July 7th, 2009
06:03 PM ET
12 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. sherey

    How wonderful for the President and his family...i'm sure it is a comfort for him to have his girls alongside! President Obama has such a huge job...i think when he can travel with his lovely family the burdens of the job must seem lighter!

    July 7, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Rob Johnson

    Say what you will about Obama as a politican, but he's a great dad.

    July 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. GrumpyOldMan

    Hey Troubled – you're saying Michelle and the kids should've stayed in the U.S. to help out with the economy? Maybe they could use your help, seeing as you're obviously a very concerned citizen. Narcissistic?! Are you kidding me?

    July 7, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Michael Kutosi, Houston

    Just the image of a president with his family together says volumes about the image of America. It is a much more interesting story than the useless and indolent noise about MJ.

    July 7, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Danny E. Gonzalez

    Troubled; what are you doing to contribute? it is easy to judge, it is harder to pick yourself up and help your fellow americans... yes the economy is in the tank; but we all contributed to it; and we will not turn it around until we ALL contribute; perhaps you would like to see our leaders stay home; act defited and crawl in the dire situations we have... we are America and we will bounce from this... this man is our president and he is traveling abroad to seek partnerships and peace, that is his job; he is taking his family and sharing with the world our American values; we need to be proud that we can export that to the world; if we want chance it must start with our true values... want to critize; do so with a purpose and with something constructive... grow up!

    July 7, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Shibumi

    Bo Bo showing his daughters how communism works. Nothing like real world lessons in action to cement the idea in little skulls full of mush.
    I can hear it now "See, Sasha, everyone knows to bow down to the elites in Russian society. Unlike the bumpkins in that stinking USA."

    July 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Deborah

    Omigosh! They took up two or three extra seats on a plane, already going to Russia. How is this "traveling on the taxpayers' dime"?

    Kudos to the President for being such an amazing ambassador of what is RIGHT in America to the rest of the world! (Your kids are adorable! They are almost as good at being ambassadors as are you, Mr. President, and your lovely wife Michelle!!)

    July 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. harold from cali

    In response to "troubled", just how much extra expense did the government have to bear to bring the Obama family along? Is it the additional fuel used by Air Force 1? Or, you think they may have eaten more than a couple hundred dollars more of food (which the Russians paid for)? Your name "troubled" says it all about you. You clearly have issues and need help.

    GO PRES! Show the rest of the world that America is a place where family is high on it's list of priorities.

    July 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. hooray for obama

    This story is sooooooooooooooooooooo sweet. I literally can't stop crying!

    Both Republicans and Democrats sniping at each other on hear need to grow up.

    Republicans lost the election. Get over it!

    Democrats won the election. Quit gloating and making stupid comments to anger the Replublicans.

    People are so hurtful for no reason these days. Why does one side just immediately go for the hot button statements and then act so shocked that they bring out the worst in the other side?

    July 7, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Linda Kearney

    Well between their "nightclub" Wednesdays at the WHite House with dinners and bands and glitter guests and fri night dates around the world at taxpayer expense PLUS taking kiddies and Michele's mother all over the world etc, the trip "Air Force" one is making zig zagging back & forth are costing the taxpayer plenty!

    It's a diplomatic trip for the President NOT a family outting! Leave Mrs. B.O and kids HOME to tend to Bo and the organic garden!

    He's spent more taxpayer money on his own family (that he could pay his ownself – they are millionaries! – in 4 months than Bush did in 8 years!

    Enough already!

    July 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Marylin

    I find it disgusting that amidst all of the economic doom, we can fund a trip to Russia for the whole family. Think of the extra security, the ward robe and make up artists, the extra dining out (I'm sure they don't eat at McDonalds). We have so many children who can't even see a doctor or have a full meal to eat and we impress Russia like this. What's with all of the trips abroad? Visability does not always win friends. Settle down Obama and smell the real crisis at hand.

    July 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Nat, NYC

    President Obama doesn't understand that in time of war (we lost 8 service men in Afghanistan in last 2 days) and problems at home (USA) just stop bragging about how lucky and happy you and the members of your family are. Time to grow up, Mr. President!

    July 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Andre Daie

    Think about the girls in Afghanistan and Iraq being with their parents.

    July 7, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. dave

    leave the troops out of it. if you want to attack some little girls, try to do it on your own.

    July 7, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. puzzled

    So how, exactly, did Pres. Obama's daughters "take Russia by storm"? They're along for the ride. That's OK, but a misleading title for the article.

    July 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Mark

    If I am not mistaken the President takes Air Force One on all his trips. Which can hold a few more than just him. So a few reporters get bumped and don't get a free ride. It's not really costing us any more than it would if they stayed at home.

    Some people are going to find something to whine about no matter what.

    July 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Stephanie

    Anonymous – Why is it sight seeing when it's a Democrat no one did less then our former president.

    July 7, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Once You Vote Black

    This is all GW Bush fault! If he had not done such a bad job as President Obama would not be over there making us look so good. That W must have stood for WAIST!

    July 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Marie

    Hey Danny Gonzalez . . . I've got something constructive for you. Defitted? What is that? Did you intend to write defeated? Also, why don't you take a class is economics? "We" did not contribute to the collapse of the economy. I did not take out a loan on a house that I could not afford, nor did I manufacture cars that no one wanted. Before you order people around and tell them to be "constructive" you should do so yourself.

    July 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Kendrick

    If this story was talking about Bush, and his girls you people wouldn't even be commenting, at least not like you are anyway, it would be all about support, GO Bush, do your thang, take the family with you and have a good time, were here rootin for ya!!!! Stop being racist, and embrace what is, if you don't want to do that, you may leave the country what's holding you here?

    July 7, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. res03hrk

    TCM – Try reading the story CNN put out about coalition troops being killed in Afganistan over the last few days. Oh and the story about Cheney. This isn't the only story CNN is covering, but there is nothing wrong with some good PR for the US.

    July 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    All three of the Obama girls are just adorable. I am proud that they are representing America to other countries that only wish they could be as tolerant and open as America (in comparison to most countries around the world). More Americans should try to understand other cultures the way the Obamas are doing.

    July 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Adam

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

    You did see the bit about Mr.Obama negotiating a reduction in nuclear weapons between Russia and the United States, right?

    Hell of a sight-seeing tour.

    July 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. David

    Grow up. We've always had hardworking US military personel- some in the Middle East and other places. But they are not the only people to report on. The news is not obligated to focus solely on the military, nor has it ever been. Military conflicts and our troops dying have been a constant in our news for the last 6 years. News is news..some of it good, some bad. Some stores are to make us smile, others, to make us ponder. If you feel so strongly about the US military, get off your seat and go do something worthwhile in their honor. Otherwise, get off the bitter pill. Though I respect our military, they are not god, nor do they make the world go around.

    July 7, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. David

    What kind of people can make the type of negative comments above about these two very cute kids. Obama is the President and forming strong US centric relations with Russia is absolutely critical after the devastation of the Bush/Cheney years. It greatly helps the image of the US for people in other countries to see an example of a strong and caring family.
    For some of the conservative bad mouths above, what kind of family image would you propose...Mark Sanford?

    July 7, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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