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
soundoff (808 Responses)
  1. GooGooCluster

    If i could afford it, my kids would go to private school too. Honestly, would you want YOUR kids to go to public school if you had another option? Of course not. Why expect Obama to make choices different than what you would do yourself. Everyone wants the best for their kids, and I'm certain that security was an issue also. How on earth would the Obama girls have been kept safe going to DC public schools? I think this is the best choice all around.

    November 21, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Iowa Mom

    What, with all of the hatred so many show for this man, would you really think he'd send his daughters to public school. Yeah, I'm sure they'd be really protected there. Please, IMO no child of a president should go to public school. It's about keeping them safe.

    November 21, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Travis, CT

    um...to all of those who say he is contradicting himself–don't be stupid. If public schooling is half as bad as experts say it is, I wouldn't send my kids to one either if I could afford not to. A child's education is too important to decide using politics! Sending his daughters to public school won't fix the problem. Reforming No Child Left Behind will. Please, try to use some common sense before you plaster your mental diarrhea all over these blogs.

    November 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Zach

    Kathleen,
    i was going to leave some witty quip about your silly stereotyping...but frankly, the hypocrisy here is that you'd do the same thing in his position. We have an educational system to fix, but there's no reason every move made by the President Elect, especially one so personal, has to be symbolic. Get over yourself and your ideology, the man just wants his kids to transition to D.C. well.

    November 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Gloria

    The choice of school for the first kids should be based on what is best for them and not on what the public would prefer!!

    Good choice.

    November 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Tim

    Did you REALLY think the most powerful person in the free world would send his daughters anywhere their security & safety would be compromised ?? If I were in his position I would want the safest school possible , and I would dear say all of you would also ..

    November 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Shecky

    Obama would have been NEGLIGENT to put his girls in the D.C. public schools where their safety would most definitely be at risk.

    November 21, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. beevee

    The schools is a matter of family choice and the media should leave it at that. Please do not give it any colors.

    November 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Toby

    It's a great school, and I'm glad they'll be going there. Now we just have to wait for the right wing to start screaming about some link between the Society of Friends and Al-Qaeda.

    November 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. American

    Of course he put his daughters in a school with PROVEN SECURITY.

    Get it?

    Seems like the dopes here think Obama should send his kids to a bad public school, move out of the Whitehouse into a foreclosed condo in the hood, drive a rattling '73 Buick Electra 225 and go Greyhound for diplomatic missions instead of using Airforce One.

    November 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Onon

    We should not play politics with the kids education and safety.He made the right choice for his family. Period!

    November 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. Susan L.

    It's pretty typical for liberals to get slammed over putting their kids in private school while supporting public education. But in the case of the Presidential kids, it really is not at all fair to the President's kids or the kids of their public school to send them there. The Obama girls deserve a normal life and so do the kids in the DC school system. Private schools can handle that better and that is no dig on the public school system.

    November 21, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Ms. B in California

    I can't believe that people would question whether the President's daughters should go to a public school!!! Give me a break!!! You certainly didn't have much to say when the other President's kids went to a private school now did you?

    November 21, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Matt in NC

    I can only hope that we will be spared from any silly "Elitist comments...". It is difficult to imagine that anyone would not want their children to attend the best schools in the country. At the end of the day we hope that good will come to all, but perhaps the best will be bestowed to our own.

    Jackie Kennedy had it right so very long ago when she begun the restoration of the White House. The White House should be a showplace for the best that is America. When visiting the White House native and foreign visitors should be inundated with the best foods, the best wines (and beer), the best music, the best art, and the best conversation. And every bit should be stamped “Made in the U.S.A”!

    This idea should naturally be extended to the First Family.

    November 21, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. AlaskanWannaB

    Folks, Obama has been getting a lot of death threats (500 or more past reports). For security reasons, it would be stupid to send his kids to a public school. I'm pretty sure that the secret service weighed in. Would you send yours to a public school under the same circumstances. And, prior to even being the PEOTUS, he was sending his daughters to a private school. Let's get real here. And, grow up.

    November 21, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. teacher

    This does not mean that he won't support public schools–he has to think about the safety of his girls, who are in a uniquely public position. Not a "liberal" move–the move of a father who is invested in his children.

    November 21, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Angela

    Sidwell is a excellent school and and makes the task of protecting Malia and Sash much easier for the Secret Service than at a public school.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Does security matter

    Are you trying to get his family killed. I have heard so many security breaches coming from the news since he has become president elect, if this man gets killed or family get hurt i hope you can truly live with yourselfs

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Linda

    I'm with you, Barbara in NC...I taught in public schools in suburban New Orleans and it is hard enough to keep anyone's child safe in one, let alone these two children. After reading some of the hateful stuff posted on these blogs, and after the hatred strirred up by the unfortunate Ms. Palin, I think security is more important than trying to please the public.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Baraka

    I don't think anyone should get upset by the fact that Mr. Obama is sending his children to this particular private school. First of all D.C. public schools are a mess (he didn't make it, he just has to clean it up) and that not only goes for the education but the security situation as well. For a president children, safety is foremost. He is no longer just any plain ol' Senator, he is our President and we all should think of his and his children's safety.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Jen Minutillo

    Who cares? Every one of you knows that if you could afford to send your kids to a great private school that you would do it too. I was fortunate enough to go to a GREAT public high school, but my parents would have sent us to private school in a heart beat if they could've afforded it. It doesn't mean he thinks he's better than others, it just means he wants his kids to have a good education.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Tim

    Interesting that so many people seem to care where the young Obamas go to school. It's none of your business. It's only the family's business. They make their choices based on their situation – which is what you would want to do, right? (george, kathleen, Frank...)

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. dan

    Get real everyone, there's no way they could send the girls to public schools due to security issues.

    By the way both Michelle and Barack went to public schools.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Kay

    Wow! Imagine a parent looking out for the best interests of his children. I'm sure security issues played a major part in their decision. In case you haters don't know: President Elect Obama has had more death threats than any other elected president in history. Maybe he's just looking out for his family the same way anyone would. Maybe some of you should stop drinking the haterade.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. bernie

    To those that diss people that send their children to private schools, I say more power to them if they can afford it. Kids are now dropped off at public schools as if they were child care centers; if a teacher scolds a child the parents are screaming at the teacher – there is mayhem in many of our public schools, particularly in big cities. I say to those that don't like private schools – perhaps you should try for a school board, or encourage an active PTA, support the public school teachers, and lobby for a raise. My spouse was (notice the past tense) a teacher who had enough of the low pay, lack of parental support, defaced school property, and parents that screamed "lawsuit" instead of disciplining their own children. The education of our children is becoming a wasteland and as long as we have reality tv and our cell phones, we ignore it.
    Good for the Obama's for keeping their children safe. That is responsible parenting.

    November 21, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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