March 5th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
13 years ago

A big surprise for the Obama girls

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The President and first lady surprised their daughters with this new swing set which arrived at the White House on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo Credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

(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.


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soundoff (456 Responses)
  1. Ann

    That is so cool!!

    March 5, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  2. Nan

    within sight of the oval office. Something to keep Obama grounded and aware of what is at stake. The future

    March 5, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. ari from virginia

    Wonderful,

    Its a good reminder to the peoples president why he is the leader of the free world and just like his own kids he is doing his best not to let all american kids down.

    Good luck Mr. President, and of course Sasha & Malia, MomO (Michelle) and Grandmom.

    Now, how about the dog issue?!! :>)

    March 5, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. What are you talking about

    Thats a Rainbow play system there nice. Now you can't get any better advertising than that. I hope they truly enjoy it.

    March 5, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Little too late????

    Ahhh...more feel good news making from CNN. Thanks...

    March 5, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. RICO

    I can't wait to see how many right wings are gonna boo hoo about who paid for it. No one know's and besides past Presidents have done the same.

    March 5, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. Debi

    Finally a real family in the White House.

    I am sure John and Jackie Kennedy would have loved to have the oppurtunity to do the same for their children.

    March 5, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  8. demwit

    Nice...

    March 5, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Jim

    The girls are cute. Nice to see that mom and dad are trying to make their abnormal public life into something more like "home.". Not so sure I like the constant intrusions into their privacy.

    March 5, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Kevin

    This should appeal the "swing" voters.

    March 5, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. Barbara - Atlanta

    What a great family!

    March 5, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. Kiddo

    Aw, that's so sweet!

    They didn't have those kind of swing sets when I was a kid. I'd have loved to have had a treehouse to go along with the swings.

    March 5, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. Ken in NC

    The White House has become much more lively now and the girls are making it not just a House but a Home.

    March 5, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Lisa

    Really nice... A first family thats normal... Nice to see...

    March 5, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Carl

    Good for them, but this isn't newsworthy.

    21st century media is complete garbage.

    March 5, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  16. phoenix86

    Well, it's Thursday morning. What kind of fool do you think Obama will be today?

    March 5, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. meh

    So I wonder how many people are going to complain about this.
    *sigh*
    For the record, the president makes a salary, just like you and I, and he can buy anything he wants w. it.

    March 5, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. dwash64

    Great move.Children need more excize.

    March 5, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Michelle

    That's nice but I'm not sure many people will see this as endearing. Obviously the first family isn't struggling like most of the rest of us, but they'll start to appear out of touch if they buy a lot of new and expensive things while people can't afford to buy food and pay rent.

    March 5, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. V

    Did they pay for this? Or is it the taxpayer money?

    March 5, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Dawn

    These little girls needs normality. They are under a microscope just like their parents, From a mother Obama Girls, Do have alot of fun.

    March 5, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Dawn

    These little girls needs normality. They are under a microscope just like their parents, From a mother Obama Girls, Do have alot of fun.

    March 5, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. SamB44

    Wheres the dog? There are so many animals in need of a good home, whats the hold up!? Those girls have waited long enough, it's time to pay up!

    March 5, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Nice touch, there is no place like home.

    March 5, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. SamB44

    Wheres the dog? There are so many animals in need of a good home, whats the hold up!? Those girls have waited long enough, it's time to pay up!

    March 5, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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