January 20th, 2009
09:39 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama daughters party with the stars

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caption="Sasha and Malia Obama had front row seats for Monday night's Kid's Inaugural Concert."]strong>WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sasha and Malia Obama had front row seats for Monday night's Kid's Inaugural Concert, but jumped on stage when the Jonas Brothers invited them up.

Their mother - incoming first lady Michelle Obama - declared the show "pretty cool."

Thousands of kids - mostly children of military families - danced and yelled in Washington's Verizon Center as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Bow Wow, the Jonas Brothers and others performed.

"Are we fired up in here?" Michelle Obama asked as she took the stage halfway through the two-hour show. "Are we ready to go?"

Obama called on the young people to play a part in their country's future now, in activities such as volunteering at shelters for the homeless, visiting elderly neighbors or writing letters of support to troops overseas.

"We all have something incredible to contribute to the life of this nation," she said, adding, "And kids, this means you, too, right?"

Sasha, 7, kept her camera ready, getting photos of her favorite teen stars.

While the Obama daughters have met many of the stars along the campaign trail in the past year, it was their first time to meet singer-actress Keke Palmer, a presenter at the show.

Palmer, 15, said Michelle Obama told her "she was really proud of me."

Most of their backstage talk was about Palmer's movies and TV show, she said.

Like the Obamas, Palmer is a Chicago, Illinois, native.

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  1. Bonnie

    I was so thrilled with the inauguration ceremony and totally impressed with President Obama's speech. I also thought the crowd was great as far as listening and not milling around. The sad thing that really struck me about the crowd was how much trash they left. It's appalling that people can't pick up after themselves. Our people need to start now to try to keep our beautiful country clean.

    January 20, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |