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Obamarama: The Obamas Pick a School -- It's Sidwell Friends


**An updated version of this story appears in the print edition of Sat., Nov. 22 and online here.**





The Obamas in Montana on the Fourth of July (By Jae C. Hong -- Associated Press))

The daughters of president-elect Barack Obama will attend private Sidwell Friends School when they move into the White House in January.

The decision, announced late this afternoon, came after visits to Sidwell and Georgetown Day School this week by 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha. Each girl visited classes and met with students while their mother talked with administration officials and parents. Michelle Obama also visited both schools last week when she came to Washington with her husband to tour the White House and meet with President and Laura Bush.

"A number of great schools were considered," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the incoming First Lady's spokeswoman. "In the end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now.

The Obama girls will be following in the footsteps of Chelsea Clinton, who attended and graduated from the Quaker school when her father, Bill Clinton, was president in the 1990s.

They will also be joining the grandchildren of Vice President Elect Joe Biden. In fact, Malia had told her parents she wanted to attend Sidwell because of her friendship with one of the grandchildren, according to sources familiar with the decision.

In selecting Sidwell, the Obamas have chosen a rigorous school where many of Washington's most prominent and moneyed families have sent their children. Vice President Gore moved his son, Albert Gore III, to Sidwell from St. Albans in the 1990s, and Washington Post Co. chairman Donald Graham sent his children there as well.

The choice means that the Obama girls will be going to class on two separate campuses in two different cities.

Sidwell's lower school is in Bethesda, Md., and that is where Sasha would be attending second grade. Malia is in fifth grade, and that is part of the middle school at Sidwell. The middle school is located on the same campus as the high school in Northwest Washington, a few miles from the lower school.

Sidwell has between 1,000 and 1,100 students and says that 39 percent of its students are of color. Tuition this year for elementary is is $28,442, and for the middle school, $29,442.

The girls now attend the private University Lab Schools of Chicago, which has about 1,700 students.

-- reported by Richard Leiby


Earlier: The Choice: It Seems to Be Down to Two Private Schools


By The Reliable Source  |  November 21, 2008; 4:44 PM ET
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Comments

There was never any doubt. Good choice for them.

Posted by: hoos3014 | November 21, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

What??? You mean public education isn't good enough for the daughters of the Messiah?

Posted by: gymrat102 | November 21, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Amy Carter go there, too? I wish Sidwell Friends (Quaker) School would write a primer on how to run a good school, other than just by having privileged children. After all, there are plenty of affluent high schools in the country that turn out unimpressive graduating classes. Sidwell Friends must have a lock on motivating kids. Please share it!

Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | November 21, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Sidwell is the best choice for the girls. Sidwell officials, unlike the ones at GDS, have experience in accommodating/educating children of presidents, having done so with Clinton's daughter.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | November 21, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

No, public school isn't SAFE enough "gymrat".

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | November 21, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I do not understand the argument that public school is not safe enough. A campus can be locked down with secret service no matter whether it is public or private and the schools that they would feed into given the White House district are hardly the rowdiest of DC's. And why not a charter school?

Posted by: empsg59 | November 21, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't they have to apply and get in like everyone else? Or is it a given that if you are the president your kids get in? I went to private school and everyone still had to take the admissions test. I wonder if they will make the girls do that. If not it it just says if you have money and power you are in which is probably the case!!

Posted by: happydad3 | November 21, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If anyone has ever been to DCPS, even the better ones would notice how lax security is, one lowly security guard by an open (unlocked door). Let's get real here, if Fenty won't send his kids to a DCPS school and Rhee sends her kids to one of the best in the District do we really think the President's daughter are going to send theirs. The amount of money to lock down a campus could be spent in a much better way, Sidwell Friends knows how to handle this type of situation and is not open to the FOIA that DC Government is obliged to respond to.

Posted by: mia_101mail | November 21, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a total elitist.....not the man of the people he claims....Great ...his kids can be alongside Frank Raines and Dan Mudd the heads of Fannie Mae ....aren't they special

Posted by: keepingitreal | November 21, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I went to Sidwell and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I hope they have a better experience there than I did.

