November 22nd, 2008
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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. A public school teacher

    This in no way indicates a lack of concern from the Obama administration towards public schools- it is a safety choice for his daughters. I'm confident he'll still do everything in his power to improve the fledgling DC school district and public schools around the country.

    November 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Caroline

    Wonderful news to hear. Regardless of which school the Obamas choose, it's a delight that education is obviously a top priority for them and their children.

    What difference does it make what school they decide to attend Malia and Sasha? That's their own business. Thousands of parents, every year, make the decision to send their children to private schools. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, and we should be supportive of the Obamas and their PERSONAL DECISION on where to send their daughters.

    -Proud Graduate of a Private School

    November 21, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  3. Edie Montague

    Oh for goodness sakes. He is in the highest profile position in this county and you expect his kids to go to a public school. I guess what you are really saying is throw them to the wolves and maybe just maybe something will happen to them. I pray for all of you, because one day it may be you.

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Foxhole Atheist

    Anyone who suggests the first African American president should put his daughters in a public school is a moron. This is a privacy/security issue. Get a life you simpletons.

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. richard

    Kathleen, you are very dumb.

    Private schools provide better protection for famous children. I'm sure you would put your own children in harms way just to make a political point.

    very stupid on your part.

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. A.E.

    Geoge and Shannon – You are both idiots!

    These girls are high profile kids. You know there is some whacco out there just waiting. Besides, what better way to support public education that to not disrupt the lives of hundreds of kids for just two?

    Where they send their kids to school and what policy and programs they institute are very different. Remember, Laura Bush is a librarian and George doesn't (or can't) read. Look at the fine mess they have made of things. Best reserve your judgement for Obama's actual action on behalf of the nation, not for his kids.

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Angelina

    Security is a must for this family, so please quit the nasty attacks and wish the future US First Family well. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were not raised with silver spoons, or government handouts, so let's work together a help this newly elected President make the much needed necessary changes. PEACE!

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Joe M

    Forget the carping. Sidwell Friends is well known to a lot of us as is its founding by Quakers whose philosphy it espouses to the present day. Hunter Biden's children go there as well.

    The "carping" by some above about "liberals", "hypocracy" and a few other choice words, reveal a "reverse snobbery". The Obama girls have been in private school in Chicago, are very bright and need to be challenged. Sidwell Friends fits the bill to a "t" and I know most Americans will join me in wishing them all the best.

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Just another

    His girls have always gone private–why is anyone surprised?

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Cert IsGood

    After all the pretensions of being the "peoples president" and empty campaign rhetoric such as "our public school" system its a pity to watch the obama's choose a PRIVATE school for their kids. Its a candid acknowledgement by the president elect that the public school system in this country is rotten. While millions who voted for him continue to depend on public school system for their kids it is painful for all of us to watch Obama's action betray us. When are we going to have a president who will walk the talk and truly prove to be one of us.

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Dr. J.J.

    Some crazy comments. How can this president –with plans to take his life uncovered already, before he is president– send his kids to school with the public? Are you guys thinking?

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. I can't believe...

    How insensitive some folks on this post are...Who cares...what is first and foremost improtant is the safety of those girls...if private school makes them more safe than private school it is...

    His administration's attention to making public schools better has nothing to do with where his children attend school...If he is genuine in his desire to change the school system he will do just that...get off it!

    November 21, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Dave

    I'm happy they are in a private school. They will be in a more safe and secure enviroment. It has nothing to do with politics - this is a safety issue.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Jim in VA

    I'm a public school teacher and am not at all upset by this decision nor do I feel betrayed by it. I totally understand the reasons for this decision. Given the alarming rise of threats against the Obama's from the lunatic fringe elements in this country it is absolutely necessary to keep those children safe from harm. Sidwell Friends has served a number of children of high government officials and is well-prepared to deal with the myriad of security requirements required by such students. A public school isn’t. A public school by its very nature and purpose is more open and approachable than a private school and that makes it more difficult to secure.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Andrea

    Some people are true idiots. His daughters attending this school does not mean that he doesn't support public schools or their teachers. His daughters need additional protection and I think that makes him a good father. Look at the idiots who tried to harm him before he was elected...should he run that risk with his children. Goodness, stop the hate and be happy we are in for change!

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Lorrie

    A private school is the best choice for security reasons. How can he be an effective leader if he is worried about the safety of his children? Enrolling them in private school does not diminish his campaign promises towards the Public School System crisis in the country.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Why????

    CNN needs to be sued. How will these kids be safe? Why are you reporting where these kids will be? Not only are you putting them in danger but also the other kids that are attending this school.


    Stop, please I’m begging you, no more reporting everything that our President-elect Obama is during for the safety of his entire family and others.

    This is coming from a loving mother of two young children.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. Mike in Toronto

    If those were MY daughters and threats has been uttered on my life and those of my family by record numbers of wackos, there's no way they would go to public schools. Just isn't safe or prudent to expose people you love to that kind of risk–no matter how it plays politically! Obama is a parent first. The White House won't be his after 8 years, his daughters will be.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. amy l

    No decent parent that could afford otherwise would send their child to a public school in D.C. Big part of why I left when I had a child. Sad but true.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Smart in Ohio

    Why are they broadcasting which school their kids will be attending? Their security and safety is a priority also. The general public did not need to know this information.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas

    Hey Kathleen,

    I send my kids to private schools also and I am FAR from being people tend to forget that the president DOES get paid for what he does so get over it people.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. mimze

    Public schools? How in the world is the President of the United States supposed to protect his children in public schools? His children are not to be used to make a political statement. His children are his most important and precious priority. With all the nutcases out there whatever he can do to keep them safe is not only supported, it is completely understandable.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Arthur Howard,Ph.D.

    I was watching CNN television today approximately 2:03 PM California time and learned where the Obama children will be attending school. What the hell is the matter with CNN? I curse this network, and the producer for airing all over the world, where the Obama children will be attending school .

    CNN and it's producer's are stupid and should be FIRED. These children belong to the President of the United States and the First Lady. Why in the hell is CNN broadcasting all over the world where these children will be attending school? The producers of the Wolf Blitzer show including Wolf Blitzer should be FIRED. I don't know where they received their college degree, but the first thing you learn in journalism, and or communication school is you don't broadcast this kind of information FOR SECURITY REASON. anybody home?

    This type of behavior is DUMB, and it is STUPID. Both the producer and Wolf Blitzer should be held accountable for their actions.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Stacy (PA)

    The kids were already in a Private School so I'm surprised anyone expected them to go to a Public School now. It's their choice and I think it's a good one for them considering their situation.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Bill

    Amazing that there are so many people angry at the way the election went, that they would rather toss hateful comments than use their feable minds.

    First – the girls are NOT like every other kids... they are the kids of the President of the United States, and as such, need to go to somewhere that the Secret Service can provide security at.

    It would obviously be very difficult to provide security at a PUBLIC school – where there is less control on who visits. Private schools make perfect sense for these two.

    And actually, "george", "Kathleen", "Shannon"... this makes perfect sense. As a parent, he wants the best for his girls. He does have concerns about the public school system, so he's going to send his kids to get the best education ever. What purpose would it serve to send his girls to public schools, where he believes they won't get as good an education? Just to make a political statement? Would you do that with your kids?

    How about cut him a bit of slack, and watch to see if his administration does anything about the problems with the Public School System? If not.. .then make snide remarks if you must.

    November 21, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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