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Obama's Daughters

Updated on August 29, 2017

America Loves a Young Family in the White House.

Can you image what it would be like to stand next to your parents and watch them mark ballots that select your father for the Presidency of the United States?

I first remember when Caroline and John-John were in the White House. I was 12. I was for Nixon and very upset that their Dad won the election. However, I also had a Dad who I looked up to as if he were the most powerful man in the world, thus I felt an affinity and fascination with them. Today Dad is 91 and living with me, but still magnificent. I think this is part of what makes these girls interest me. They are also older, and as we have already seen, with strong personalities of their own.

It seems that while Malia, 10, Sasha, 7, are young girls they are uniquely qualified to be the country's 'First Daughters'. They have opinions of their own, express themselves well and have excellent judgment. But they are still, just little girls, really.

"This isn't a Hilton hotel, is it?" he said his 10-year-old daughter, Malia, will ask as the family tours the country - because the little one keeps up with the news and does not approve of Paris Hilton, he says.

Well, it seems that these little girls are savvy and know what they want and don't want. Sasha has complained about adds that insinuate a girl friend for her Dad, and in no uncertain terms, "He already has a wife"! Malia doesn't approve of the Paris Hilton life and expresses this in her preferences.

Don't MIss This Video of Girls Talking to Dad in Front of the Democratic Convention

I for one will enjoy watching them grow up. I will probably want to know more than I have a right to. I will also settle for what information their parents decide is appropriate for us to know.

God Bless them and their parents!

Malia and Sasha Celebrate With The World

Malia and Sasha Celebrate With The World
Malia and Sasha Celebrate With The World

Meet the Obamas!

A charming interview with the President elect, his wife and their two daughters.

We learn that there will be girly sleep overs in the White House, that the parents don't like whining or fighting and that he isn't an ice cream fan. Out of the mouths' of babes!

Sasha Obama Approves of Dad After Inaural Speech

Sasha Obama Approves of Dad After Inaural Speech
Sasha Obama Approves of Dad After Inaural Speech

Malia Obama Makes Her Own Record of Presidential History and Her Future Career

Malia Obama Makes Her Own Record of Presidential History and Her Future Career
Malia Obama Makes Her Own Record of Presidential History and Her Future Career

Pitfalls for the Obama Family

And what must it be like having your parents' lives, and yours, considered to be public property. People make videos and write songs with lines like this: " "I Got A Crush On Obama" stars an aspiring model and actress named Amber Lee Ettinger, aka Obama Girl. Her song, which has lines like "Universal health care reform, it makes me warm," has gotten more than 3 million hits and nearly 10,000 comments since being posted two months ago on YouTube, the online video-sharing site."

Well, the littler one spoke up, "Sasha asked Mommy about it," Obama said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. "She said, 'Daddy already has a wife' or something like that."

Remember These Are Little Girls

Years ago Rush Limbaugh thought he could make a crack about the then 13 year old Chelsea Clinton, calling her the new White House Dog. Even his ditto heads got on him about that one. However, we all know that these girls will be up for public scrutiny. People will poke at little things, and sometimes just give them too much praise and attention making it a challenge for their parents to keep them grounded.

What are the limits here?

When I was little and my parents ran their newspapers, Arrowsmith Printing I was a little bit of the center of attention in a tiny town in Iowa. I know what it is like to have your parents admired and criticised for things I didn't understand, yet absorbed. It isn't east, but it is also exciting.

Barack Obama and Daughters

Barack Obama and Daughters
Barack Obama and Daughters

The Beanie Baby People Are Saying That This Was a Coicidence.

They have two new beenie babies, dark skinned human girls one named Sasha, the little one, I believe, and the other one Malia. When Mis Obama spoke out about this in no uncertain terms, the company insists that those were just two pretty names.

Now, I am not going to ask who believes them, because that would be insulting. What I am going to ask it this....

Michelle Obama wins: Dolls names have been changed from Sasha and Malia to Sidney and Mariah! YOU GO GIRL

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What Do You Think?

The Obama Family Makes History, Together

The Obama Family Makes History, Together
The Obama Family Makes History, Together

Obama Girls Security Names Chosen

Malia is Radiance and Sasha is Rosebud.

Dad and Mom are Renegade and Renaissance, respectively.

I have always wondered if making these names public wasn't a problem, but the Secret Service isn't an agency I am going to second guess.

Whoever thought of the names, I think they are perfect!

