics, but should matter that these are the President’s children and their SAFETY is paramount. This has nothing to do with support or non-support for public/private school/teachers and everything thing to do with being REALISTIC

    November 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. Ms. Smith

    How silly and unfair the negative types on this site are. Who would NOT send their children (young as they are) to the best and safest school system affordable - President or not. Let's not be total hypocrites folks. When it comes to the education of our children, we are all the same! Public schools are a joke today - I know, I'm a Instructor who works with at-risk adolescents. He and his wife made the only intelligent choice possible.

    November 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Riaz

    Its around $30K per kid per annum; If they can afford, they should... It is their choice !!! I hope we all can get vouchers like this to send our kids to schools like this!!!

    November 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. MRS

    It is none of our business where he sends his children to school. They need to focus on the economy and the American people that are struggling everyday. They keep giving money to all these companies to bail them out. People are struggling every day and trying to figure out how to pay their gas and electric, house payment and putting food on the table for their children. Who is going to help us? I know I sure could use some help. They are many people that could use help.

    November 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. Margie

    Is this a "fair and balanced" website or do you only allow comments which promote the Democratic agenda, including the bloated and corrupt teachers unions and the Dept. of Education's refusal to allow competition in public education which have turned our public schools into the laughingstock of the rich world?

    November 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Karen

    THE GIRLS LOOK VERY HAPPY. I HOPE THEY HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME AT SCHOOL.

    GOOD JOB MOM AND DAD!

    November 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Gene

    Oh my god! More ties to the Clintons! WHERE IS THE CHANGE?!?!?!?

    Ok.. I'm just kidding :) I haven't read the comments yet, but I'm sure there'll be one in there like that.

    November 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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