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. todd

    I can't believe Palin got criticized for doing the same thing..... another example of how the media is extremely biased. Also how the same people who were criticizing Palin are going to support Obama on this.

    July 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. Buffalo

    Oh, no! The press is talking about Obama's kids. Next, Dave Letterman will be making a joke about them and Vladimir Putin at a Yankees game. Oh, the horror and injustice of it all! I hope President Obama doesn't resign like Sarah Palin now. Shame on you, media!

    July 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Cheryl

    the Obama girls are goodwill ambassadors. The positive image of America they generate wherever they go in the world is worth far more than whatever minor expenses are incurred to take them along. Americans should feel proud and grateful to have such a winning first family.

    July 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Doug, New Jersey

    Funny to hear the lib talk about its morals and values, those words must have twisted lib meanings just like the redefining of Pacifism as meaning a total disregard for the lives of the people you interact with on a daily basis. Just as tolerance's lib meaning which means we won, I will close my eyes and hold my breath while someone non lib tries to speak the truth to me and look for compromise.

    Webster's defintions of hate, hypocrasy, and liar are now synonyms for liberal and Democrat.

    July 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. donttreadonme

    hyprocacy is a frame of mind July 7th, 2009 4:50 pm ET
    If you are concerned a law has been broken, file a complaint. Palin violated Alaskan law. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't believe that same law applies to presidential families.-----------–

    What law would that be? Please don't post comments that are just untrue! I think it is fine that they are with their parents, I am just saying that you dem/libs had a fit when it was Sarah Palin.

    Instead of making an excuse admit it was wrong to bash Palin for having her family travel!

    July 7, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. ggirl

    he is the president of the United States and can travel with his family what a great way to promote the US and family values. Tax payers money well I am a tax payer and I approve! Money is spend on things far less important and no one is complaining.

    July 7, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. We Love Sarah

    I would like for anyone to prove that the First Daughters travel on government money?

    July 7, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. You had your window Repubs, and you blew it!

    Please guys, don't fight with the Republicans on this one. It's tough for them to understand that when someone goes on a trip they want their family with them.

    They all got used to the Mark Sanford "leave your wife and kids home and go play" kind of trip.

    July 7, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ me July 7th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

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

    No, not all . . .but he's certainly not the first. And yes, it IS nice that he can.

    July 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. ohsnapiam57

    The President is a smart man. If, and that's a BIG if, there were going to be even a shadow of impropriety about him taking his family along, don't you think as a politician, he would have known that and taken steps to fend that off? Why would he ruin his reputation and political future just to take his family along? Use your brains people! The US has some serious image fixing to do; this is a great thing for the country's image and for his girls. No wonder they were excited. Bush's daughters were drinking and partying (and who knows what else?). The Secret Service went along and protected them but not once did I read of any complaints about taxpayers money being wasted.

    July 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Kristyn

    The Obama family makes me feel proud! He should take his family with him. It is the perks of the job. After all, $400,000 is not enough money to be President of the entire country. CEO's of large companies make 25 million plus and do not nearly have the responsibility that our President have. That is the least we can do.

    July 7, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Tony

    Iowa July 7th, 2009 3:57 pm ET

    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…
    Working and paying my taxes. You?

    July 7, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ Shibumi July 7th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

    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."

    My, you sure are a sorry, sad excuse for a human being. I feel sorry for everyone who has to come in contact with you on a daily basis.

    July 7, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. Clint

    This is a very heart warming article. Our new president and his beautiful ladies (Michelle, Malia and Sasha) really represent us well. This one trip has done more to repair our image in Russia and abroad more than any of us could imagine.

    July 7, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Jamie from Canada

    Are you people (Deb in Colo) for real !!! complaining about the tax payer dollar for taking his children with him abroad. God and family first people, we incourage our Prime Minister to take his family. The job takes you from your family the least you can do is support him for taking his family. Those girls probably don't get see their Dad very much as we all know he is real real busy as the Leader of the Free World ... HELLO!!! Whether you are Dem or Rep you all have familys. Seriously if that was your Dad you would want to go. So they take up a couple extra seats on Air Force One ... big deal. I from Canada and your President is my hero ... God has blessed America with Obama. Anyone else forget how to spell when they are filling these things out? 🙂

    July 7, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. amy c

    Every President has allowed their children to travel with them. Chelsea went all over the world, as did the Bush twins. I'm just proud he's at work! Better than Bush, with his long trips to Crawford every summer!

    July 7, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ Tom July 7th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

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


    July 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Blue is my favourite colour

    Captain Snarky: Being POTUS is very different from Sarah Palin using state dollars to fly her family around. AF1 is how he travel, and if he wants his kids and wife to occupy 3 seats on a large 747–that's his perogative.

    The fuel was to get him to Russia on state business, who travels with him is incidental. His daughters are also minor children, who are not in school–and travel and meeting foreign dignitaries is a life experience very few have. I applaud them for asking the two lovely girls along, I'm sure they will meet wonderful people and will enjoy their visit. Their meals, etc, are not paid for by taxpayers. His children are not free loaders, and President Obama is not asking us to pay a dime for it. If you really want to get into a hair splitting contest–let's talk about Bush's many vacations away from the WH because he couldn't handle one quarter of the pressure Obama has faced in his short time in office. It cost us more to fly his ridiculous a$$ back and forth from DC to Crawford.

    July 7, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. kate

    This is NOT news!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Kim,LA

    All these GOP people and Obama haters need to stop. They have done enough damage to this great country for the last 8 years. They all need to stop talking.
    Love the girls and the whole President Obama family.

    July 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Daniel

    I feel a great sense of pride watching the First family. Wow!!! Such well behaved girls and that speaks volumes of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. You are great parents and role models for my wife and I. We are soon-to-be parents and we pray our son or daughter will be well mannered, respectful and God fearing. God Bless the First Family and God Bless The United States of America.

    July 7, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. teacheng

    The anti-Obama crowd on here is getting a little desperate. And when people get desperate they get nasty.

    I suggest you go home for the next 3 years and sulk, and then come out and vote against him next time. You'll be a lot happier...that is, until he wins 4 more years...

    July 7, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  23. Keep Crying Repubs

    I am stunned by how many comments are whining about Obama taking his family with him. It's ridiculous that a story about a little girl wanting to speak to her parents is suddenly controversial. Guess what? When a pres gets elected, the taxpayers pay for the whole family no matter WHAT they do. We've all paid millions to dems and republicans families for their entire time spent in office.SO GET OVER IT!!!!

    July 7, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. donttreadonme

    Come on libs instead of making excuses for Obama having his family travel with him just admit it was wrong to bash Palin for having her family travel with her?

    There should be no double standard between the Gov and the Pres.

    July 7, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. James

    Not sure why people are complaining about paying taxes to send the Obama girls to Russia. Relax. Their additional weight on the airplane is negligible and all other expenses are being covered by Russia.

    July 7, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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