Just the Kids

I have kept this lens to young and preteens after 1975. I am not talking about the Bush girls who were adults when their father was in office or other older offspring.

Amy Carter, the Last Pre Teen in The White House

Amy Carter was in the White House for 4 years, from 5 5 to 9. She was much younger than her older brothers, an only child in some ways. She was fairly well protected, but the country enjoyed her.

She grew up to be a political activist involved in protests and criticism of American foreign policy.

In 1995 she illustrated a children's book, The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer which was written by her father, President Jimmy Carter.

She is currently married with a son, Hugo and lives quietly with little political involvement.

Malia and Sasha Have a Soccer Dad

Chelsea Clinton Got Flak and Overcame It

Shortly after Bill Clinton was elected Hillary met with Jackie Kennedy for advice about raising good kids in the White House.

However, Rush Limbaugh was soon calling her the White House dog. Even his ditto heads gave him a hard time about that. What must that have been like for a 13 year old girl?

She has grown into a successful young woman. She has graduated from Stanford and has had some great jobs. There have been no scandals or legal problems, she supported her mother in her bid for the presidency.

This picture was captioned "Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly?" These kinds sentiments were not just written by bloggers, but by such 'notable' people as Rush Limbaugh.

Dad Cries As He Realizes That Malia Is Growing Up

Caroline and John Kennedy

John-John was still in the womb when his daddy was elected, his sister, Caroline was just three. Their stay there was cut short by a national tragedy, but will the nation ever forget seeing two toddlers playing in the oval office?

John grew up to be People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. Caroline is much more private, but has an illustrious career in public service. Caroline Kennedy: The Quiet Hero

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Books, Shirts, Buttons and All Things Obama!

There is even an action figure!

President Barack Obama - Advanced Graphics Life Size Cardboard Standup
President Barack Obama - Advanced Graphics Life Size Cardboard Standup

There is not a politician around that can't be bought! Show your support for Barack Obama. This life size stand up is made of cardboard and easy to assemble.

 
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Nine years before the Senate campaign that made him one of the most influential and compelling voices in American politics, Barack Obama published this lyrical, unsentimental, and powerfully affecting memoir, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller when it was reissued in 2004. Dreams from My Father tells the story of Obama’s struggle to understand the forces that shaped him as the son of a black African father and white American mother—a struggle that takes him from the American h...

 
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage)
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage)

“A government that truly represents these Americans–that truly serves these Americans–will require a different kind of politics. That politics will need to reflect our lives as they are actually lived. It won’t be pre-packaged, ready to pull off the shelf. It will have to be constructed from the best of our traditions and will have to account for the darker aspects of our past. We will need to understand just how we got to this place, this land of warring factions and tribal....

 
Biography - Barack Obama
Biography - Barack Obama

When he called himself "a skinny kid with a funny name" at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his political star was already on the rise. By the time he decimated the competition in 2004 race for the Illinois Senate, he was the bona fide golden child of a Democratic party desperately in need of a winner. In many ways, the story of Barack Obama is a uniquely American tale of the 21st century, where racial lines are blurry and the most interesting chapter is just beginning.

 
Jailbreak Toys Barack Obama Action Figure. 6"
Jailbreak Toys Barack Obama Action Figure. 6"

Like countless others out there, we've been inspired by the meteoric rise of Barack Obama and his campaign. In a time when America so desperately needed a hero, along came a man to show us a brand new vision of what America and the world could be in the 21st century. In many ways, Obama is the closest thing we've ever seen to a superhero... someone who has literally inspired millions of people simultaneously to step past fear, to be brave enough to hope and to go past cynicism and imagine what w...

 

A Younger Family

A Younger Family
A Younger Family

Sasha Obama

Sasha Obama
Sasha Obama

Malia Obama and Dad

Malia Obama and Dad
Malia Obama and Dad

What Are the Limits on "First Offspring"?

There are people who clearly think that anything goes. Rush Limbaugh made fun of 13 year old Chelsea Clinton and someone thought it was ok to have porn of the Obama girls on the internet. Both of those are way over the top, but what are the limits? is it ok to publicize the legal problems the Bush twins had (that was brief and they are doing well now) because they were older or not?

Where are the limits? I want to hear that from you.

BTW, both of my options are extremes, since I only have two. Just pick the one that is closest and fill in your thoughts Thanks!

