Obama Girls Will Keep Chores: Mom

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2008 7:03 PM CST
Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha, 7, Malia, 10, and the president-elect distribute turkeys at a Chicago food bank.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Barack and Michelle Obama say their young daughters will still have to do chores in the White House and won't get out of doing homework just because they're the president's children. In an interview with Barbara Walters airing tonight, the Obamas said Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, will have lives as normal as possible. That means helping out around the house.

"That was the first thing I said to some of the staff when I did my visit," Michelle Obama said. "I said, 'You know, we're going to have to set up some boundaries,' because they're going to need to be able to make their beds, and clean up." Malia, meanwhile, has her eye on a special spot to do homework. She told her dad that she plans to work at the desk in the Lincoln bedroom "because I'm thinking that will inspire big thoughts."