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Obama Girls Start School at Sidwell


This photo provided by the Obama Transition Office shows President-elect Barack Obama getting his daughter Sasha, 7, ready for their first day of school in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The family is staying at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Obama Transition Office, Callie Shell)

Updated 4:16 p.m.
By Debbi Wilgoren
It remains awfully difficult to catch a glimpse of First Kids-to-Be Malia and Sasha Obama, but at least we can say for certain where they were this morning: getting to know their new classmates at the Sidwell Friends campuses in upper Northwest Washington and Bethesda.

The president-elect moved his transition operation to Washington yesterday in order to be with his girls as they started at their new school. Obama, who met with congressional leaders today to discuss an economic stimulus package, did not accompany his daughters to school this morning. But transition officials released these photos of him saying good-bye to them at their hotel suite.

Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, left the Hay-Adams Hotel with their mother, Michelle Obama, at 7:10 a.m. Their motorcade emerged from a security tent that has been erected outside the posh hotel, and they drove off with nary a wave to the throngs of cameras or the waiting crowds.

Malia, a fifth-grader, arrived at Sidwell's middle school in the 3800 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 7:30 a.m., a full half-hour before the school day began. The motorcade bypassed the main entrance to the underground garage at Wisconsin Avenue and Rodman Street NW, opting instead for a side entrance adjacent to Fannie Mae's James A. Johnson Housing and Community Development Center.

Whatever Michelle Obama did to settle Malia into her class, it didn't take long. At 7:41, the motorcade exited another driveway slightly to the north, adjacent to the Friendship Post Office.

VIDEO | Raw Video: Obama Girls Go Off to School

As their SUV slipped back onto Wisconsin Avenue, Michelle and Sasha were visible from the rear passenger window. Sasha, a second-grader, wore a look of wariness and fascination as she eyed the row of television and still cameras filming the motorcade, which included a D.C. police car in the lead, followed by two black SUVs, a minivan, another SUV and a Secret Service uniformed division car.

The youngest Obama had had a little more time than her sister to yawn away the Hawaii jet lag and Chicago time change. Sidwell's lower school, located a few miles away on Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda, doesn't ring the opening bell until 8:30. The Obamas arrived at 8 a.m., again plenty early, and the motorcade again used a side garage entrance, away from the rest of the drop-off crowd.

Sidwell's campuses also stagger the end of the school day -- middle school goes until 3:20 p.m., while lower school is dismissed at 3 -- which means that the motorcade should have no problem whisking Sasha from Bethesda this afternoon in time to pick up Malia.

"It's been a very normal day, the first day after winter break," Ellis Turner, the school's associate headmaster, said toward the end of the school day. "Nothing special was prepared for any of our students."

Utterly normal! Except, of course, for the comings and goings of the most-watched girls in the world. But we predict that tomorrow, truly just another school day, things will actually return to normal.

Staff writers Bill Turque, Dan DeVise, Richard Leiby and Hamil R. Harris contributed to this report.

By Washington Post Editor  |  January 5, 2009; 8:05 AM ET
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Comments

renaye

Next time pose a question with some substance and one that deserve dialogue! Instead of displaying your profound ignorance, lack of tactfulness and COUTH.
Sweetie............GROW UP AND TAKE OFF THOSE BLINDERS!

Posted by: runslow39 | January 8, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

runslow:
My question didn't even insinuate you had any brains, much less competent judgement. If you can't address a question, don't reveal your stupidity. As far as cards, you've played the dumb card. As far as I can tell, that's all you have in your deck.

Posted by: renaye | January 8, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Because the Obama girls will be going to private school, will they still be beneficiaries of affirmative action grading?
Posted by: renaye

To Renaye

From all I've read both girls are extremely intelligent. If you like that card can be passed to you and yours.................. very hateful.......

Posted by: runslow66 | January 7, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

To Diannne721

Sweetie are you upset? Forget to take your medicine or do you need a STRONGER DOSE? How dare you use this public forum attempting to bash THIS Country's First Lady! Did you stop for a second to think how ignorant ALL of your comment is? My prayer is you are not raising children and instilling this nonsense into their heads.
HOPE your comments come back to bite you in the rear end IN A MAJOR WAY!!

