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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  1. Richard L

    Bristol Palin is admirably using her unmarried mother celebrity to promote abstinence. She is parading herself around as a non-virgin. That automatically leaves her open to jokes about non-virgins.

    Other than the poor-taste Lettermen joke, Sarah Palin's children have not been trashed with vicious hate in any way.

    July 7, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I agree with the responders that this is great for the Obama girls and hope the right wing doesn't take the cue the liberals and their toadie media gave to the Palin kids and attack them. The liberal treatement of the Palin family is a disgrace and the toadies in the media that agree that they had the right to be attacked are even worse. I again, hope the right wingers and conservatives have the decency not to lower themselves to the viscious, gutter level liberal Democrats.

    July 7, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Some common sense

    Perhaps a certain conservative governer should of brought his kids with him to another country!

    July 7, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Will

    How is this news? I see the Iran coverage has been replaced by the death of Michael Jackson, as well as any coverage of our brave troops losing their lives in Afghanistan. He better not give away missile defense while he's over there, while Iran and North Korea are fortifying their missiles....

    July 7, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Minnesotan

    @Doug, New Jersey-Webster's defintions of hate, hypocrasy, and liar are now synonyms for liberal and Democrat.
    The Republican Party is historically and even presently the party of racism and social injustice. If there is a racist issue being taken up by the GOP you can count on one thing... they are on the wrong side of justice. They have historically been against everything from the Civil Right's legislation to Immigration. They are "The Party Of Me" and feed off of the greed from their wealthy backers as they protect their profits at the expense of our society... and they do it all by claiming to be acting on some sort of Moral Authority. They are the worst Christians Christianity has to offer.

    July 7, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. hyprocacy is a frame of mind


    I am not an Alaskan citizen therefore I had no reason to condemn her for traveling with her family, nor would I have.

    Google ethics violations, Sarah Palin – she paid the expenses for her children's travel back to the State of Alaska after the expenses where questioned on her tax records during her 2008 VP campaign bid.

    July 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Sandi - Calgary, Canada

    Wow. Some of your comments just blow me out of the water! I’ve never seen such pettiness. You finally have a President who can actually talk and chew gum at the same time. Who doesn't want to “shoot it out” at the OK Corral every time someone looks at him the wrong way. He was left with an America that was in a political and financial free-fall and you’re whining about him taking his children to Russia?! I have followed President Obama from the very beginning of his Democratic race to the White House (including all of his opponents). This man actually has class, cunning and intelligence. A seemingly rare combination in our so-called leaders today both in the US and Canada. But above all else this man has, at such a young age, the wisdom and the capacity to reach his hand out not just to the people of America but his most hard-line adversaries as well. And you know what folks? People are reaching back. Have you got blinders on? Focus, folks, focus. Maybe, just maybe, this man can make a real difference.

    July 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Iowa

    Tony – Ummm, same as you. Except I'm not complaining, not even with my husband sering Navy for 18 years and my daughter enlisting in the Army. The Obama has been in office for 6 months, do the math. It took how long to get us in the state we are in?

    Working and paying my taxes. You?

    July 7, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. CAMI - usually in moderation

    I love human interest stories like this. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

    Adorable girls, wonderful parents who love each other and adore their children. What' can be wrong about showing that image to the rest of the world? It is great PR for our country.

    If Sanford had taken his boys hiking along the Appalachian Trail with him on Father's Day weekend, instead of shacking up with his girlfriend, he wouldn't be in the mess he's in.

    Whose family values are stronger and a better image to present to the world?

    As far as the cost goes – pfffffft to all of you haters and complainers.

    July 7, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. CB

    One commentator this morning (Morning Joe?) mentioned that the fact that President Obama took his family with him to Russia is interpreted by the Russians as a sign of respect for the Russian people. Don't know why people don't realize that Obama really has it together – and really makes us proud that someone of his abilities is [finally] representing the United States as the leader of the free world.

    July 7, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Wayne

    Family values? A leader traveling with his wife at HIS side, not back at home thinking he is hiking or something. Maybe our other male leaders in gov't should take note how a real Christian family man leads!

    July 7, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Deb in Colo

    I find it amazing that the Republicans are having a hard time with a FAMILY traveling with Dad on his business trip (you've never taken your kids with you??)

    Get over yourselves.

    July 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Tatianna

    Obama lovers say bringing his daughters abroad while conducting foreign policy is good for our image. Hmm, so Obama exploiting daughters for political purpose.

    July 7, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Dale

    Who cares; there are plenty of other more important issues in the US and the world to worry about the Obamas.

    July 7, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. sonny

    How sweet those girls are? Just enjoy seeing that family. I do not know why people hate it. I am an independent. I like this family representing our nation. I am proud of them.

    July 7, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. from AL

    I am proud of our wonderful and smart President. He is a very wise President and he knows what he is doing.

    July 7, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. kayode

    Obama was going to be gone for few days..ther is nothing wrong with him having his kids around.. Moreover there must have been extra space on the aircraft.
    Please people lets talk about something more meaningful

    July 7, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  18. Tulsa

    Hasn't done anything???
    What about your hero Dubya?
    Prior to September 11, 2001, George W. Bush was on vacation for 96 days - Given that he’d taken office on January 20th of 2001, that means that as of September 11th, he’d been ‘on the job’ for 234 days. If 96 of those were vacation days, he was on vacation 41% of the time.
    Yeah, he was a workaholic, wasn't he?
    Compared to Dubya, President Obama has done nothing BUT work.

    July 7, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. Chi girl 79

    You know what's wrong with this country? The fact that amidst all of the crisis we currently find ourselves in the most important and pressing issue is whether the leader of our country can use our tax dollars on spending time with his children. The same children that are sucking up our tax dollars regardless of their location on the globe. Why don't we just make an amendment that anyone holding the office of the President cannot have children. Preach family values yet get up in arms when a man whose job commands his attention 24/7 has the opportunity to spend time with his daughters.
    And you think he's wasting your money on some airline tickets aboard Air Force One? How about the cost of a coffin being flown in from Iraq?

    July 7, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Shannon

    I'm confused, I thought they kept their kids out of the spot light. Another myth!

    July 7, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Shingo from CA

    What a delightful article. I'm glad the Obama girls are on this trip. It keeps the President grounded, it shows Russia that we (America) are made up of real people, and the girls are receiving a wonderful education about Russia. There is nothing like being in a place to better understand it.

    July 7, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  22. ivar

    Hey Keith from Austin, what planet you living on. When the republican controlled senate and house was destroying and spending every dime we had, where were you. Obama inherited the rupublican generated nightmares. So wise up. what futures is he spending. That was already done by republicans which i suspect you are. Feel free to separate from the US like you guys are thinking.

    July 7, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Shawn - GA

    If this was anyone else we would hear how they are wasting taxpayer money traveling for pleasure during a Presidential trip...

    I am not stating this, I am just curious why this man gets a pass on all your hate?

    July 7, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. LLB

    At least THIS time they didn't take a separate jet at our expense like they did for the trip to France. I am still not enamored. Michelle's personality is a Jeckle/Hyde turnaround from the campaign trail. This Dem hasn't drank the Koolaid. So far I only see him and his family livin' it up. I'll drink when I see results.

    July 7, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. vJ

    He earned and he deserved 100% of it. It is a good lesson for all fathers of this world.

    July 7, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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