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. sine

    leave the man alone.....he's already missed half their childhood for the greater good of the country. You got a good president out of it. Can the kids get a good father...... Can he see them during the summer...is that ok with everyone. You people!!

    July 7, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. AlwaysThinking

    What a wonderful opportunity for the Obama girls! I lived around the world growing up and also traveled and it was a great experience to see and learn about other cultures.

    It also made me – even at a very young age – thankful to have had the good fortune to be a U.S. citizen (I was born overseas – my dad was career Army). No one should take our freedoms and prosperity for granted. I am confident the Obama girls are learning the same valuable lessons from their parents.

    July 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Mary

    Better taking the kids on an educational trip that also provides political benefits and foreign policy improvements than winging your way to Buenos Aires. Also, nice to see a family that doesn't pull their kids out of school on a whim, for a ski vacation or to go to Disney etc., and respects the structure of the school year that most children have to follow. As far as there being other much more serious issues out there, just because they're not in this story does not mean that they are not being covered in the appropriate forum. If you don't like the story, don't read it. The headline should provide you with a clue.

    July 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Kevin B

    I find it weird that the Obama bashers on this page want Mr Obama to fix the economy and repair all the damage done by his predessor in less than 6 months.

    When things do begin to turn around (and they will, economic cycles always rebound) these same bashers will try and take credit or say Mr Obama had no impact.

    Any peace the Obama family finds drives you hater nutes

    No one is mad except the devil and the Obama haters

    July 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Asian woman in CA

    I completely agree with you Plantman. We have the best president in the world, and the best first family too. I love Obama and his family.
    I am proud to be U.S. citizen.

    July 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. ManxMamma

    It's curious to me that those on the left have little concept of what it means to be president. It is necessary for President Obama to establish credibility with other country leaders. He is doing what he promised – restoring the good name of the USA. And whether other president's children traveled with them I'd have to some research; the only girls I think were of comparable ages were Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton. Time for us to learn to be civil once again.

    July 7, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Jim

    Conservatives love to complain about wasteful spending but only along party lines. I never saw a conservative complain about a taxpayer's dollars being spent on the Bush twins or Laura. Nice hypocrisy (and jealousy).

    It's a shame the GOP imploded. Really it is. I'll Just keep laughing about it.

    July 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. jack, new york, new york

    more obama nonsense. it is interesting to contrast the press treatment of the obama kids with the treatment given to the palin kids. on the one hand there is all kinds of puff nonsense to glorify the obama kids. on the other hand there are abusive jokes about one palin kid getting raped at the ball park, an abusive image of the baby with someone's head superimposed, etc., etc. after a while this obama stuff will wear thin even for the obama worshipers.

    an aside, if the president didn't get enough sleep and was groggy the next day because he spent the night talking to his kid, i think he is slacking at his job which is to be alert and do the best for this country. i assume this is not supposed to be a vacation?

    July 7, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Susan (Michigan)

    It is nice to have a leader who makes time for his family. I'm sure when the Kennedys traveled, it was with the young kids, and it seems Amy Carter and Chelsea were on trips.And the Bush girls were in Crawford on our dime. I doubt it costs any more to add them to Air Force One...I mean really! President Obama is trying his best to find some peace with other countries and restore our image. So gang up on him yet again! It is his JOB to see other leaders, and he's good at it. I can only imagine SP visiting another country with her crew....and discussing what? Salmon and moose? Or salmon mousse?

    July 7, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. John in va

    It's truely sad that there are some people on here that are so filled with hate and anger that they cannot appreciate the simple things in life. Regardless of what the president and his family did these people would find something to criticize if not outright hate. And I do mean hate in it's worst connotation. People, grow up. If you have this much hate that you just have to spew it here, perhaps you should seek professional help.

    July 7, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. AlwaysThinking

    To TCM: These girls have always conducted themselves with grace and good manners. And the Obamas have made it clear from the get-go that they expect their daughters to continue doing their chores, homework, etc. They aren't spoiled – they're just happy, normal kids.

