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
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  1. Tim

    You people are absolutely, ridiculously, detestably insane. You want the most powerful man in the world sending his African-American daughters to public school when there are nuts all over out there threatening him and calling him–and his family–every name in the book? You are drawing comparisons to another president based on the school his daughter went to? I am convinced this country should require IQ testing before registering voters. Maybe we wouldn't be in this situation... or the situation of the last eight years. I am so miserably ashamed that I voted for Obama. Not because of him... he is a decent person....... but because of his "supporters". Or maybe we just need new legislation banning commenting functionality on informational/news Web sites.

    November 21, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. FredBloggs

    Celebrity Obama picks a school for his kids. Next it will be "what is Michelle wearing today?" then "what puppy will they pick". When will the media actually focus on what this moron will do for the nation other than his terrible choices already to go with the old Clintonistas. Seems like it is business as usual in DC after all. So much for CHANGE. And thanks for tanking the economy Barry – why don't you try showing some leadership and step up to the plate. Tell Wall Street you have no intention of raising the Capital Gains Tax so people stop dumping their stocks. Oh, that's right you WILL raise taxes. God help us all.

    November 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  3. Willie

    I cannot believe the responses posted !!

    This is not a political issue, this is a principal of what is best for the children, which is first their safety and their level of learning.

    Most likely, they may be ahead of their grade level anyway.....heck if you can count to the number ten, you will certainly be a strong canidate to graduate from DC public Schools.

    DC public schools are dangerous. Period. I would not risk putting my kids there either.

    Ask a DC resident. the sediment is the same.

    No matter what Obama does, it will not satisfy all. Get over it.

    November 21, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Too bad they didn't go to public school. Just think how great that one public school would become.

    November 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Aten Imago

    A great choice BUT they have a drug use problem just like any other school. Watch out.
    I have two siblings that attended. The Society of Friends is the right philosophy for a neo multi-cutural America.

    November 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. me

    CNN really needs to have a 'reply' option on some of these comments...people are posting some outlandish things and they need to be addressed...

    i'm just glad they're going to a private school.

    November 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. DC Steve

    My God...you negative people are either stupid, non-considerate...or just plain evil! Let that man and his wife make the decisions for their children. I doubt any of your comments will cost them any sleep!

    November 21, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. Linda32

    Those that think less of Obama for sending his children to private school are SICK.

    1. The Obama girls were attending private in Chicago.
    2. No public school can keep them properly secure.
    3. The children are not pawns in the public/private school debate.
    4. It is the Obama's choice and only the Obamas.

    November 21, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. Bryan

    Geez...some people. Their kids are now would-be targets of every nut case and terrorist. Security is a huge issue. Can you imagine a kidnapping situation involving a child of the president...democrat or republican? Give them a break.

    November 21, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Evelyn

    I'm more concerned about the reporting (or lack thereof) of the story by CNN's Ed Henry than the choice of the school the President-elect and his wife made for their children. Nothing was mentioned in the title about whether the school was private or public. Nothing was mentioned in the article about whether the school was private or public. Why was that?? Hmmm.....let me guess!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. angie in dallas 28

    be safe little ones!!!
    a LOT of weird-o's out there

    November 21, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Texas Trail Kitty

    I hope the Obama daughters enjoy their time at Sidwell Friends. Coming from an environment like the U of Chicago Lab School, another top flight private school was the only choice. Any detractors on the website are probably jealous, vindictive Republicans (are there any other kind) who resent these lovely young ladies. And Kathleen, you are an idiot. Usually it is rich conservative WHITE CHILDREN who attend these sorts of schools. I believe your irritation stems from two lovely black girls whose parents can afford private schooling for their children. Get over it. You too George. The Obama children deserve to be schooled anywhere their parents want them to go. Kathellen and George are probably not smart enough to understand that successful people have more options.

    I'm not as successful as the Obamas, but I chose to sacrifice and sent my daughter to a private school. I feel that it was worth every penny. Don't hate the player; hate the game. And by the way LIBERAL is no longer a dirty word. Really Republicans, why don 't you update your thinking?

    November 21, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. TW

    Home schooling would be a preferred option, NO?

