January 5th, 2009
11:31 AM ET
6 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. Sheri

    Who Cares?

    January 5, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. She-she

    I hope they meet friends for life and enjoy themselves.
    God Bless our so-to-be President of these United States of America.

    January 5, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. VALUES

    Nice family. And honest to.

    January 5, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. jj

    Thats great that you have chosen a school best fit for your daughters however i think that all the information should not have been let out, its a lot of weido’s and psycho’s out here. Some one tried to get you, it may probably cause some problems for them, even though it might synch out anyway of their attendance of the school. Best wishes for Malia & Sasha and the entire Obama family.

    January 5, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Pat Omaha, NE

    I wish them all well....and hope the girls will find good friends in the DC area....too bad they can't be on the same campus.......
    GOOD LUCK TO THE WHOLE FAMILY as they begin this new and very stressful new year!

    January 5, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. ETTA

    Leigh,

    This is news just like when Chelsea Clinton went to school.

    I feel sorry for these girls, for they will forever be in the spotlight.

    January 5, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Sammy

    Cool? Obviously they go to school, just like almost every other child in America. How is this news?

    January 5, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. Barbara in Palm Springs

    to richard rohde:

    The Obama's do not have:
    1. A son who had a choice of military service or jail for delinquent behavior
    2. A teenage pregnancy that barely missed the statutory rape limits
    3. A possible in-law under arrest for drug traffiking

    So, please, let's not make any comparisons between the beautiful daughters of PE Obama and the Palin soap opera.

    We'd all best work together to ensure the success of PE Obama and the new administration. God bless them all, including these lovely little girls.

    January 5, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Nat Turner

    Thank you for giving this as much attention as you did the Bush girls pick for college and their drunken binges. It's nice to have refreshing news like this thrown in amongst the ravages of the Gaza bombs and the back peddling for Bush's legacy!

    One would think that at this point, every thing that happens in the most historical presidential transition in the history of this country is news worthy.

    January 5, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. trex from LA

    Richard Rohde – YOU'RE RIGHT ON WITH YOUR POST.

    January 5, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Come on Guys! This is not the news I turn to you for.

    January 5, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. jean

    There is no way that he would have been able to keep his children’s school top secret people. But believe me when I say that they will be surrounded by secret service. The school will be on lock down as I’m sure it already is. The average person (you and me) can’t just walk up in the school and go peek at them during the day. Those beautiful children will be well protected....
    God bless the Obama family!

    January 5, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. p davis

    The people care,that is who cares

    January 5, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Natalie

    I suspect news editors rightly predicted there would be people who are interested and that is why they carried the story. I think they're right. Those of us who are not interested should simply not read it!

    January 5, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Anonymous

    cooooooooooooo00000000lllll

    January 5, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. Sharon Kitchen

    They are two sweet girls,and being brought up well.They will do just fine.

    My prayers are with all of the Obama family.

    January 5, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Thanks CNN for sharing this info. I adore the Obama girls and
    their parents!

    January 5, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Susan in Georgia

    My observation is directed to "Leigh's" post.

    This is part of our history as a nation. I certainly didn't expect a Secret Service motorcade when my daughters started a new school, then again my husband was not the President-elect.

    CNN does a fine job of bringing us the NEWS, Leigh, and such is the case with these darling girls embarking upon their new academic careers.

    Lighten up Leigh.

    January 5, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Denise

    I agree this is not political news, but we finally have children in the White House, and that IS news. I am sure alot of citizens are VERY interested in the first kids, and wonder the same thing as I do..WHERE is the first dog???

    January 5, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Dianne

    I hope they will be comfortable in their new school and make new friends. The press has always covered all the past Presidents children in this manner. Why does the new first family be any different?
    Now let them be children and grow up with wonderful memories of living in the White House.

    January 5, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. Love them

    They are precious and starting an incredible new chapter in their lives. As are the rest of us! Hurry up and become President already!

    January 5, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Jeff

    The Obama children have school choice. Regular people do not. Once again, an example of the Left's dumbing down of America.

    January 5, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. crystal P.

    Come on really, what is the deal. Every child goes to school. maybe the school should roll out the red carpet too.No wonder these girls can't live a normal life !! Why not do a story on the children who have nothing to eat before going to school or who don;t have a warm coat to wear to school of what about parents who could care less if their child even gets to school..

    January 5, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. cboo

    The media gives out to much information. Everyone just need to keep this family in their prayers during this transitional period. May God Bless this Nation.

    January 5, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Who cares?

    Apparently, all of you bitter, dysfunctional nuts, who posting negative comments.

    It is news. News that finally the White House will have a family living there, worthy of it.

    January 5, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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