March 4th, 2009
08:00 PM ET
9 years ago

A big surprise for the Obama girls

The Obama girls still don't have a puppy, but they did receive another surprise when they arrived home from school Wednesday.'

The Obama girls still don't have a puppy, but they did receive another surprise when they arrived home from school Wednesday.'

(CNN) - The Obama girls still don't have a puppy, but they did receive another surprise when they arrived home from school Wednesday– a brand new swing set.

A spokeswoman for First Lady Michelle Obama says Malia and Sasha, ages 10 and 7, "squealed with delight" when they saw their surprise, playing on the swing set for almost an hour in the chilly weather.

The girls' parents arranged for the play set to be installed Wednesday at the White House grounds, within sight of the Oval Office, before Malia and Sasha arrived home from Sidwell Friends school.

Filed under: Extra • Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Why is this news? It's as uninteresting as the "great dog hunt".

    March 4, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  2. TjayeInLA

    This is a very sweet story, but I really don't need to hear about every step of these babies lives. Can we just let them grow without it being in a fish bowl. I think it's pretty hard enough having to share your Dad with a nation. That's more than enough right there.

    March 4, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. Chicago Dem

    At least some people aren't feeling the impacts of the economy.

    March 4, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. Patrick Doyle

    Whatever happened to leaving the Obama girls alone? Give them their privacy, you vultures!

    March 4, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. simmy

    Typical little ones – playing out in the chill...adorable!

    March 4, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. Tom in CA

    We did the same thing for our kids when we moved into our new house in Clovis, CA, in 1985. Our daughter was 6 and our son was 4 at the time.

    They enjoyed it until we moved to Danville, CA in 1989 – we sold it to a family around the corner from us before moving. In Danville we were in a HOA that wouldn't let us have one at home, but they had a bigger one to go to at the HOA park!

    March 4, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Hooray!!

    congratulations girls!

    March 4, 2009 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. A. Darton

    How nice!!

    March 4, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. Mike

    Too bad their father will be impeached soon and they will have to go back to Chicago.

    March 4, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Barbara Ca

    Because of their parents loving guidance, it doesn't matter whether they grow up in Chicago or Washington DC, they are destined to be happy and confident young ladies.

    March 4, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. MirCat


    March 4, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. Annie D.

    You think Rush can come over? No! He might break the set into. Maybe instead of debating the President, maybe Rush could go to the GYM with the President and work out something beside his big mouth. Oh, I better take that back, Rush might not like that. So I will act like the other cowards who's afraid to stand up to Rush.

    March 4, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Children should always be allowed to be children and thank God these girls have parents that continue to allow them to enjoy the same things as all children. They too are Gods little precious angels.

    March 4, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Proud American

    They are great kids, who I'm sure by no choice of their own life as they knew it completely changed. I think it's great to award them with those type of pleasures. I believe that life in the white house for any president children has to feel like prison from time to time.

    March 4, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    How Nice!!!!!1

    March 4, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Lush Limprick & Osama bin Laden have the same vision for America - FAILURE!

    Enjoy kiddos!

    March 4, 2009 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Alicia

    Why is this on the Ticker? Oh so the racists and uneducated Rushbots can blog about these children whose parents prior to being in the White House made well over $300,000 a year anyway.

    But, some of the racists on this blog can't deal with a Black family living well.

    March 4, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Thats really cool. =)

    March 4, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  19. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Please delete the previouc distracted, went to wrong story, Sorry

    March 4, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Hey! I want one too...Wheres mine?

    Hope they enjoy it!!

    March 4, 2009 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. Anon

    In before republicans complain where the money came from

    March 4, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  22. Sammy

    Awww, how sweet!

    March 4, 2009 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  23. Hope

    Enjoy it girls, this is your moment, we want you guys to stay there for 8 years and we will make sure you will.

    March 4, 2009 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  24. laughing

    love it!!!.. love that they are parents first..

    good parents that love their children it shows...

    March 4, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |

    GO Sasha, GO Malia !!

    March 5, 2009 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
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