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

A big surprise for the Obama girls


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. obama-mama

    Anonymous March 5th, 2009 9:39 am ET

    For crying out loud – it didn't take long to start junking up the White House lawn, did it? Watermelon patch in the rose garden next?

    I guarantee you're a meth user.

    March 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Cynthia - Arkansas

    They are wonderful parents, who set an outstanding example. It's the little surprises in life that mean so much.

    Why can't all of you negative people just give it a rest for one day? I love to hear nice stories for a change.

    March 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. AFSister

    I'll reserve final judgement until we find out if this was paid for by the Obama's or by the US government.

    I've shopped for those swingsets for my own kids, and I can tell you... they are not cheap. That set probably cost somewhere around $8,000. I see no reason for the taxpayers to buy a swingset for two children. I have no problem at all with Michelle and Barack paying for it though.

    March 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. xcusme

    I wish I understood the haters regarding a swing set. It's a swing set for heavens sake. I'm sure it was paid for by their own money. What makes some of you so sure these girls are spolied. Have you ever had a swing set? Are you jealous? And to consider them ELITE because they brought something for their children is stupid.

    Continue to find fault with them because your 401K is down or your whatever is not right. It will not change that fact that we are in a bad place and your vile remarks reminds me of why.

    If you choose to hate and not appreciate go blog over at Faux News, they will welcome you with open arms and you can feel right at home.

    Once again it's a swing set.

    March 5, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Scott, Tucson

    Nice touch for the Obama kids but CNN...the economy is in the toilet, we got tax cheats working in the administration and nepotism at the top of Homeland Security and this is the best you can report this morning? Come on! Are we going to read nothing but fluff stories from you?

    March 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Neva

    Aren't they a bit old for a swing set?

    March 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Spiderweb

    Great News for the girls. It's wonderful to read about a positive act by a postive family.

    March 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. 60 year old white catholic woman for obama

    how nice for the girls. shame on you people who are bad mouthing the president and his lovely family. that swingset hurts no one. these beautiful girls hurt no one. lets be adults and stop all of the hate. give this man a chance, it took bush and the rethugs 38 years to get us here. lets see how things are going in a couple of years. i'm sure they can't be any worse then the mess he and we americans were left with. since nixon this country has been going down the toilet. jimmy carter tried to start us on the right path with the oil companies and solar panels on the roof of the white house but as soon as ronny came in he had all of that stopped and the panels taken down. wonderful. i wonder how much that cost us and i'm not just talking about money!! the price to our country in oil, army, blood and our honesty and standing in the world. lets give him a chance and no i never wanted bush to fail because that would mean we as a country would fail. shame on you haters.

    March 5, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Arlene Carpel

    All you naysayers out there, get over yourselves. Stop making this gift into something political sounding. It's a special gift to two little girls and has nothing to do with mortgage foreclosures, or being elitest, or anything else negative. And the puppy is a great idea too. Grow up!


    March 5, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Susann

    I can appreciate the First Lady and President Obama keeping a normal atmosphere for there kids. Just what I expected out of them. Great job!

    March 5, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US

    I can't wait to hear all the ranting and raving the Repugnantcans will do over this.

    Oh my God, what a WONDERFUL thing to do. NONE of you have ANY IDEA what it's like to be a kid in the WhiteHouse.

    At least the Obama's are TRYING to give there daughters a "NORMAL" life.

    and to ALL you complainers out there........we have the same one that was GIVEN TO US buy someone who's child had outgrown it.

    THANK GOD for GENEROUS people like that. Because, we too, would not have had one if it weren't for this KIND WOMAN who was thinking of SOMEONE ELSE instead of HERSELF.


    March 5, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Sweekes

    Sharon- You're ridiculous! Jealous of little kids, huh? How sad.

    March 5, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. el Rob O

    This makes me want to pull my hair out! The dow just dropped over 100 points and no one at CNN or any other news channel, other than Fox, is asking WHY!!!

    Hey CNN, are you going to point out news going on? Riots are happening in Europe, Hillary is blasting Israel over stuff, and our economy is STILL falling.

    Where's the news??? How much hype can you give obama before you wake up?

    March 5, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. katiec

    The President's daughters will never be able to live a "normal"
    life which has to be hard for them.
    It is great to see their parents trying to maintain a connection to
    being able to be kids.

    March 5, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. ruthanne

    My girls called theirs "The Eagles' Nest" and loved it; pretended they were surrounded by water when they were up in the "look-out"; came into the house to get "provisions" (cookies, etc.)–hope they can have friends over and have lots of fun with it!!

    March 5, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. reagan fan forever

    Those girls are SO CUTE!

    March 5, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. terry maineiac

    Thats an EARMARK 🙂

    March 5, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Lisa

    Sharon LV "Hey, President-SELECT!.....your building a playset for your brats on the White House?!? "

    Oh no you didn't miss. T H I N G! Who do you think you are? What if someone called you or your kids spoiled heifers how would that make you feel. You sound childish and inept. So I would refrain from commenting on things you know nothing about.

    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US




    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Ron

    Who paid for this? Was it part of the stimulus package or just a tax payer donation?

    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. Joe the Plumber


    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. M - Stop Hate!

    A swing-set! Now that is good fun.

    I wish people would stop being so hateful toward this man and his family. Is there any wonder he has to be protected to the extent that he is. And guess what; he is being protected from fellow Americans-not Middle Eastern terrorist. This should make us all feel REALLY safe.

    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. LC

    March 5th, 2009 9:36 am ET

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

    You should know they have drugs to help you relax.

    Get a grip. This is nothing elaborate. You can get it from Costco.
    I'm sure the Obama's can afford a Costco swing set off the $$$ they made before they came to the White House.

    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Suzi

    Give them a break! The girls don't have much of a childhood anyway, being always in the spotlight. The least Obama could do is buy toys and a swing set for them. He has a high salary. He can afford it. Plus increased spending stimulate the economy.

    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. sue

    My first question is WHO PAID FOR IT!! I heard it cost $3500. I cant afford a cup of coffee right now!! Can any one of us out there go out right now and spend $3500 on a swing set??

    March 5, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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