Posted by: runslow66 | January 7, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Their children deserve the BEST their parents can provide ... period ! Most especially, so they DON'T turn out to be IGNORANT A-holes like the ones making these negative/unnecessary/uneducated/uninformed/racist comments. Shameful !


Posted by: coatese | January "

Don't play that stupid, annoying race card. People have the right to think 60,000 spent (per year!)on two pampered little kiddies is obscene in this day and age.
People are struggling, and oh, struggling is not having to wait a week or two before Daddykins buys you that new puppy. Yes, we are SO jealous. :P

Posted by: Kotty1 | January 6, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"May GOD help all you JELOUS FOOL'S!!!!! To all of the GOP out their and who belive the the BIBLE IS TRUE THEN TRY PRATCING WHAT IT SAY'S. How can GOD! forgive you it you can't for give your brother. Leave the Children alone. Your children are probley BIG losers or in jail.

Posted by: mlhkfh | January 5, 2009 12:5"


Your children could have benefitted from a good school. Just saying.

Posted by: Kotty1 | January 6, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with ereisenberg (comment #5 above). As she so eloquently stated, "At the end of the day, the news is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania, not on the 3800th block of Wisconsin Ave." Perhaps someone should give her a job reporting some real news for the Post and fire the group of paparazzi following the Obama children!

Posted by: HenryStin | January 6, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I wish our public schools would begin incorporating some of the Quaker values that Sidwell Friends is based on. The hateful nature of these comments would be diminished by at least half, if not disappear altogether. The Obamas chose Sidwell for these faith-based values, as well as the fact that the school is used to providing top-notch security. I agree that leaving the girls alone is a good idea, but if the media won't do that, then at least let's talk about why they chose a Quaker school--because Friends education is the best in the world.

Posted by: quakermama | January 6, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Their children deserve the BEST their parents can provide ... period ! Most especially, so they DON'T turn out to be IGNORANT A-holes like the ones making these negative/unnecessary/uneducated/uninformed/racist comments. Shameful !

Posted by: coatese | January 6, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the media.....newspapers, tv and magazines need to stay away from the Obama kids. They don't need the pressure of being "watched"!! At some point, ALL kids will rebel in some manner.

Remember Al Gore's daughter who was arrested for participating at an under-aged drinking party in Bethesda?? And, Al Gore's son who was arrested for speeding through the Outer Banks?? And, Al Gore's son who was arrested for speeding with a Prius in California?? And, Al Gore's son who was arrested for drug possession??

Posted by: Lola222 | January 5, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Shaniqua Obama is the ultimate stage mother. SHe will have those girls on every cover of Ebony and every box of Stay Soft Fro.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 5, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

As a Sidwell Friends alum, I share in the excitement that the Obama family chose to join the Sidwell community. I understand why today was "newsworthy" in that it was the first day of school, and clearly I read this story with interest. After today, however, I hope that the Washington Post will take the lead in letting Malia and Sasha enjoy their privacy and childhoods. Perhaps we each have to take a stand and not read these stories anymore. Post, I hope you lead the charge on this one. At the end of the day, the news is happening at 1600 Pennsylvania, not on the 3800th block of Wisconsin Ave.

Posted by: ereisenberg | January 5, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post: Please don't report on the Obama girls until they are 18. Set an example for the other media. Your readers would appreciate it.

Posted by: emtyn1 | January 5, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

to Diannne721: such a public display of bigotry and ignorance. I can only hope that either you have no children to spread this filth to or that they are protected from your small-minded and churlish manner. At least let's all hope they are not subjected to the same treatment you show these two innocent children.

Posted by: edgery1 | January 5, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

to Diannne721: such a public display of bigotry and ignorance. I can only hope that either you have no children to spread this filth to or that they are protected from your small-minded and churlish manner. At least let's all hope they are not subjected to the same treatment you show these two innocent children.

Posted by: edgery1 | January 5, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me while I climb down from the ceiling! Have the editors at this paper lost their minds completely? Detailed movements of these two children is reprehensible, to say the very least (and since this is a public forum I've edited out my curse words).

I do not recall anything like this for the Bush twins or for Chelsea Clinton's arrival and first day of school. Times, places, routes.

While the Secret Service may not comment on protection publically, I hope they have given these reporters and the editors of this once-esteemed newspaper the verbal abuse they deserve.

Posted by: edgery1 | January 5, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Because the Obama girls will be going to private school, will they still be beneficiaries of affirmative action grading?