Posted by: didnik | November 21, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Because Republicans have and continue to send their kids to DCPS? The Obamas were given a choice and they did what was best for their children. But then who are any of us to get in the way of right-wing losers continuing to exhibit their stupidity in these comment sections?

Posted by: ap951 | November 21, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet most parents would send their children to private school if they had the choice. The operative word is CHOICE. Kudos to the Obamas for not using their kids for a societal experiment. I love this family with each passing day.

Posted by: yeswecan3 | November 21, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

39% are "of color?" Are the rest transparent?

No, you mean 100% are of the color Green.

Ka Ching.

No change.

Posted by: theeasypartsover | November 21, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

How tight the security is right now is largely insignificant given the options that Secret Service provides. Pure and simple, I'm very upset with the candidate for change sending his kids to a school that not every child in DC has the option to attend. Sure there are scholarships, but the DC public schools are a bastion for the wealthy and elite and one of the reasons DC public schools do not get the larger support they need.

Posted by: empsg59 | November 21, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

fr UsedtobeGOP:

>Didn't Amy Carter go there, too?...<

NO, I think she went to Stevens public school. Chelsea Clinton went to Friends, and I understand it's a very fine school.

Posted by: Alex511 | November 21, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what the fuss about sending Obama sending his children to a private school. They already were sending their children to a private school before.

However it does look funny that he is sending his children to the same school Clinton sent Chelsea. It seems everything Obama he is doing now makes him appear like he is Clinton Jr. His AG is a Clinton holdover, his Chief of Staff worked in the Clinton White House, Hillary is most likely going to be Secretary of State and now his kids schooling.

Posted by: bismarck88 | November 21, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It's all clear now. Obama is really Bill Clinton with plastic surgery and pigment augmentation. I think I saw a movie on this. He did it. A third Clinton term. If he could not get elected in true name, well, nobody ever heard of Obama before anyway. The Onion was right.

Posted by: theeasypartsover | November 21, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

We are three students at Sidwell, and we can say first hand that it is an absolutely incredible place. We love it there because the people are welcoming, the academics are really challenging, and the Quaker meetings are a unique experience. We are sure that Malia and Sasha will love it here and we are incredibly psyched to meet them and their family. This is absolutely thrilling. We are going crazy with happiness.

Posted by: happychap15 | November 21, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Good choice. Deliberate, methodical, not rushed. It'll be so nice to have president who makes decisions that way, for a change.

Posted by: gce1356 | November 21, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Also, just as a response to other people's comments, not everyone who goes there is rich (even though most people are). We think that the statistic is around 20 percent of the students are on financial aid.

Posted by: happychap15 | November 21, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

must be nice.

Posted by: pras40 | November 21, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Please, the fact that he is sending his kids to a private school rather than DC public school says nothing about him beyond the fact that he does not want his daughters murdered. DC public schools are a nightmare. Even the better ranked public schools, some of them "blue ribbon" schools, are plagued with gang violence and drugs. What kind of father would send their kids into an active war zone when they could avoid it?

Posted by: Christopherjhan | November 21, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"39% are of color"

Why not just say "39% are colored." What's the difference?

Typical liberal elitist hypocrites. Obama takes millions from the teachers unions, blabs about "no child left behind", and is against school vouchers.

But he sends his kids to a private school costing nearly $60,000 in annual tuition.

So much for "change."

Posted by: superman8472 | November 21, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The McCain Palin rally cries of "Terrorist" and "Off with his head" made it impossible for the First Daughters to go anywhere near a public school.

The GOP inflamed their supporters with Muslim, terrorist and Marxist and then they wonder why the daughters have to be secure? Priceless.

Posted by: rhinsker | November 21, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I live right next to the Lower school and the traffic is already bad with dropping and picking kids up. I'm not looking forward to the secret service and even more congestion in Bethesda caused by Obamaniacs.

Posted by: aukatie82 | November 21, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

rhinsker -

He IS a Muslim. Check the recent al-Qaeda tape. Zawahiri said it plain as day: "Born of a MUSLIM father."

If you knew anything about Islam, that makes him a Muslim under Islamic law.

