How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Malia and Sasha Edition

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Malia and Sasha Edition
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 02, 2009

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As First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama prepare to return to school this week, we take a look back at their amazing summer vacation.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha arriving in Martha’s Vineyard. The First Family had a weeklong vacation on the exclusive island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

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President Obama, the First Lady and Maila and Sasha order lunch at Nancy’s, a fast-food restaurant in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard on August 26.

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President Obama is all smiles with Maila and Sasha as they wait for their lunch order at Nancy’s on August 26 during the family’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation.

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Malia and Sasha shop with their dad in the Alleys general store on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 30. We wonder if they picked up anything for Bo…

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Malia and Sasha enjoy a leisure family ride with dad on their bicycles along the Lobsterville Beach on Martha’s Vineyard on August 27.

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The First Lady, Malia and Sasha wait to pick up their lunch at Nancy’s in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard last month.

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The First Family greets supporters upon their arrival to Moscow on July 6. Malia and Sasha sport trench coats from Crewcuts, a J.Crew children’s collection.

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Malia climbs up the top of a lighthouse during sightseeing in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 27.

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Malia and Sasha get a history briefing from their mom while visiting the Pompidou Centre Modern Art Museum in Paris on June 7. The President was due to fly back to D.C. yesterday, but the rest of the clan stayed on in Paris for a short private visit. The girls also visited Notre Dame Cathedral and had the chance to dine privately in a traditional French bistro during their stay.

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President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha tour the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, where Africans were often kept against their will before being sold into slavery.

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While visiting Ghana, Sasha and Malia took an eye-opening tour of the Cape Coast Castle. They are standing under what has been labeled as “The Door of No Return.”

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While President Obama attempted to solve various international issues, Mrs. O, Malia and Sasha enjoyed the city of Rome to the fullest. The First Daughters even made and ate their own blackberry and banana gelato.

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President Obama, Malia, Sasha and Mrs. Obama exiting Air Force One hand-in-hand upon arrival in Accra, Ghana, earlier this summer. The First Family was welcomed at Kotoka International Airport in the capital city Accra by Ghana’s President John Atta-Mills to traditional Ashante drumming, chanting and dancing.

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Sasha and Mrs. Obama enjoy the sights while visiting the Grand Canyon in August.

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The ladies of the White House take Paris! Mrs. Obama with Malia and Sasha heading up to the Eiffel Tower for a birds-eye view of the City of Lights at sunset. Grandma Robinson looks on from the back.

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The President high-fives daughter Malia as the First Lady looks on while touring Hopi Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on August 16.

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President Obama, the First Lady, Malia and Sasha tour Powell Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on August 16.

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Malia and Sasha board Air Force One at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on August 30, en route to their home in Washington, D.C. They had just wrapped up their weeklong stay in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Mrs. Obama, Malia and Sasha meet with Russian First Lady Medvedeva at a concert at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Musical Theatre in Moscow on July 7.

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The baby girl of the Obama family out and about in Virginia last June in preparation of the family’s Father’s Day tribute for the President.

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Even while he was still on the campaign trail, the President and his girls seemed to bond regularly over ice cream. Here’s the Commander-in-Chief with Malia and Sasha exiting the Dairy Godmother Frozen Custard Shop on June 20 (the day before Father’s Day) in the Del Ray section of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Malia leaves a Paris boutique after shopping with the First Lady and her sister Sasha (not pictured) on June 7.

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Packed and ready to roll, the handsome First Family depart from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on July 5. They were heading to Moscow, Russia, on the first leg of their weeklong trip that also took them to Italy and Ghana.

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Check out Miss Sasha hanging out with her parents and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife, Svetlana, at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 6.

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The First Family certainly got their share of sightseeing in this summer. Here, they watch an eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on August 15.

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Word is the President will meet Mrs. Obama, Malia and Sasha in Paris this weekend for a little foreign family fun. This will be the first trip abroad for the girls since they moved into the White House in January.

Mrs. Obama will have one public event in Normandy, France, on Saturday, but the rest of the family getaway will be private, per White House officials. In her commencement address yesterday, the First Lady encouraged grads to travel the world and learn multiple languages. In fact, she admitted that not learning more than one language was a regret of hers and the President. Looks like she doesn’t want that to happen to her own daughters.

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The President and First Lady Michelle Obama walk off Marine One with Malia and Sasha as they return to the White House in Washignton on August 17, 2009.

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Malia and Sasha soak in the summer sun with their parents while walking on the South Lawn at the White House after leaving the Marine One helicopter in August. The First Family was returning to Washington, D.C., after visiting Camp David.

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Malia walks to Marine One with her mom, dad and grandmother as they all depart the White House on Saturday, August 1. The First Family was headed to Camp David for a weekend visit and a little R&R. (We’re sure little Sasha wasn’t far behind.)

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President Obama, the First Lady and Sasha and Malia walk past traditional West African dancers as they participate in a departure ceremony at the airport in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday, July 11.

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The President and Sasha look over the different flavors of ice cream available at a store during the family’s visit to Yellowstone National Park on August 15. Malia (in background) seems to be pleased with her selection.

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Malia and Sasha with the First Lady watching an eruption of the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on August 15. Mrs. Obama told Vogue magazine earlier this year:

“I’ve been grateful that my girls have been able to see parts of the country I’m just seeing. It’s not only seeing Paris, London and Rome. It’s also the remote places…exposing them to what we hope kids will have: a feeling that they are citizens of the world.”

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