Posted by: renaye | January 5, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS MADNESS!

Why are you providing the crazies with such a detailed ticktock? We never read about the Bush twins' exploits in such detail.

I hope the WaPo will not continue this irresponsible reporting. It serves no purpose but danger.

Posted by: TeddySanFran | January 5, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

ConcernedVoter2008 and Other Voucher Supporters:

Public school choice is excellent! Your public situation in Colorado is actually ideal. People using public dollars to attend public schools. Unfortunately, most of the country doesn't have county or joint district school systems where people can use public resources to move through different schools.

Nevertheless, do not ask taxpayers to pay for a child's private education through public vouchers. Whats interesting is that the voucher supporters never really explain how a parent using a voucher can fulfill their portion of a community's public school tax obligation. For example, if people step in the voting booth, close the curtains and decide that they'll use tax dollars to build a new high school with an Olympic size pool, EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO PAY FOR IT! A parent using a public voucher should not be exluded from their community obligation pay the public school bills!

Yes, it is true that a voucher parent may be too poor to pay property taxes where they live. In these cases, whatever public education subsidy they get(federal, state, county or local) should be used to support the public school obligations, be they capital or operating, that property tax voters agreed too accept at the ballot box. Don't expect to live in communities, pay no taxes, and then have property tax payers foot the bill for a private education!

Posted by: dbruce1973 | January 5, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

These girls need to have the same courtesy that Chelsea Clinton was given - a chance at a normal school life.

As far as the voucher bashers - I offer this: Here in Colorado, suburban Denver, we have declining enrollment in some of the older districts and increasing enrollment in others. How wise of the school boards here to offer 'open enrollment', essentially a voucher system whereby any student can attend a school provided there is an available slot in that grade level.

We live on the borders of three very fine school districts, Cherry Creek, Littleton and Douglas County. Our neighborhood school (one of the highest ranking in the state) has 600 students at capacity. If it were not for open enrollment, this school would have been closed because the local (students within district boundary for this school) population would only equal 200. 400 others attend, by their parents driving them here in some instances and in the case of Douglas County (where growth is huge and schools have the potential to be overcrowded) send them via bus.

What is there to fear? These students have the advantage of specialized programs across three districts, can opt to attend several charter schools - which are, in many ways, the essence of a private school.

Attendance following excellence - sounds like a plan to me that WORKS.

Oh... Colorado spends less per student that over 40 other states. Not proud of that one... but there are ways to provide quality without simply throwing dollars at the problem.

Posted by: ConcernedVoter2008 | January 5, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame that little Maleawan and Sashawan have inherited their mother's snarl.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 5, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I must have logged on many posts past the ones that trashed the Obama children, that the latest posts elude to in angry rebuttal and rebuke. For all I have read so far are in support of them and rightfully so.

I am a conservative. No not a Republican for they have appeased themselves into near extinction, as a party, as far as most true conservatives are concerned. That having been said, I am saddened by subtle to blatantly snide remarks that, by the posts I have, read must certainly have been directed at the Obama children. The persons making these rude attacks must be Republicans however because no true Conservative would be so weak minded and threatened enough to used the circumstances of a mans children against him. From what I have read and observed of the Obama Children they appear to be bright beautiful, well behaved and cherished by their parents.

As the first Children they deserve no less than our full support no matter what differences we may have in ideology with their parents.
j.j.

Posted by: beowulf39565 | January 5, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Its funny to hear republicans taking shots a little girls because they are still mad for losing control of government. Now if you want to get mad, dont get mad at Obama for taking advantage of all of the blunders made by your party the last few years, get made at your party for making such a fiasco of your party leadership to the point that a unknown black guy with little experience beat your candidate and your party lost more seats in congress. In other words be mad at yourselves and change your image. If all you are going to do about losing this election the next 4 years is hate the people who won then you will be in the same position 4 years from now. Grown people bashing little kids just because they attended school. What next? Bash the parents for giving them a birthday party? Thats whats wrong with republicans, too lazy and corrupt to do your jobs right and think you can bad mouth the other guy to keep your jobs after YOU screw it up for yourselves. Deal with it and stop hating 7 year olds. Its beneath you dont you think? Apparently not.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Diannne721

Maybe we should all care about a nobody like you. Sorry you are so envious of the president, his wife and kids that you are on the post blogs hating like a jealous school girl who did not make the cheerleader squad. Maybe their success remind you of your shortcomings? Perhaps you should discuss it with your shrink at your next session. LOL.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

The Voucher Supporters Need To Get A Clue!!! Vouchers are misleading to poor parents. Why? There is no guarantee that the value of any voucher will cover the tuition of a private school. Moreover, it is not to be assumed that a donation of some kind would fill the gap between the voucher and tuition.

