First Daughters

First Daughters
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 05, 2009

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We wonder what’s going through 7-year-old Sasha Obama’s mind as she peers out the window of a Secret Service vehicle. Sasha’s on her way to the Sidwell Friends School for her first day of classes.

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Michelle Obama gives daughter Malia a kiss while President-elect Barack Obama listens to little Sasha as the girls prepare for their first day of school in Washington, D.C.

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President-elect Barack Obama and his family have moved into the luxurious Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C., prior to moving into the Blair House, the White House’s official guest house, on January 15.

When asked about staying at the hotel, Obama told a group of reporters that while Michelle and the girls are having fun, “…living in a hotel for two weeks, we kind of did that for two years.”

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Do you think they’re asking for a raise in their allowance? Maybe Sasha and Malia Obama are practicing the art of negotiation like their parents have learned in their careers as attorneys. Here, President-elect Obama and Michelle prepare their daughters for their first day of school.

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Here’s a look at the Sidewell Friends lower school campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where Sasha Obama will be a student. The Sidewell Friends school has a few famous alumni including Chelsea Clinton, Tricia Nixon Cox (Richard Nixon’s daughter) and Archibald Roosevelt (Teddy Roosevelt’s son).

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Malia Obama attended her first day of school at the Sidwell School middle and upper school campus in Washington, D.C. Almost 40 percent of the school’s student body includes children of color.

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Malia gets a warm hug from dad—and of course Sasha is not too far behind—before entering the Honolulu Zoo while the soon-to-be First Family was on vacation last month during the Christmas holidays.

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Ice cream was a campaign-trail staple for Sasha and Malia. We’re sure the White House staff will stock the pantry with Malia and Sasha’s favorite flavors once the Obamas move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue later this month.

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Sasha shares a big laugh with dad on the campaign trail during the summer of 2008. The youngest Obama daughter, Sasha, began her first day as a second-grader at the elite Sidwell Friends in Bethesda, Maryland, yesterday.

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The President-elect and his eldest daughter, Malia, who’s almost as tall as her dad, share a laugh while performing community service in Chicago. We can’t wait to see what her eleventh birthday celebration will be like next Fourth of July. Fireworks, anyone?

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On Election Night, President-elect Obama gave Malia a victory squeeze after making his acceptance speech in Grant Park. Malia and her dad share lots of special moments, including reading the Harry Potter series together.

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Sasha and Malia Obama help their mom and dad celebrate his Senate victory and their national debut in 2004. We didn’t know it then, but as veteran journalist and ESSENCE contributor Gwen Ifill pointed out, “they are about to become the world’s most famous children.”

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Sasha, the youngest of the Obama girls, gets a loving lift from her dad. When the president-elect couldn’t attend one of Sasha’s dance recitals, wife Michelle told the Associated Press he was “broken up about it.”

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America’s new first family has captured the hearts of the entire nation. While Michelle and Barack are seen as the ideal couple, it’s Malia and Sasha who have become America’s sweethearts.

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Until a few days ago, the Obama family used to live in a $1.6 million Greek revival home on the Southside of Chicago. Michelle and Barack Obama said they loved being in the heart of Chicago.

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Here, the Obamas stand together on their porch in Chicago this summer. Barack Obama spent so much time campaigning this year that these moments together were rare. But that will soon change now that the entire family has moved to Washington, D.C.

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This summer the Obamas invited ESSENCE into their Chicago home. The girls even played a melody or two for us. Now the girls can play some tunes for the White House staff!

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Back in Chicago, Sasha and Malia kept a full schedule, busying themselves with play dates, camp and other extracurricular activities. Michelle and Barack Obama are pictured here in their home, looking on as the girls show off their musical skills.

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Sasha and Malia’s maternal grandmother, Marian Robinson, has played a huge role in their young lives. Michelle calls her mother “their secret weapon.” When Malia and Sasha’s parents were busy on the campaign trail, they remained back home with their grandmother. Robinson plans to move to Washington, D.C., to be with her family.

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On January 20, Barack Obama will officially take over the White House. Expect Malia and Sasha to be front and center during much of the inaugural festivities. For the Obamas, this day will mark the start of an extraordinary and historic journey.

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