July 7th, 2009
06:03 PM ET
13 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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. RS

    Very nice family. The epitome of the American Dream. So it really is a shame that President Obama's policies are terrible and the wrong direction for our country.

    July 7, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. deb

    How does this story warrant the title "Obama girls take Russia by storm"? Methinks CNN doth exaggerate because the Russians AREN"T falling over themselves to bask in Obamaglow.

    July 7, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Citizen

    Who is paying for his family to do all this sight seeing? Ofcourse Tax Payers!

    July 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Come on media. Let's keep President Obama's kids out of the news.

    How about just focusing on what the President is doing with some limited coverage about the First Lady. But leave the kids alone and let them try to have somewhat a normal childhood.

    July 7, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Tom

    It's the jet lag!

    July 7, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Dan, CA

    Thisa is not a news. No need to publish such small things. Barack Obama has not achieved anything so far. he wants to sell our country to others. He is now international citizen. Wake up America.

    July 7, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. Wood

    I love this family.

    July 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Family

    Nice to see our President has a great family. I am sure conservatives and Bible tooting haters, resent the fact that our President has a functional family unlike the messed up GOP.

    July 7, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. John

    I don't get it. Take Russia by storm? Waking up dad in the night? What?

    July 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Flora Bofill

    This story brings back memories of auto industry executives being admonished by the President for flying into DC on private jets. How come it's not the same for the President's family?. Is he in a official trip that can be considered business or is this a family vacation?
    How come we saw almost no reporting in the outing of the first lady during her extended stay in London or the Paris shopping sprees, are we paying for that with stimulus money?

    July 7, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Dorothy

    that's so true. the whole family puts us all in a good light

    July 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Vic of New York

    That's the "Man"!

    July 7, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Plantman

    I am so proud of this fine family, and so proud that they represent my country.

    July 7, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Please stop with the Obama media drivel. This is especially true right now when he and his Democrat-controlled henchmen are socializing the government and spendin our futures away. Wake up America!

    July 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Stevie

    Love the girls, but wish they wouldn't travel on the taxpayers' dime.

    July 7, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Sean

    How does Sasha plopping down on her parents bed at 4am get spun into "Obama girls take Russia by storm" Am I missing something? Come on Ed Henry, stop with the puff pieces!!!

    July 7, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Too True For You

    I am sure the zombie-con Obama-haters are gearing up their Pavlovian assaults now to the tired old tunes of "How much are we paying for the kids to travel?" and "He should not be distracted!" or "Why is this news?"

    It's about all they can find to criticize about a President who has shown no moral, familial, or political weaknesses on his way to restoring the United States to it's former place of meaningful global leadership.

    July 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. me

    just curious – did all presidents travel always with their kids?
    It is nice he can...

    July 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Don

    That is really good to have an ambassador that represents us so well. Now maye his daughters can help get people off welfare and find a job.

    July 7, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Wow- a person that lives "family values" and not just preaches or condemns others. Maybe the religious right should take a page from his "play-book", self-righteousness always bites you in the a*. Just live it and stop preaching it.......thats all we ask.

    July 7, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Michael

    Wow!......a normal, completely functional family representing the U.S. Only the truly dark-hearted would think that isn't a good thing.

    July 7, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I'm glad to see our tax dollars being used wisely to cart the Obamas around on so many sight seeing tours.

    July 7, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. ELB

    Now THAT'S family values!

    July 7, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. duffey

    This is more important for the American Image abroad then the lunacy about Michael Jacksons death. At least the Obamma family shows our country is not just about drug abusing and no talent rich people (Paris Hilton). It shows we are a diverse and family oriented country, that values other cultures as well as our own.

    July 7, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. troubled

    Oh, puke! Economy is in the tank, and the whole family goes off to Russia. We have people with no homes, little food, but there seems to be plenty enough money for the narcisstic bam bam.

    July 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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