What Should We Know About

I would love to hear your wishes for these girls along with what you think of this lens. Stars always welcome!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really a wonderful experience to see the kids grow up to become great citizens. I love Amy Carter and Obama's girls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a fresh angel blessing....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such adorable daughters. Real happiness finds in Obama's family. When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      they seem like a very sweet family. i wish them well; the pressure is so intense.

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      They are so sweet.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Congrats on the purple star on this lens!

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      People do like having a family in the White House, don't they? It must be something amazing for those kids to live through as presidents kids too!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I appreciate the Obama family's need to try to keep the girls' lives normal, but I also have a great desire to hear more about these delightful children in the White House.

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      Lovely family

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was here over a year ago already and am returning to lensroll this to my African American Coloring Pages & Books lens. Thank you once again!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very enjoyable lens and full of inspiration. Obama is a man of character and so are his daughters.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Beautiful lens, and beautiful girls.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens, Margo, and I learn a bit more about you each time, which is very nice. I am featuring this on Motivation.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      As parents, the Obamas seem to be doing a great job raising 2 young children under so much public attention...I think it takes some strong kids to grow up in that house. The doll thing had me rolling my eyes but whatever...maybe it's cause I'm Canadian...p.s. i agree with you about the secret.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens! Great information. Your readers might also be interested in discount luxury hotels and luxury hotels information. Feel free to visit and leave a feedback!

      Good luck!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      What a wonderful 5* lens Margo! The Obama girls are adorable, the parents interaction and how well mannered the girls are, that should speak for itself...I'm impressed.

      As for Rush he has a problem, he spews hatred, he has issues. Nowadays on the internet (YouTube or blogs) hiding behind false identities makes it easy to say hateful and disgusting things about each other...jealousy can bring out the worst. Never have I experienced an election and Presidency with so much hatred and untruths from opponents...guess that's our Freedom of Speech...The Obama girls are well grounded and will come out of this just fine. I could go on but it won't change a thing, so came by to drop off a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The Childrens and Parenting Group that this lens belonged to has survived all the recent changes on Squidoo and is now a Lensography. This lens is now featured at Children and Parenting HQ.

      And of course this visit gives me the chance to Bless this excellent lens.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      That was no coincidence by the Beanie babies! What an honor it is to be the 'first' family children.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Am just revisiting the lenses in the Children and Parenting Group to say what a great selection of lenses we have on there and I am really pleased this is one of them! There's agreat YouTube video showing Obama talking about being a Dad and I have put it on my Father';s Day lens. Lensrolled to that and Blessed by an Angel.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      Interesting about the beanie babies....I had no clue that happened (I must not get out much...lol)

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      OMG I hadn't seen the videoclip from girls' soccer game...the part where Michele makes Barack put away his B-berry is priceless. Very nice lens on the girls, 5**** and lensrolled. I hope these kiddos just stay grounded and healthy, and I think they will.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      excellent lens...5 stars!

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      Delightful info. 5* and lensroll to my President Obama - 44th President of USA .

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      julcal 8 years ago

      Margo, this is like a new lens! Great new photos! congrats on your top 100 rating in People!

      ~ Julie

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      Lou165 8 years ago from Australia

      Great lens, I think having a young family in the White House will be a great thing for the world. It doesn't matter what decent folks think though, someone somewhere will be making comments about everything those precious girls do because they'll hide behind their 'freedom of speech.' Luckily I think that Michelle Obama has raised some strong personalities and will help them deal with anything that gets thrown their way.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      Having the mother-in-law there to keep the girls "focused" is probably a good thing. It is hard to be raised in a fish tank with everyone watching everything you do. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      Hi Margo: I didn't realize people made nasty comments about Chelsea's looks, that's just wrong. I hope Sasha and Malia are able to grow up without the public interfering too much in their lives. Great lens :-)

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I think the Obama's are singularly strong minded and strong willed people and I am sure will instill the same qualities in their daughters. They are not naïve or jaded individuals and knew what the consequences would be once they entered the Viper Room which the world of high political office. As for the girls, we will have to see ow they respond as they get older.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      It is so nice to have a young family in the White House. They personify an American renewal. :)

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      Paris17 LM 8 years ago

      Congratulations. This kind of information on the first family is wonderful! I lensrolled it and I'm featuring it on my The Aloha of Obama lens.

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      Compared to my own age (42) and the ages of his children compared to mine, his children are so young. My youngest child is 12 but my oldest is 25. To me though, he looks a lot younger than 47.

