For Malia and Sasha, Some Cousinly Advice
Barack Obama has his team of advisers, so why shouldn't Malia and Sasha? Their cousin Leslie Robinson, 11, is helping the future first daughters prepare for the big move to Washington.
Unlike the Obama girls, who've lived in Chicago's cozy Hyde Park neighborhood since they were born, Leslie has pulled up stakes twice in the last three years -- from Chicago to Rhode Island, and then Rhode Island to Oregon where her dad (Michelle Obama's brother) coaches men's basketball at Oregon State University.
"It was initially very hard for my kids, specifically for my daughter, to move from Chicago to Rhode Island," Craig Robinson told our colleague Kevin Merida. "Now she's helping her cousins go through the same thing. And my sister has enlisted my daughter to talk to them and use the examples of them to help their daughters through it, specifically Malia," who's 10; Sasha is 7.
Robinson said most of the advice centers on changing schools, or missing their old bedrooms and friends -- and he's hoping his nieces will say, "Well, Leslie did it, so I can do it." Guess we know who's getting the first invite for a White House sleepover.
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