    November 21, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  14. JNC, California

    Wait a minute, for all of you that are saying these children should go to public school...please...Safety and security first....These children deserve it...If it were you children, you would want the same!!!! So quit hating!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. Jasmine in Germany

    You don't have to be rich to send your kids to private school, you just have to make education a priority (sadly enough, many public education institutions in the US have educational deficits). How many of you are overweight because you don't cook intelligently or make healthy salads at home? You seem to have have enough money for fast food which is more expensive. How many of you have electronic toys at home, but no books? Do you read to/with your children? How many of you have gas-guzzling cars, don't walk or take a bike and have never sat down with your child and discussed a map of the world and its' geography or politics? Do you even understand why "education" in the US is on the list for improvement? The public schools can not improve without the support of the people. Can you tell me what the capital city of Paraguay is? Can your kids? My immigrant parents busted their butts to send me to a private school, all too often has the public school system failed. I thank them. My God, just look at the OEDC "PISA" scores for the USA! Shape up America and thank God that the Obamas found a decent school in their new town!

    November 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. Republican for Obama - TX

    Who cares what schools the girls go to?? I think Obama made the best decision for him and his family. Anyone who doesn't like it? Deal with it!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  17. Mary

    I can't believe people are already casting blame and judgment on a man who hasn't even been inaugurated yet. He is not even president yet and Americans are cynically washing their hands. Whether you voted for him or not...give him at least a chance to do something before you break out the criticism!

    Yes, there are some people who have been selected from the Clinton administration including Hillary Clinton. However, as anyone considered that pretty much every viable Democratic appointment would have to be pulled from the Clinton administration? Where do you think these people got their experience from? Did you hope that he would pick a no name nobody with no experience? Have we so easily forgotten what happens when such things occur...Sarah Palin for one?
    Pretty much every Democratic candidate for positions would have to have cut their teeth by working for or with the Clinton administration!

    Give me a break!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. memaw

    I don't think anyone can argue there are MAJOR problems with DC public schools, and i don't think having the Presidents children attend them is the best approach to fixing them. What may be the right approach is for people to continue to have this discussion, because someone 'up there' needs to hear us and maybe THEY can do something to help the children and parents that DO attend those schools.

    November 21, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. candy wilson

    I worked the Campaign and I am still happy... My daughter teaches in a great Public HS.. But I don't believe I would want her teaching in public school in DC.. And we are not Famous....Excellent choice.. Needs to worry about safety fist.....

    November 21, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Dustin

    You people who are whining about the whole school choice thing are idiots! Barack Obama always said that he would not use his daughters as political pawns. No one complains that they currently attend private school. Why would he want to ruin their education by sending them to the WORST schools in the nation? He has to do what's best for his family. Besides, sending his kids to a public school wouldn't change those schools at all, except to make them a media circus and a security nightmare. You hypocrits should be ashamed of yourselves for villifying a good father. You'd do the same thing if you had the means. So please, give the man a chance. You're tearing him down before he's even taken office, and some of you hypocrits said you supported him in the election. SO WHY NOT SUPPORT HIM NOW?!?!?!

    November 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Kevin

    I have a 3 yr old and already it is expensive for her to go to school, but any sacrifice that I need or will need to make for my kids to have the best, I would...period! Those folks on here who have a problem with the Obama's decision in all likelyhood do not have kids of their own. If they do, then they certainly don't care about them the way a parent should.

    Good Luck Mr. President.

    November 21, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. SHIRLEY

    TO GEORGE IF YOU GOT SO MUCH TO SAY REGARDING THE OBAMA KIDS EDUCATION WHY DONT YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM VOLUNTEER TO TUTOR KIDS AFTER SCHOOL DO SOMETHING TO HELP OR SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. MBFLA

    These girls would be at real risk of kidnapping or much worse in a public school. A private school is better prepared to handle the kind of security required to protect these children while they learn. The Obamas made the only rational choice they could make for their daughter's safety in this crazy world.

    November 21, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  24. WiseOneUSA

    All the talk about being the main street guy is now out of the door.....private schools are only for the elite.......

    If security is a big issue....home school will be the best.....

    November 21, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  25. Eloise C

    Oh lovely! Let's just announce where their kids are going and possibly risk their safety. Smart... real smart! And the change thing people... you're all right... it wasn't 4 more years of Bush "The One" wanted... it is 8 more years of Clinton!

    November 21, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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