    By your logic, because our military is in harm's way, none of us should be enjoying life? I, for one, can simultaneously appreciate our military personnel's sacrifice AND enjoy a happy, productive life. I believe the Obamas can do the same.

    July 7, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Jen in PA

    Now this is family values. A man who wants nothing more than to be with his wife and kids. I see the GOP squawk boxes are on here taking shots. They weren't screaming about Bush's endless vacations and constant trips to Crawford. You never heard one mention of the fuel costs of Air Force One. Too bad your party espouses family values, but can't seem to exhibit them. It must be embarrassing for the moral majority with the endless stream of adulterers – Sanford, Ensign, Craig, Vitter, Haggard, Newt, Foley,etc., etc.

    July 7, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Observing in Canada

    Just a thought, but is it not possible that Pres. Obama has paid for his kid's travel, given that he does receive a salary for his job? Gee, if that's the big issue here, and not that he might be fixing issues brought on by the Bush era, there are bigger problems south of the border than I thought. Serial killers, philandering governors...of course...what was I thinking??

    One more thought...I bet none of you who are complaining, would toss up a potential trip for the family on your company's tab.

    July 7, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Matthew

    Are Russian tweens lining up on the streets in tears to see the Sasha and Malia? Since that is clearly not the case it's unnecessary and misleading to claim the Obama girls have "taken Russia by storm." This just comes off as another attempt by the media to elevate Obama's so-called rock star status. This was simply not news.

    That said, of course the girls should be traveling with their parents during the summer months and no one should be complaining about the cost to taxpayers. Both Chelsea and the Bush twins traveled abroad with their parents.

    July 7, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Tom

    Does Obama have the right to spend taxpayer money to take his family along?

    July 7, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Claudia in Houson

    Thank you President Obama for you and your family working to make the world a better place.

    July 7, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. St Louie

    All you haters need to get off your do nothing butts and actually do something-anything except continue talking the drivel that spills out of your immoral, bible thumping mouths. I'm soooo tired of all the republicans and their trash talk. How about doing something to help this country get out of the mess we're in, praising a president who cares more about the country than he does himself and take a lesson from one of the most respected families in the world.

    July 7, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. DaBird

    @ David........the same kind of people who have been trashing Sarah Palin's kids for eight months. Kids should be off limits, but there are a lot of people with no common sense or ethics.

    July 7, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Barbara

    I think it's important for the girls to come along when they can. I am a true believer that most people in this world, regardless of race, religion, etc. want a good life for themselves and a better life for their children. The Obama's, travelling as a family are a powerful reminder that we are all the same and all want the same things.

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Iowa

    Yay! News that makes me smile 🙂 For those that of course have a problem with the news brief, you seriously need to get a life! What are you doing for our country? Yep, I thought so...

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. Lisa - VA

    Stevie the Bush girls traveled on the taxpayers' dime..did you complain about that.

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. DawnL,CA

    For all of you finding fault with the Obama girls traveling with their parents. I'm certain they only took one plane-how is that an extra cost to taxpayers? It's a win-win. The girls are charming & I'm sure they will get an education out of this as have other presidents children. Find something else to complain about.

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Once You Vote Black

    Wow, if it was up to you TCM Obama would never travel with his kids. But guess what, we have 60 in the upper and even more in the lower so at this point nothing is up to you. You guys could not stop us if we wanted to sell SC to the Russians as long as we have the votes for it. Wow, we can do anything we want and all the GOP can do is lick your wounds. Bet you would not mind licking Sarah Palins wounds wouldn't you. Suckers!

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Lark in Portland

    Why shouldn't the kids travel with him? How can it be a waste of time getting things straight with Russia? How does this hurt the US? This president can multitask... I know many of you can't grasp the concept. It does mean doing more than one thing at a time.

    About the future.... no planet, no future. Now that's fairly simple to understand isn't it?

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Gracie, MD

    That's OUR First Family. They honor us proudly and with such grace and integrity. Obama's daughters "represent" America with such grace and beauty. They bring such down-to-earthness to the White House, it's so refreshing to see the White House come alive again.

    July 7, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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