Posted by: superman8472 | November 21, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

empsg59 said "I'm very upset with the candidate for change sending his kids to a school that not every child in DC has the option to attend. Sure there are scholarships, but the DC public schools are a bastion for the wealthy and elite and one of the reasons DC public schools do not get the larger support they need"
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Ha! Another one who is realizing that this charlatan is not about change at all. He is about power and business as usual. Get used to it.

Posted by: MKadyman | November 21, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Gymrat: the security concern for the Obama girls is much higher than just any other DC area child - you do realize there could be an international crisis if those girls' lives were threatened?!?

I want a President who doesn't have to worry about his childrens' safety. That security risk affects us all.

Sidwell has experience in this - a good choice.

Posted by: why1201 | November 21, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, I suspected Obama was a hypocritical elitist, so I'm not the least bit surprised at this. But I do find it highly amusing that the same liberals who screamed that the Bush daughters should have enlisted in the armed forces are now defending the decision to send the Obama daughters on the grounds of alleged "security" and "privacy." They are as hypocritical as Obama is.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 21, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

One of his campaign promise was better education for all.

More like better education to the "have's"

Get real People! Our Public schools failed a very long time ago. Politicians will only mention it to win votes, then turn around and do the opposite.

Posted by: markreginald | November 21, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't they have to apply and get in like everyone else? Or is it a given that if you are the president your kids get in? I went to private school and everyone still had to take the admissions test. I wonder if they will make the girls do that. If not it it just says if you have money and power you are in which is probably the case!!


Posted by: happydad3 | November 21, 2008 5:15 PM
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I doubt they had to apply, but I can't imagine that courtesy extends to too many families. In any event, Sidwell needs them more than the reverse. I'm sure Obama's daughters will also attend whatever college they want, without having to go through the normal process.

Posted by: smc91 | November 21, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh please - Obama picked the best school for his kids - all of you calling him an elitist - did you really think he would use his kids to make a political point? I thought you Republicans were pro-family values; wow - you really are erratic.

Posted by: danielfolsom | November 21, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, some things don't seem to be "changing". Wouldn't it be nice to see at least a few high-profile Democratic politicians choose to send their children to the DC public schools rather than the usual "elite area private school"? Imagine the momentum behind improving public schools that would be created if Mr. Obama had done just that! Alas, it is not to be. Does Mr. Obama really fear for the "safety" of his children,-(despite the Secret Service detail!!)-or are the DC public schools just not up to snuff for his little darlings? I imagine that it is the latter. Does he feel any moral imperative to allow the parents of other DC-area children to make the same choice that he and his wife just made for their children? Is it O.K. to oppose school choice programs while quietly choosing private schools for your loved ones? I think not.
As he walks down Pennsylvania Avenue during his inaugural parade, Mr. Obama will inevitably see many of his DC area supporters and their children cheering and waving American flags. Maybe, just maybe, he will take pity on them and resolve once and for all to unchain them from a dysfunctional educational system. That would definitely fit my definition of "change". --I'll hope for that, but I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: jshay | November 21, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

No public official should be obligated to use his or her children to make a political statement. Similarly, no child of a public official should be subject to political manipulation. After all, it is not by their choice that their father has been elected President. Michelle and Barack Obama can be fairly viewed only as parents making the best available choice for their children. Others may not have the ability to make the same choice but that circumstance is no different than two neighbors of different means and can not fairly be viewed any differently.

Posted by: leftcoaster4 | November 21, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh grow up some of you.

If you have the money and the contacts, you send your kids to the best possible school you can.

Its common sense and anyone not doing that is a fool.

Posted by: MikeOLeary | November 21, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The public does not 'get it' yet, but Friends means Quakers.
The Quaker schools are known from DC to eastern Pennsylvania, to New Jersey as the best place for intelligent kids to go, who dont have social class pretensions. You get a prep school education without the snob factor.

Posted by: ottothewise | November 21, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that we're going to have daily Secret Service motorcades from the White House to the Bethesda campus, right in the middle of rush hour?

Posted by: swmdalswmdal | November 21, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't they have to apply and get in like everyone else? Or is it a given that if you are the president your kids get in? I went to private school and everyone still had to take the admissions test. I wonder if they will make the girls do that. If not it it just says if you have money and power you are in which is probably the case!!

