Malia & Sasha Obama

Malia & Sasha Obama
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 10, 2008

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Malia and Natasha (Sasha) Obama have moved from a familiar routine in Chicago to a brand new house, a new school and new friends all in the last 100 days that there father has been President. The girls are adjusting to it all with the help of their parents and grandmother, who now lives with them.

Take a look at how they’ve transitioned since moving to D.C. and how life in the White House actually looks pretty darn fun.

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Their new dog, Bo, is a sign of hope to other kids like Malia who are allergic to certain proteins found in animal dander. Bo will hardly shed making him the perfect pet for the Obama girls.

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The paparazzi are desperate to get their hands on photos of the Obama girls. The dream shot is supposedly of the girls decorating their bedrooms or having a pajama party. So far, the First Lady has put her foot down and that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

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The girls have become rockstars in their own right. Tweens are flocking to Sasha and Malia devoted Web sites more now than ever before allowing little girls across the country to think differently about themselves.

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The girls carry their own book bags whenever they travel, including weekend trips to Camp David with the family.
“They’re at the age where they’re pretty self-sufficient,” the First Lady tells People magazine.

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No one said it was going to be easy, but the President and Mrs. Obama have done whatever it takes to make sure their daughters have a semblance of a normal life. Unfortunately, for them that includes making their own beds and picking out their own clothes.

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There is nothing more little girls are sensitive about than their appearance. But so far Sasha and Malia are playing it cool. Here they are during Easter day celebrations.

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Sasha and Malia’s close relationship is an inspiration to many, as they hang close and look out for one another.

For 8-year-old Jordan Leggin, the Obama girls are more than an inspiration, she says, “I feel like they are a reflection of me and it makes me happy to see girls my age in the White House.”

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Malia and Sasha Obama didn’t have to worry about being cold on their dad’s big day. They were both dressed in cute custom-made coats by J.Crew as their father was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

The girls are growing up as confident, young women and will continue to do so attending the Stillwell Friends School. Read how one woman hopes to support and empower the girls through their academic journey.

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We think she approves. Sasha Obama, 7, gives her dad a thumbs-up, a seal of approval, after he is sworn in as the 44th President.

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With grandma Marian Robinson (the First Lady’s mother) and Auntie Maya (the President’s sister) standing behind them, First Daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, look extra special in their colorful coats, which were tied with velvet ribbons, to coincide with their mom’s.

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Last week, Parade magazine published a poignant letter written by President Obama to both of his daughters, thanking them for being great girls and allowing him to devote the last two years to running for office.

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Almost 2 million people braved the chilly weather at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to witness President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Following the historic event, Malia, 10, and sister Sasha, 7, seem just as excited as they watch the Inaugural Parade from their father’s reviewing stand.

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Kids weren’t always a part of inauguration ceremonies. The tradition started with Chelsea Clinton in 1997 and continued with the Bush twins. But as the first African-American children to participate, Sasha and Malia have made history of their own.

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Perhaps one day Sasha or Malia will return to the very same podium to be sworn into office. The possibilities are endless for them and other young Black children as we usher in a new era of change in our country.

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The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and daughters, Malia (left) and Sasha (right), strike a quick pose with Keke Palmer, Nickolodeon’s “Tru Jackson, VP” star and co-host of the Kid’s Inaugural Ball: “We Are The Future,” at the Historical Society of Washington, DC. The concert payed homage to military families, a cause that Mrs. Obama has expressed an interest in.

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Can photography be in Malia’s future? The sisters want to remember this time just like anyone else. Malia snaps photos while waiting for their parents at the We Are One Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18 in Washington, D.C.

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There’s no question Sasha and Malia captured the hearts of Americans early on in President Obama’s campaign. Their adorable smiles will be a welcomed addition to the White House.

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President-elect Barack Obama, wife Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha Obama watch U2 perform during ‘We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial’ January 18, 2009. The event included both musical performances and historical readings.

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Sasha and Malia brought along friends Lindsey, left, and Girardeau, second from left, for the Whistle Stop Tour. The symbolic train tour kicked off events leading up to President Obama’s inauguration.

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Here’s a look at the Sidwell Friends lower school campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where Sasha Obama will be students. The Sidwell 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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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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A couple weeks before the inauguration, Mrs. Obama planted a kiss on Malia while then President-elect Obama listened to little Sasha as the girls prepared for their first day of classes at Sidwell Friends School.

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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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