March 5th, 2009
04:59 PM ET
12 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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  1. Larry

    who gives a crap

    March 5, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Daisy

    enjoy. their daddy worked hard while the girls enjoyed the new swing.

    March 5, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Mari

    That's nice. We have not had young children in the White House in quite some time.

    God bless the Obama family!

    March 5, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Shanna

    They seem a bit old for this, then again, they probably miss being able to just go to the park like regular kids

    March 5, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Mike

    Hard-hitting, informative, relevant journalism right here.

    March 5, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Missouri girl

    It looks like a great swing set. I have fond memories of the hours I spent playing on my swing set, although I was quite a bit younger when my parents bought it. I hope Malia and Sasha enjoy it and their puppy.

    March 5, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. obama-mama

    Enjoy girls.

    March 5, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Hey.. they're kids.... every kid should have a swing set! Shut up haters! Maybe you should be better family people! Obamas are setting a great example for the country!

    March 5, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. COL

    Sharon LV, Tony, others - holy crap, lighten up a little. Bitter much?

    March 5, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. a single mommy

    very nice, my daughter is 7, maybe she can go over to use it, as i lost my job and cannt afford one.

    March 5, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. ER

    I think Rainbow would like their name used when referencing this equipment.

    March 5, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    At least they have the yard for it. I know with the $400,000 per year that the president makes, that would cover the cost of that easily (some can run $3,000 or more depending on the size). I doubt that the president put it together himself (or with friends) though. That is most of the challenge.

    March 5, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. Tac Cuts increase that certain part of the male body!

    So according to most people on this sitre, Obama is not allowed to buy a single thing for himself?

    Why can't you people use your heads before you open your mouths, he does have a salaray as President so it's his money.

    Or are you saying that every employee that gets paid from the govt is using our tax money?

    When you get up from your chair after reading this look around you and remind yourself that your just another blip on the radar and outside of your immediate family no one will remember who you are when you die.

    Deppressing, isn't it?

    March 5, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Arlene Carpel

    That is so sweet. President and Mrs. Obama are very special parents. They are taking so much care in giving Malia and Sasha as normal an upbringing as they can under the circumstances, and this gift is such a perfect example of their love. Way to go!

    Arlene

    March 5, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. Tac Cuts increase that certain part of the male body!

    So according to most people on this sitre, Obama is not allowed to buy a single thing for himself?

    Why can't you people use your heads before you open your mouths, he does have a salaray as President so it's his money.

    Or are you saying that every employee that gets paid from the govt is using our tax money?

    When you get up from your chair after reading this look around you and remind yourself that your just another blip on the radar and outside of your immediate family no one will remember who you are when you die.

    Deppressing, isn't it?

    March 5, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Big Al

    For God's sake CNN. Why not focus on the economy. Case you haven't got a clue, it's all about the economy stupid.

    March 5, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. Tac Cuts increase that certain part of the male body!

    So according to most people on this sitre, Obama is not allowed to buy a single thing for himself?

    Why can't you people use your heads before you open your mouths, he does have a salaray as President so it's his money.

    Or are you saying that every employee that gets paid from the govt is using our tax money?

    When you get up from your chair after reading this look around you and remind yourself that your just another blip on the radar and outside of your immediate family no one will remember who you are when you die.

    Deppressing, isn't it?

    March 5, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. kellie risso

    Have fun girls! That's what kids are supposed to do! Enjoy!
    P.S. And get good grades 🙂

    March 5, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. LaJuan Campbell

    So cute!

    March 5, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Cheryl Mesnard

    A good example of how to encourage children to be physically active and not hooked up to "electronics" all the time!. Enjoy!

    March 5, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Kinda

    Just as long as I am not paying for this out of my hard earned dollars. I am sure they will have fun with the swing set and hope they are allowed to invite friends over.
    Hmmm, was this in Obama's huge earmark/pork spending bill? Wouldn't that be interesting if it was considered part of that.

    March 5, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. kishen c.rao

    SORRY, IT IS NOT THE NEWS THAT AT THIS TIME PEOPLE OF AMERICA IS WILLING TO HEAR WHEN WE ARE HAVING FISCAL PROBLEMS WITH LOT OF NEEDLESS EARMARKS AND LOBBYISM IS TAKING PLACE. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEED TO BE VERY WIDE OPEN.

    March 5, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Thomas

    What pathetic lives some of you must live if you have to cry and moan about a parent buying their kids a swingset.

    You know what, Malia and Sasha are children! How about we allow them to just have fun while their parents worry about the economy and such.

    And the "logic" of since other people are having economic problems this, somehow, affects whether Obama should buy a swingset for his kids is so bizzare and immature.

    March 5, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Kim

    Awesome! Great to see a real family in the White House. Doesn't appear to be anything that ordinary folks wouldn't have.

    To the haters, why continue to wish bad on others just because your life is not all that good. DO UNTO OTHERS . . .

    March 5, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. tom waller

    awesome parents way to go prez, and first lady keep them children on the swings and off the video games and they will grow up to be happy healthy as should all children thakyou for setting the example!

    March 5, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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