Posted by: happydad3 | November 21, 2008 5:15 PM
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Welcome to the real world. Did you miss that part at your school? The reality is the elite will always get in.

You see that especially at Harvard and Yale. There are 100's of marginal students taken in without question from the elite of Europe and the offspring of Middle East rulers.

This gives the two Universities a lot of influence throughout the world because their marginal graduates are many of the current and future decision makers. It also helps their development funds.

Posted by: MikeOLeary | November 21, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Our neighbors send their 3 kids to Sidwell Friends.

They haven't bought a new car in 10 years!

But they're really nice kids and I think the Obama family has made a good choice.

Posted by: RedBird27 | November 21, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

But he sends his kids to a private school costing nearly $60,000 in annual tuition.

So much for "change."

Posted by: superman8472 | November 21, 2008 6:06 PM

They were already going to the University of Chicago school, and it is private.

Posted by: ottothewise | November 21, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I first want to say that I did not vote for Obama. Not happy with him as president.

However, one thing I feel strongly about is that a president's family is his/her #1 concern. that they decided on a private school should not be concern of the public. They have to do what is best for their kids. This should NOT be an issue.

Posted by: debmat511 | November 21, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Grow up indeed - to Washington Dame and your ilk, the Obamas never did or said anyting to lead anyone to believe that they would send their kids to public schools. Indeed, one of Obama's planks is to improve public education so that maybe if things had been different, they would have had more of a choice between public and private, security concerns aside. Why shouldn't they send their daughters to the best schools that are avaialbe to them under their circumstances. The Obamas are devoted parents who want to provide the best for their children to allow them to grow up to be like their parents - intellingent, intellectual, caring people. That all parents should be so dedicated to their children.

Posted by: Jenniferwriter | November 21, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I attended GDS and was hoping they would pick my alma mater. But Sidwell is obviously a great choice and I just don't get any of the criticism. You don't take chances with your kids. And I am not talking about the "security issue" which I find to be a bogus argument. Public schools are probably more secure than alot of the private schools. I know when I was at GDS (the 90s) there was never some heavy presence of security, in fact probably the opposite, but I never felt uneasy as a student. Face it, "security" is a proxy to make it somehow seem more PC to avoid some of the negative social issues that are much more prevalent in the public schools. But it doesn't have to be politically correct when it comes to your kids. You should do what is best for your kids with whatever resources that you have. And you should be unapologetic about doing so.

Posted by: FormerGDSer | November 21, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

No private school in its right mind would make a president's kid take an entrance exam or turn down a president's kid because they've already met the class quota size. Think about it.

Posted by: ScoutieDog | November 21, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Props to Barrack and Michelle Obama for determining and doing what is best for their children, rather than choosing a school for them based upon projecting an absurdly false image, purely for the sake of his politics and in no way for the benefit of his daughters, that the children of the President of the United States are situated no differently than the average DC public school attendee. They just are not, for too many reasons to list. My guess is that most people in the United States will respect the Obamas for being realistic, practical, and good all around parents, by sending their girls to a place where they will be safe, be happy, and be and be treated pretty much just like their classmates. Rather than have the Secret Service have to turn a couple of local public schools into armed camps to protect two particular students for whom I think it would be nearly impossible to ever feel that they were being treated anything like their classmates. More likely they would feel they were the center not only of undue attention, but of general disruption to the normal functioning of the school. By all accounts I have ever seen, Chelsea Clinton's time at Sidwell was happy and nondisruptive for all involved. I was in DC for Amy Carter's time at Stevens School, too. Perhaps I am wrong, but that seemed more like circus and a constant photo op than halcyon days as young school girl, as Amy should have had, if her interests, not political image, were put first. I truly think the Obamas will get more votes for being good parents, and good examples of what good parents are and do, than they would playing out some phony egalitarian public school drama.

Posted by: anonymous88 | November 21, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

As a graduate of Sidwell, undoubtedly I was in class with children of the 'elite'.