Furthermore, while it is true that the primary purpose of school is academic, it is not unreasonable for a child or a parent to want participation in the school community. To that end, the voucher people have yet to explain how the poor parent will pay for extras need to be a part of the private school community. Extras being: athletic fees, uniforms, books, field trip fees or spending money (even if there is no field trip fee), tickets for the fund raising gala (every season), the French Club's trip to Paris, instruments for the band, etc. The voucher people do not explain these things to poor parents.

From a values standpoint, it is entirely concievable that a parent could use a publically funded voucher to send their child to a school with values that are entirely out-of-bounds with conventional values and standards. Schools that teach hate, terrorism or any other problematic value could recieve public money through vouchers. Now, if people use there own money to send their children to these types of schools, that is their business. However, no public money should be used to support these kinds of schools.

Posted by: dbruce1973 | January 5, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

lostein

I dont think it is the family that clamors for the media attention as much as it is the nature of today's media (24/7 tabloid like) and us clamoring for more of them. Todays media follows not so famous people around until they are are made famous by the exposure and famous people around until we are sick of seeing them. The media follows people around because we all like them and they follow them around just as much because we hate them. The media knows we love to see them rise just as much as we love to see them fall. Why did we pay so much attention to O.J the last 15 years? Just to be there and see him when he fell. Media is always afraid of missing the big moment so they overexpose everyone waiting for it. No media outlet wants to be the last to catch something big so they follow everything. Long gone are the days where one reporter or photographer has the famous picture or soundbite.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaah, the cute little girls are going to school now.

You know what would be cool is if the Oboma's had a baby during his first year in office. America could become more united in supporting him and his family. it would be like we were all a part of his family.

Posted by: killthemessenger | January 5, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Funny, for a family that wanted its privacy and to protect its children from the media in Hawaii, there must have been a camera and tv crew in their hotel rooms. I don't begrudge them sending their children to private school - better security, I'm sure. But putting them in front of cameras so often is dangerous and irritating. I wonder why they felt the need to be in such an expensive hotel in the first place. They seem to love the spotlight, the high life and the power. I have a feeling we are going to see quite a different Obama than his supporters ever expected.

Posted by: lostein | January 5, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I see there are a few annoying Right Wing mosquitoes on here today. It's okay guys you can voice your opinion, your "stingers" are far smaller than your soon to be forgotten president. He destroyed the country with his, you just buzz around the ear with an incessant whine. I love the sound, it makes me smile for the first time in 8 years.

Posted by: AverageJane | January 5, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow! There are really some ugly, pathetic comments here! Get a life, folks. You look really small trying to smear Obama's kids.

Maybe this is a fluff piece but, sorry to break it to you, Obama is coming into office with a sky-high approval rating and everyone who isn't a bitter loser is totally excited about seeing this family in The White House.

After Bush has destroyed this country with his complete ineptitude you are all mad at the Obama's choice of a private school? Give me a break.

Posted by: marSF | January 5, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, leave the poor girls alone.

To Dianne721: you must really be jealous, huh ? Sorry, darling. You just have to get used to it. President Obama will be here in the next 4 years :) If that doesn't sit well with you, I suggest you go somewhere wherein access to television, radio, internet and newspaper is limited.

Posted by: dcgirl675 | January 5, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This is what WaPo considers news?

No wonder why people think this paper is a joke...

Posted by: indep2 | January 5, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Where was Michelle Shaniqua Obama? I wonder why so many people care about little Maliawan and Sashawan?

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 5, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Have you thought about who your various audiences are for this piece, and whether you really want to provide them with these details?

Posted by: johnmfarmer | January 5, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Just some people just pathetic.

Posted by: sdj526 | January 5, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess private schools are better than pubic. Then why no to school vouchers?? And why is that the dems are so against them??

