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. mjm


    Good job identifying the current socialist programs run by our government.

    Now, how many of those programs are in truoble?

    That's right, all of them.

    Maybe we should copy success, not failure. You think?

    July 7, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. LLB

    FYI the Obama' s marriage was in crisis when he was a congressman and Senator because she was home taking care of the kids and he was away all the time. To all you Obama lovers, don't go crazy like the Bush lovers did (you're sounding just like them) or we will see a backlash in the form of right winged zealots in another 4 or 8 years. Where's the moderation in this country?

    July 7, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. andy

    Who cares about chosen one Obama or how his kids wander around at 4am.. Obama is destroying this country one tax dollar at a time just like Arnold did to california and CNN prints this propaganda.

    July 7, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Triggidy

    Two girls take the entire nation of Russia by storm? Wow, that supposedly fearsome Russian Army has really fallen off lately, eh?

    July 7, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    donttreadonme: Please quote the source where president Obama EVER talked negatively or personally about Palin and her family. The answer is that there isn't one because he flatly stated that family is OFF LIMITS.

    In fact quote any time candidate Obama or President Obama has EVER personally attacked the Palins. Just because you imagined it as so does not it make it a fact.

    And the rest of you : Please quote where you have learned that your taxes are paying for the daughters' trips and the cost.

    July 7, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. lil

    Some of you guys really dont like seeing this family happy together.
    whats two more people on a plane thats going there anyway. Please stop hating.

    July 7, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. obama can't find chechnya on a map

    Obama in Russia apologizing when it should be the Russian President to prosecute Russians for crimes they committed in Chechnya

    July 7, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Mary from Kentucky

    A message for Danny.
    Obama is your president. He can take his kids with him.
    Palin was not the President, not even the Vice-President.

    July 7, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. jaye

    The Obama family gives our country grace and dignity – we've so lucky to have them!

    July 7, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. kayode

    Hey LLB why do you choose to stereotype?
    why can't they drink anything else other than koolaid?
    please wake up and accept it..it is no longer a dream
    Obama(African America) is the President, commander in chief of the United States of America
    I love you Mr. President..
    Please take grandma with you on the next trip..
    The kids must be missing her by now

    July 7, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Peter E

    I have yet to decide what's more amusing: the irrelevancy of this story, or the fact that GOP haters still take it as an excuse to make up hate-lines about Obama.

    July 7, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Matt

    Well, this article is a fine example of Obama-mania, Ed Henry. How exactly are the Obama girls or Michelle for that matter taking "Russia by storm"? They are not celebrities in Russia; people in Russia do not worship the Obamas like many in America do. Please start writing serious pieces and asking serious questions of this administration. I have had enough of "I adore how cute you are MrPresident" articles...

    July 7, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. choijanet91@hotmail.com

    Who will be paid the huge expensive bills for Paris, London for 14 days in May over to June and Russia, too ? It will be paid by blood money from Taxes of Citizens. Mr. Mrs Obama are being gone too far.

    July 7, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Happy

    Charming! Lovely and well brought up young ladies.
    Not a fan of Ed Henry though! He always seems bitter.

    July 7, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Bob

    We should all be proud of our President and his family. President Obama is doing a great job. It is a joy to see his family with him sharing the experience.

    July 7, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. herb

    It is sad that some people would have such bitterness toward the president taking his family with him on a business trip. Think for a moment it didn"t cost any more for the president family to accomdate him–ddddddd-you do the math

    July 7, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. ike

    Most folks are simply made cause this is a black family that's doing it. Chelsea, The Bush Twins all travel to other countries with there father's or met up with them...I'm so glad Obama one because now I don't have to look for the racist..I just look for the white folks who's K9 teeth are showing!!

    July 7, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Richard L

    From a May, 2002 news story about a 10-day trip for Bush's daughter:

    White House spokeswoman Noelia Rodriguez decreed at the outset of this trip that Jenna was traveling as a private citizen - albeit also on the U.S. government - and was "off-limits" to the news media.

    Jenna travels to Berlin on Wednesday to see her dad and then returns to the United States while he and the first lady continue on to official visits in Russia and France.

    July 7, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. chelle

    The difference between the travel of Sarah Palin's children and Barack Obama's is simple. Her children's expenses were not related to her job – flying your children somewhere to a dinner they aren't invited to is ridiculous. Taking your children to Russia to see that country makes sense. Not only that – how do you know that the Obama's are using taxpayer money to do so??

    July 7, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Tommyknocker45

    Maybe she should have taken them to Russia. Oh, that's right the kids can see it from their house.

    July 7, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  21. David

    It's wonderful to see the First Family of the United States representing America in such a dignified manner.

    Thank You!!

    July 7, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  22. ib

    Obama is groggy because Putin is laughing at him just like NK and Iran are. They all see how weak and blind he is.

    July 7, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Sherrie

    I am thrilled that our First Family can finally have some time together... regardless of the time or place!

    *My apologies for some of the pathetic self-absorbed posters here!

    July 7, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Being Alaska Governor Not

    From what I understand, travel privileges do not extend to family in the role of Alaska governor. But they do for President. Palin broke protocol. Obama did not.

    July 7, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. John

    thats because palin is a worthless deserter who doesn't even care about her own state

    July 7, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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