Yet, I think it is a reflection of our celebrity-hungry and overly critical society that we place so much emphasis on students' parents. My brother and I have been at Sidwell for more than ten years. I had no idea that Joe Biden's grandchildren or the children of other prominent politicians attend SFS. Day-to-day, we did not focus on whose parents were more powerful. In fact, it is almost inappropriate and bad etiquette to question each other what job your parents' hold. Most people are humble with simple answers such as "lawyer" or "writer" or "receptionist".

Sidwell stresses equality, diversity and sustainability. I strongly value my education at SFS. What I took away was not a long list of notable parents. I gained the ability to think critically, analytically and holistically. The Obama children will not get any special treatment in terms of their education. It would be against the mission of the school.

Posted by: SFS07 | November 21, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what the fuss about sending Obama sending his children to a private school. They already were sending their children to a private school before.
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Because everything the Obamas do is worthy of front page news.

Seriously, did anyone really expect a wealthy couple (and they ARE wealthy, not Kennedy wealthy, but still) to send their kids to PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

Posted by: NoneoftheAbove08 | November 21, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

anonymous88 is correct from what I remember of Amy Carter's time at school. By all accounts she was pretty lonely and unhappy. Fortunately the Obama girls have each other, as well as the Biden granddaughter mentioned. Friends are important, and not the sort who only like you because of who your father is.

Posted by: TomJx | November 21, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, no-one seems to want to address the issue of Mr. Obama working to allow other parents of "lesser" means to have a choice of where they send their kids to school. If Mr. Obama opposes school-choice legislation while his little darlings are safely ensconced at Sidwell Friends, the hypocrisy of his actions will be obvious.

Posted by: jshay | November 21, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Those who complain about the girls going to a private school are being ridiculous. It's a personal decision and none of our freaking business how they raise their children.

Posted by: PGirl | November 21, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

To all you idiots on here criticizing Obama for sending his children to Sidwell.....I guarantee that you don't live in DC and if you did you would not send your kids to DC public schools. You are all completely out of touch and stupid if you don't realize that not only would it be a unsafe, it is impractical. I highly you doubt you would have been all over Bush if the twins were younger and had been sent to Sidwell (which I guarantee they would have). This decision has nothing to do with politics or the presidency....it is about what is in the best interests of the children.

Posted by: woman4Obama | November 21, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

I am not criticizing BO for sending his kids there....

(Notice this was announced on a FRIDAY? ... Politicians always drop bad news or other bits of information they don't want on the news on Friday.)

I AM criticizing him for opposing 'vouchers' that would allow poor and middle-class families to send their kids to a private school. The vouchers are worth LESS than what the DC system spends per child, so it would save the gov. money, allow poor kids to get out of the terrible DC system.

Again... as with most (rich) liberals, it's Do What I Say, NOT What I Do.

That's not CHANGE... it's just more of the same. Told ya so.

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

If he is against vouchers, or some other system that would allow poor kids to attend private schools... then he is a HYPOCRITE! 100%

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Excellent idea. It may be nice to be "democratic", but security for the protection of the children must come first. It would be a catastrophe if the children fell into the hands of kidnappers, blackmailers, or worse.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | November 21, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

LOL,, DC schools get the most tax $$ per PUBLIC students in the entire country,, and yes the schools SUCK,, the people of DC and the rest of America should be OUTRAGED!! B.O. doesn't get,, just like the rest of the Post boot lickers here saying its OK to go to private school if you can afford it,, YOU ARE PAYING for services that do not perform!! Hold them accoutable. I can afford private schools but keep my kids in public schools, my wife and I SUPPORT our local public schools,, WE PAID for it,, the goverment should deliver!! Will the Post question why B.O. shouldnt work to make the D.C. and all our schools better!! O.M.G. people WAKE UP this is YOUR country at stake!! Or is it more of the SAME!!

Posted by: robof4 | November 21, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

You folks that hate everything and all OBAMA should just go and kick rocks. Your opinions as of now are irrelevant.

The OBAMA's need to send their children to private school, especial one where it seems more safe when it comes to security and such.

Again. Your opinions are no better then a wet fart. Get over the election or just simply step aside and watch history in the damn making.

Posted by: llewis40 | November 21, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

llewis said: "Your opinions as of now are irrelevant."

That's right!
Now that Obama is elected, the man-child massiah will not allow anyone to dissent!

