First Kids Are Kids First

McCain, Obama clans will follow many who've used White House as playground
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2008 5:23 PM CDT
In this Dec. 6, 2007 file photo Meghan McCain, left, daughter of Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., listens to her father's speech in Stratham, N.H.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Whether the Obama girls or the McCain brood move into the White House next, all eyes will be on the new presidential offspring. Saturday Night Live's infamous dig at 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush's public underage drinking are reminders that nothing, from braces to boyfriends, escapes the spotlight. Some First Kid highlights from AP:

  • Alice Roosevelt's antics drove dad Teddy up a wall. "I can do one of two things," he said. "I can be president of the United States, or I can control Alice."
  • Caroline Kennedy, when asked what her dad was up to, replied, "Oh, he's upstairs with his shoes and socks off, not doing anything."
  • Susan Ford famously slipped her Secret Service detail to scavenge the streets of DC unaccompanied.
  • Amy Carter, age 9 when her father was elected, brought a book to a state dinner. She did not attend another.
  • Tad Lincoln once interrupted a White House tour his mother was giving—by barreling in on a chair towed by two goats.