July 7th, 2009
06:03 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama girls take Russia by storm

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/07/art.sashamalia20707.jpg caption="Sasha Obama wandered into President Obama's bed early Tuesday morning to have a chat with her parents."]MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) - An unexpected visitor wandered into the bedroom of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the wee hours of Tuesday morning - but the Secret Service wasn't worried about a security breach.

The visitor was 8-year-old Sasha Obama, who's touring Russia along with her older sister Malia. The younger girl could not contain her excitement about Dad's fifth foreign trip in office, so she decided to wake her parents to tell them about it, the president cheerfully recounted in a CNN interview.

"Sasha this morning around 4 am just wandered into our bed and plopped down and started chatting," Obama said in the interview a few hours later. "That was sort of a highlight, although I'm a little groggy now as a consequence."

Both Obama daughters are along for the ride this time around because school is out of session back in the Washington, D.C., area, allowing them to travel overseas on weekdays without missing classes. On an earlier presidential visit to France, Sasha and Malia showed up in Paris on a weekend after school was done for the week.

Asked if having his daughters joining his wife on a high-profile trip helps take the edge off the tough diplomatic negotiations, Obama told CNN it's fantastic to have his girls "being able to see the world and then report back to us on what they are seeing" on the trip, which included the daughters getting to check out the Kremlin.

"You know it makes a huge difference," said the president. "The girls are just a joy. And then Michelle just, she's always - she's a star at home and abroad."

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  1. Simmy

    They look wonderful! Have fun girls and mom.....Mr. President, do your presidential thing......Have a safe trip home to all......

    P.S. I'll bet some of you who continue to obsess about 'your tax dollars' don't even pay your taxes......Spare me please.......

    July 7, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Vancouver, BC

    What is happening to Americans and all the hate and division??

    Prime Minister Harper of Canada is taking his wife and two children to Italy with him for the G8 and no one in Canada will complain and no one will pick apart Mrs Harper"s clothes no matter what their political persuasion.

    We are happy to see our First Family represent us overseas.

    July 7, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. You guys are so cute

    To all you critics, what is matter? Can't stand seeing someone in the political spotlight that shows real family values?

    Give the guy a break. He is undertaking the toughest job in the world, cleaning up countless messes left behind, and trying to stay close to his young kids.

    July 7, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. jan

    I don't think HIS GIRL made him tired but PUTIN. He (Putin) lectured him on COLD WAR for a whole hour without stopping. I think he got embarrassed and couldn't do anything about it because he was really unexperienced.

    Fun to watch the clip on youtube.

    July 7, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Deb, I dont take business trips. Was that you falling off your pedestal? And I would not take my children on taxpayer money. Deb, you should watch the new fall lineup, it may include a new show called "Leave it to Biden".

    July 7, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. mark

    Please cut this crap out guys. Reporting of this nature only confirms what the conservatives are saying about you that you have your heads so way up the Obama's behind you cannot see daylight. Let it go. Report the real news PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE.

    July 7, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Mark-Atlanta

    this is what the real family looks like...an example of humble and class at the same time...those who follow radio talk hosts with 3 marriages behind them and politicians with kids and grandkids out of wedlock cannot comprehend the beauty of this story.

    July 7, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. pam of CA

    I think it is OK for the OBAMAS to bring their kids to a trip as long as the media doesn't hold double standards on Sarah Palin. Family value is good to promote but not in a way of double standard.

    Their daughters are cute.

    July 7, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Jarod

    CNN Please post this. There are some absolutley petty , small minded people placing posts upon this site. Some of you are borderline looney... while others are just totally ignorant or badly misinformed. In either case, this is what an American President does, its called projection.. other nations admire it and you bumbling idiots dont get it. For once, educate yourselves and grow up. The man is making us look good although alot of you dont deserve to fall under the same umbrella. Grow up!

    July 7, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Gracie, MD

    The Obama girls did American PROUD, PROUD, PROUD. They are very beautiful, very well behaved and have a certain grace about them, even if they are girls. It's a LOT of pressure being the President's daughters. It's so nice to see them so well-adjusted and well rounded.

    July 7, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Eric

    No – all Presidents are allowed to take their children on state visits. Governors are held to different standards. Its not about the individual persons involved, its about their different job titles. There is no discrimination here.

    July 7, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Doc

    Danny, Let's see...something about apples and oranges. Besides, who said that he did not nor will not cover the expenses of his family?? Mrs Palin finally footed the bill after being called on it.

    July 7, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Discrimination against? The Obama girls are currently out of school. Palin had her kids during school session parading around during a very different environment.

    July 7, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. s2ajwalk

    Were comparing our President taking his daughters with him on a trip, to Sara Palin taking her kids campaigning. This is the 1st family, not someone campaining for President. It's great the president takes the children with him when he can. It shows the rest of the world we are a nation of families. Even Obama said, his children are the reason he ran for office.

    July 7, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. sharper

    Since you the liberals always think that you are right, how about if we break apart? Let's see whose values will be better: Your immoral values or GOP's Christianity's values.

    July 7, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. danny prophet

    the president loves his wife and kids. broken families are part of our problems. we spoke in November. his plane would not have use any less fuel. lets stop wasting air time on this dum subject. the president is spending everyday trying to get us out of this hole.TO ALL REPUBLICANS YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE YOU BLEW IT. SO PUT A LID ON IT.

    July 7, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Dianne Tope

    Just wish people would stop comparing him to Palin. If people dwould just understand that he WON. Why shouldn't his family travel with him? Why don't we just give him a change. Anyone that expects him to change the world in 6 months when it took 8 years to mess it up is crazy. If we would all work together it may change quicker.

    July 7, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. catmom

    Why are so many of you comparing President Obama to Sarah Palin? President of The United States vs. a woman who quit her job as Governor before completing her first term. Puleease people !!! Get a grip.

    July 7, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. me

    I do not care if kids go with them or not. It is their business, not mine.
    Kids are kids, they should not be attacked by people.
    People, just leave children alone.
    I only want to be able to afford vacation for my family!

    July 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Rafael VA

    Honestly I do not have a problem with Obama traveling with his girls I really don't. Just don't bash Palin when she is President and she brings her kids cool?

    July 7, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. JimTinman

    God bless America. We have a leader with guts and integrity representing this sweet land of hypocrisy, showboat politicians and stupidity. If you don't like our American leadership go home, back to your happier place because we sure could use more breathing room and less freeway traffic.

    July 7, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Patti

    Danny – Obama is THE President. Of the United States. Yeah, the campaign is over, he won, remember? He's SUPPOSED to travel with his family. His adorable daughters are helping him to repair and reduce all the hatred spawned towards the United States by G.W. and his posse, all over the world. How can you compare the POTUS to someone who was just a candidate?

    July 7, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. kishen c.rao

    instead of concentrating on all these, press better do some thing about fixing current problems nation is facing...

    July 7, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. indy

    Does his story about his daughter really warrant time on the political ticker? I thought his daughters weren't to be the story, yet when they go abroad, they're front and center. Publicity when it suits him is the way I see it.

    July 7, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Indy in PA

    Oh people grow up. US-Russian relations tanked in recent years, and what's the oldest and most effective way to show an enemy (or potential enemy) you mean no harm? Bring the wife and kids of course. No man is going to pick a fight with his kids along. Read your history, from the Persians, Chinese and Egyptians to Rome to the Middle Ages through the present day. What do they teach in schools these days anyway?

    July 7, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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