Funny, I thought dissent was PATRIOTIC... at least it was while Bush was in office.

Funny how that works.

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

llewis also said: "Again. Your opinions are no better then a wet fart."

Wow... now THAT'S bringing people together!

I thought we were going to have CHANGE where everyone would come together.

I thought not.

As usual.... told you so.
Libs are the least tolerant. llewis just proves the point. Idiot.

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the King Obama and his princess children are above the muck of DC. Of course they will go to an exclusive and costly private school - and of course they would not mix with the people in the hood.

Come on - the King is coming to town - the commoners need to worship him, not mingle with him! Get ready for 8 years of hero worhip!

Posted by: mgd1 | November 21, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Should have sent them to public school...


The DC school district is a joke....

Norton, and Fenty should both resign..

I dare the WaPo to take interior pictures of any school in the district not named Wilson High School, Georgetown Day, or Sidwell Friends...

We are talking about conditions worse than Walter Reed.

Posted by: -CMAC- | November 21, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Mike OLeary said: "If you have the money and the contacts, you send your kids to the best possible school you can."

You bet your bottom dollar!
The complaint is not that his kids are going to a good school... it's that he has voted against vouchers (or other means) to allow poor and middle-class kids to have a chance at going to a better school.

CHANGE! (NOT!)

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

mgd said: "Get ready for 8 years of hero worhip!"

Nah... We'll make it 4.
As soon as people figure out he's just another politician and can't really do all the things he promised, they'll stay home in 2012.

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Having suffered throughout life from the emotional damage wrought by even the "good" Washington public schools, I respect the Obamas' concern for their daughters in placing them in Sidwell Friends. I am sorry to hear that school has become so huge---and so ridiculously expensive--though.

Posted by: friedman1 | November 21, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I think this choice is great. Sidwell is fabulous, and security should not be a problem.

Posted by: sentheru | November 21, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

happychap said: "We are three students at Sidwell, and we can say first hand that it is an absolutely incredible place."

Good for you. Glad your parents had the money.

Too bad B.O. won't allow vouchers (evern experimental vouchers) to be had that would allow Non-Rich people to go there.

There's a word for that.... Ummm..... Ummm...

Oh yeah... HYPOCRITE!

Posted by: ster411 | November 21, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I both voted for Obama and grew up in the DC area. That background, though, just makes this decision all the sadder for me. As long as DC's elite, many of whom are government officials, are pulling their children out of our public schools, there will never be a complete and emphatic push to fix DCPS. Sure, we can hope for the best for Michelle Rhee, but when most of the children attending DC schools are too poor and disadvantaged to have a voice, her efforts will only be sidestories and human interest pieces in national media. If our elected officials would only invest in our school system and put their kids in schools alongside the children of parents who have no choice in where their kids go to school, maybe we'd see more care for Pre-K funding, more thought about charter school legislation and more money for No Child Left Behind. But as long as they are putting their kids in private school, they are disconnected on yet another level from the world of most Americans.

Posted by: empsg59 | November 21, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

dang! now that's a LOT of change.

as the song goes: ".... he's not going to change things, nor rearrange things, no - he's just a cheap imitation of the clintons..."

Posted by: regentrifydc | November 21, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it again. There is not one blogger, not one, that has any knowledge of what is best for the children of the President of the United States. If you did, you couldn't blog for security reasons! Get over it! The Obamas are parents too! They made the choice that was BEST for their children! They may be the first family elect but the children do not belong to America. GET OVER IT!

Posted by: candycane1 | November 21, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Jim Carter's kid went to public school why not Obama's?

The security situation is the same public or private school. A kid, in a room, in a building. Making it a kid, in a room full of rich kids, in a rich building does not improve the security in any way. It is exactly the same situation.

Posted by: edpell | November 22, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

empsg59 had it right, until Washington's wealthy hold the DC public schools to a standard high enough for their kids, nothing will really change. And until everyone holds themselves and their actions/words to a higher standard, and actually respect one another, nothing will change...or it will change, and just get worse, as it already has.

I have lived all over the US and no area is more elitist than here. People need to put their egos away, CHANGE YOURSELF FIRST.

Posted by: tryingtobeagoodhuman | November 24, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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