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      julcal 8 years ago

      Great lens as always, Margo ! *****

      ~ Julie

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Margo, here is my 'real' comment on your lens. I did not have time the first time I visited to really check it out. I do feel sorry for the Obama girls and hope their families can do something to protect them. I think you have created a very nice lens on the topic.

      Brenda

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      Congratulations on LOD for this lovely lens. I'm lenrolling it and featuring it on my 44th President of the United States: Barack Obama lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is well constructed and full of good information, Margo! :) Take a stand!

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      LOVE those darling Obama girl!

      FIVE STARS!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Nice lens on this topic.

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      Nice lens. Enjoyed looking and reading!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 9 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens very much! It is presented well and has a lot of diversity in terms of modules.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      really interesting blog..good job..

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You've done a real nice job on this, as usual. I love the way you write, too!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I think the girls should get a pony like Caroline. Native curly horses are very docile as well as being hypoallergenic. They don't look strange like hairless dogs.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      [in reply to aj2008] Well, that is a good idea, let me think about it. Thanks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      [in reply to Margo_Arrowsmith] As one of the people who has had a discussion with you about this Margo, I would like to say thank you for taking my views on board. I have a suggestion and that is why not make another lens about the topic you have removed? I for one would come and visit because I like the way you write and I like the way you put your lenses together. The topic is a very important one and I don't think we should not address it just because it is an uncomfortable one. If you make it R-rated then I think that will encourage a good debate, without parents having to worry about what their children may see.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I have had a suggested that the module on the man who used the girls names in a porn site be removed. I put it in because I think that it is important for people, even kids, to know about the dangers and pitfalls of the internet because I believe that that is how they are going to avoid them.

      However, as Seth Godin says, it doesn't matter if you think you are remarkable or right, the issue is that the customer think so.

      Someone suggested that this be an 'R' lens because of that. I disagree, but at this point not strongly enough to make an issue. When my grandson is old enough for us to be concerned (7 or 8) will may take a stand.

      I had put up a dual asking people what they thought. Most people didn't respond at all, no way to know why. But I promised that if enough people objected I would remove the module and I have. I do it regretfully, not because I think the module is any less interesting, but because I think the issue is important.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I will end by posting a response from one of the readers, one that I agree with strongly.

      Seed planter quoted someone saying, and I paraphrase as I lost the quote 'Evil needs nothing more than for good men to be silent'

      Thanks to everyone who responded and expressed their opinions and concerns.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very interesting lens Margo - welcome to the Children and Parenting Group.

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      seedplanter 9 years ago

      I have to say, I really liked this lens. I've admired the closeness of the Obamas since the beginning of the campaign. Their daughters are precious, and so very proud of their dad.

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      gia combs-ramirez 9 years ago from Montana

      [in reply to Margo_Arrowsmith] That was fast! I'm impressed. Adding my two cents worth in the duel.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      [in reply to Ener-G] Excellent point. When I get back later, I will do just that. I will give it time and if people think it should go, then it goes! I want to hear both sides!

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      gia combs-ramirez 9 years ago from Montana

      Love the lens. I particularly like the Menounos interview as it was done in Butte, Montana...just 2 hours from where I live. I had a question about bringing more awareness to the Pedophile's strange idea of Obama support...wouldn't it be better to ignore it completely, then to bring awareness to it? As they say in marketing...there is no such thing as bad press. Maybe, that's a good debate question!

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      I actually feel a little sorry for those girls - but I am sure that their parents took a great deal of time to decide whether it was the right thing to do.

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      inkserotica 9 years ago

      Interesting stuff and sadly so true :( 5 * Thanks for joining my Add one Lens Group

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      Nice work on this timely topic. I wish the girls lots of good luck and a little privacy.

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      JudyDunn 9 years ago

      Great lens. I think the Obama's are terrific parents from what I have seen. I am sure they will do everything they can to help the girls navigate the challenges ahead of them.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      The Obama girls are very close in ages to my own two daughters. My hope for these girls is that they get to live as normal of a life as possible. I hope that the press and the public gives them space.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I bet there are a lot of sacrifices for "First Family Kids". But the benefits are of course great, too. Fabulous lens, Margo. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      charlesgrimes 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens. I've linked it to my lens

      http://www.squidoo.com/michelle-obama-barack

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      My wish for these little girls is that they get to stay in the White House for eight years! And that their dad can solve some of our country's problems.