Posted by: cr10 | January 5, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

May GOD help all you JELOUS FOOL'S!!!!! To all of the GOP out their and who belive the the BIBLE IS TRUE THEN TRY PRATCING WHAT IT SAY'S. How can GOD! forgive you it you can't for give your brother. Leave the Children alone. Your children are probley BIG losers or in jail.

Posted by: mlhkfh | January 5, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the media should demonstrate as much benign neglect as possible to the Obama children and that Sidwell is probably a good fit from a security standpoint. But I don't think we should write off all the griping as hate or republican sour grapes. For example, SteadyState tells us that it is "clear" that the Obama girls are "bright." Huh? Does being the photogenic child of a popular politician qualify one as "bright?" This comment is dripping with the ambient elitism that many critics here are jumping on. Obama lit a candle under a lot of people by spreading the message that he will bring hope to the broad masses. Let's not ignore the fact that sending his children to SW will give them a heck of a lot more hope than most other children

Posted by: Cossackathon | January 5, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The comments here are so hateful. Whey do they hate us? Read the comments in this section. Many of you need to learn how to like yourselves.

Posted by: eillah | January 5, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine what it would be like growing up in the White House, especially in todays world. I don't care what you might think about Obama when it comes to politics, it looks like to me he's a pretty good Daddy. Best wishes to all of them.

Posted by: usagator | January 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm torn: I really admire the Obama family and I'm vacuuming up all this gossip about them, but I wish the Post didn't report exactly which time and which entrance, etc. I'm worried for their safety.

Posted by: csdiego | January 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Public schools are very dangerous. I would not send my children to public schools if I could afford to do better. Education is very important to me as it appears to be for the Obamas. I too would have selected a good school with a good reputation to send my children.

Posted by: eillah | January 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

It would now be great for the Obama's to ask the media to stop reporting on their daughters as the Clinton's did regarding Chelsea. And I would hope that the media would abide by that.

Those girls will have enough to deal with and children should not be used for political reasons.

The Obama's are opening themselves up for this by releasing photo's of the girls and using them in interviews. I hope they rethink this and close the door on publicity for the children.

Posted by: peterdc | January 5, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow! There are some really pathetic people on here. I just feel sorry for anyone so miserable they have to be negative toward innocent children. For example - Amy2009... why do you assume the Obama girls are spoiled brats? So, everyone who has educated, successful parents are spoiled brats??? Where have they shown this behavior? Obviously, you were not an Obama supporter, so instead of just accepting that the election is over and that we should move forward as one united America you stay in your angry bubble. I bet it takes a lot of energy to be so negative. Maybe you should get a stress test.

P.S. - because there are still so many racist, sick individuals in this country the girls are not safe just anywhere. Obviously a private school is a more controlled environment than a public school. Wouldn't any good parent want to keep their child safe?

Posted by: chitown313 | January 5, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

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I wish the media INCLUDING THE WASHINGTON POST would stay away from the Obama children.

The fact that the Bush's daughters were well-heeled alcoholic f---ups has no bearing on the Obama girls.

I find it unnecessary and offensive that you told the EXACT time they left for school. That kind of information would only serve those who wish to do them harm. Please, show some decency and restraint. SHAME ON YOU WASHINGTON POST.

LEAVE THE OBAMA CHILDREN ALONE.

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Posted by: asd2 | January 5, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The Secret Service gets this school bus thing down, how come the rest of the country can't?

Posted by: WxDude | January 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't need to know when Sidwell friends lets out, or that they stagger their day. Could the editor please take this out and exercise a little more care? Good grief.

Posted by: FormerSubscriber | January 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Sidwell Friends did very well for Chelsea Clinton - glad to see that more presidential girls will benefit from their fine educational opportunities.

Posted by: undercover_hon | January 5, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

".....Wasn't Obama talking about sending his kids to public school?....."

No, he never said that.

Posted by: noahwayy | January 5, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

sundog said "...Yet, recall the cries of treason, and worse, pointed at Obama during the Palin-McCain rallies right next door in Virginia during the campaign."

That kind of hate is part of the reason these children need so much protection. there are crazies out there who might try to do more than scream at rallies and write hateful things on message boards. And the Obamas have been informed of plenty that we haven't about the threats there have been. I do not blame them one bit for wanting those girls kept safe. It is not worth risking their lives or our national security to make some point by sending them to public school.

