January 5th, 2009
11:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama girls go to school

The Obama transition team has released photos of the Obama girls preparing for school Monday.
The Obama transition team has released photos of the Obama girls preparing for school Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama doesn't begin his term for another two weeks, but daughters Sasha and Malia began theirs on Monday.

According to the president-elect's transition office, Michelle Obama accompanied the two daughters to the Sidwell Friends School Monday morning - along with an expansive motorcade of U.S. Secret Service agents.

Sasha, 7, is in second grade and attending the elementary school campus in Bethesda, Maryland while Malia, 10, is in fifth grade and attending the Sidwell Friends middle school campus in Washington, DC.

View more photos of the Obama girls getting ready for school


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  1. MaryanneAZ

    God's richest blessing on the new First Family as they begin their new lives in D.C. It is such a difficult thing to start in a new school, especially when you are 7 and 10. I sure wish Americans would give this family a break and appreciate what turmoil these little girls are going through. They are not even old enough to understand the role they now have and play in the national spotlight. I've seen such hateful comments about them, their clothes, their hair, etc. Please people remember these are just two little girls who are along for the ride and they are no one's enemies and do not deserve such nastiness and criticism. Again, God please bless these precious girls and protect them from the hatred and bigotry of our free Nation. Please donate to your local food bank. Make a difference!

    January 5, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. TCM

    Obaman, if they're the role models for the nation, we're in trouble.....racism running rampant through their past, and their very presence increases racial tensions....that coupled with their inexperience will set the country back 10 years.

    January 5, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. FRED SOMERS SR

    I am concerned about the Safety of children of President elect.

    The video showing the children in a SUV heading to school today, it appears that the youngest child is facing towards the rear of the vehicle, indicating that she is not is a seat belt???

    January 5, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Ana

    Mr. Obama please don't push your children in the media spotlight, it will hurt them in the long run.

    Later you will be complaining about the media not leaving your children and family alone, however, you will have no one to blame but yourself for promoting your daughters as celebrities.

    You have won the election and no longer need to act like the movie star family.

    January 5, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Phil

    Montgomery County MD represent!

    January 5, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Karen

    Richard Rohde thanks for the humor!!!! Saying lefties are demented is saying all right wings are ignorant. I'm a leftie but I won't insult you because of your beliefs. Let's make the world a more kind one...We don't all have to agree. Peace.

    January 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. jo

    The post on blogs certainly show what a thin veneer the human race is. I'am amazed at the lack of respect humans have for each other. Makes you wonder what's going to happen when humans need to really on each other to survive .

    January 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Carl Dupont

    Where is the dog?

    January 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Disgusted

    The real story is that Obama had the gall to ask Bush to move out early because his kids had to start school and they need a place to stay. Like the current leader of the free world (albeit a short timer, he is still in charge) all of a sudden would pack up and move his whole operation for two weeks so Obama doesn't have to live in a hotel for a bit.

    January 5, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Linda

    So please tell me what's not to love about this precious family.
    Get out of the 50's & 60's time period and act as if you are sane.... even tho it shows you are not. Too bad your Mother and Dad taught you to hate. Do you always do as your parents said... if so, make an improvement on your generation and stop being mean. Obama is our Predisent, like it or not.
    If anything bad happens to he or his family – you will be partly to blame....think about it!!!!

    January 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Mari

    @ Richard Rohde....... thank you for not attacking the Obama family!

    The Obama girls are adorable and smart like their parents....... they will do just fine!

    HOPE WON.......HOPE WON...........HOPE WON...... HOPE WON..... !

    January 5, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Rick in WA

    And the Queen wore a fetching navy blue suit today . . .

    January 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Brenda Gillespie, St. Louis

    Godspeed to the Obama Family and the Secret Service that is to protect them everyday and all the other children around them including the Educators.

    January 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Heat

    This is not newsworthy! Leave them alone and let them be kids. Who are these people who hang on every little thing that happens in other people lives? Get a Life!

    January 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Carlos

    Looks like they can keep the President Elect occupied. How refreshing

    January 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Maxine Wisconsin

    Hey Leigh
    dont be hatin'.... this is news & History in the making. I'm still anticipating a lot of people doing a lot of rubber necking when they see two Black Girls playing on the White House Lawn. They are some precious beautiful little girls. The Obama family is a model of what families are all about. When momma and daddy participate in those meaningful things in children's lives. Not sneakers, Ipods and money... but presence. People take note.

    January 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. Bob

    Michell and PEBO – way to show support for the Public School System and to demonstrate your understanding and commitment to CHANGE – send your two children to a Private School – Real Cool.

    January 5, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. obama-mama

    Boy I am excited....Sounds like the girls will be traveling a lot each day to and from school.....Lord please keep them safe.

    January 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Regular Joanne

    I know not real news. But still so nice to see. Now the press needs to back off and let them grow in private.

    January 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Paula

    Given that most other stories are about a) bernie madoff knowingly cheating honest folks out of millions; b) the mideast conflict which is costing many lives and c) how our incompetent and corrupt politicians can't get along and work to solve some serious issues, i would take this story anyday.

    January 5, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Barb

    Too bad they could go to the ame campus. But Sasha seems like a very social person, I hope they will enjoy their new adventure.The Obama family has my love and prayers. I hope our new President gets the kind of support he will need to fix the horrible problems we have. He can't do it alone, that's for sure.

    January 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Change - Yeah Left

    I feel for the girls – changing schools mid-year. But I have to ask if it had been a different party that won – would the libs be as friendly or would they do nothing but bash and hate?

    Based on what I've seen on other ticker posts – I know my answer – let's all hate on the conservatives.

    The children don't deserve hate!

    January 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Terrance Craion

    Dear Baze
    We should all care for the well being and welfare of any child and to Nebraskan ANYTHING the first family does is going to be news. I wish the Obamas the best of luck because their are many transitions ahead of them, may the Lord bless them and keep them safe.

    Detroit, MI

    January 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. SC

    Sasha and Malia are news...just like Amy Carter, just like Chelsea Clinton...and just like EVERY OTHER PRESIDENT'S CHILDREN have been news.

    It simply goes with the territory.

    So, to all of those 'why is this news', 'big deal', 'is this really worthy of the ticker' commenters....let it go.

    January 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. LadyJustice

    Now if I recall when Clinton was President, they gave a play by play of Chelsa's activities. President Carter daughter got the same treatment. You can't or haven't digest that these are the children of the President of the United States. They will get special attention; You got to deal with it for at least 4 years. Take your medication to keep your nerves calm.

    January 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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