Actually DC has some good public schools. but unfortunately security wise it would not be a good idea; they are less able to control who is allowed there etc. than a private school. Amy Carter, the last presidential kid to go to public school in DC, was reportedly miserable because she was constantly surrounded by Secret Service agents in school and not even allowed to go out to recess. Mrs. Obama talked to Hillary Clinton and Rosalyn Carter about school and I reckon she may have been influenced by Amy's experience as well as Chelsea Clinton's more positive experience at Sidwell Friends.

Posted by: ArianedeR | January 5, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

WP, please get the cameras off those poor little girls and let them go to school in peace.

Posted by: erfva | January 5, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Let's be perfectly honest, it's clear the two Obama girls are bright students. Anyone who decries foul that they are not being sent to DC schools ought to put themselves in the Obama's position. I find it reprehensible that people insinuate that because Obama has a hint of liberalism in his policies that somehow he ought to send his children to DC public school out of solidarity. This does not mean that he will not fight for those public schools but merely that he recognizes that they are not where they need to be. Surely, we have better things to worry about and opine over than where the Obama children go to school.

I imagine that by sending the girls to private school in Bethesda they are not only going to get an above average education (something important for bright students), but also that they will have better guaranteed security.

Posted by: SteadyState | January 5, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Discontinue "personal attacks"? I agree and let's start with the first two posts. Garbarge! Spiteful, full of hate and misstatements.

For the record, Sidwell-Friends is 40% non-white and just over 25% are on financial aid. As far as "princesses", I haven't seen either Malia or Sasha stick their tongues out at the press!

Since when have facts ever gotten in the way of the "Obama Haters". 19 seats up in the Senate in 2010 for the GOP. All the Democrats need to pick up are three and good-bye fillibuster. Guess the two first posters above will then whine about an "Obama Dictatorship"! Get over it! "Flyboy" and "Caribou Barbie" lost it bigtime!

Posted by: NotBubba | January 5, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I am not an Obama fan, didn't vote for him and am not pleased he's coming into office. That said, his daughters have nothing to do with the incoming administration. People need to leave them along and let them go to school as normally as possible. People shouldn't be lining up to see them at their new school, and this article should not have been published. Leave them alone.

Posted by: rgs_tnr | January 5, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't Obama talking about sending his kids to public school? Why isn't anyone bringing that up??? And the 180s continue...

Posted by: bgroban | January 5, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Here's hoping the Obama girls get off to a great start in DC. Everyone needs to just chill and give them some normalcy. There dad's the president elect restrict the hoopla to him.

Posted by: edhenson | January 5, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

haha what a funny set of comments. Keep up the arguing...its getting me by on this slow workday haha!!

Posted by: hereNow | January 5, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

We should not be too awfully surprised by the hateful comments posted here. After all, this is what Republicans do. A lot of responsibility for the continuing divisiveness in our nation can be laid at the door of our outgoing President. Yet, recall the cries of treason, and worse, pointed at Obama during the Palin-McCain rallies right next door in Virginia during the campaign. Regrettably, as long as people continue to mindlessly parrot the Limbaugh-Hannity-Coulter-O'Reilly screeds, this divisivenes will continue.

Posted by: sundog2 | January 5, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

bluevoter and tonymostn:

Please discontinue your personal attacks on others in this blog.

Personal attacks are hateful, devisive, and inappropriate.

Such personal comments are NOT welcome here as they violate the standards and policy of these blogs.

If you are confused on this issue, please read the WAPO blog rules.

Posted by: MYSTICMOUSE44 | January 5, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

There's plenty of REAL NEWS reported on by the Post for those of you who can focus on issues and not hating young children because you dislike their parents. There is no evidence these children are "spoiled brats" because their parents can afford to send them to one of the best schools in the DC area. They travel in a motorcade because there are always lunatics out there who might try to hurt them. It's what the First Family does. Get used to it. And to echo "bluevoter", your sour grapes are showing. I was angry in 2000 and now it's somebody else's turn to be annoyed at their fellow citizens. Ain't democracy grand?

Posted by: greyparrot | January 5, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"Dear tjhall and amy2009, please grow up." Reminds me of "12 Angry Men" When asked why he was so damn polite, one of the jurors replied, along the lines of, "I can't help it, it's the way I was brought up".

Posted by: TonyMostyn | January 5, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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