Malia, Sasha Thrive in White House: Dad

First daughters 'unbelievably well-adjusted kids': President Obama
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2010 2:12 PM CDT
Malia Obama sees family dog Bo and races ahead of President Obama and Sasha as the first family returns to the White House after their vacation in Hawaii Jan. 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Barack and Michelle Obama's determination to keep their daughters' daily routines as normal as life in the White House can be is paying off, the proud president says. "Malia and Sasha have just turned out to be unbelievably well-adjusted kids," Barack Obama said this morning on the Today show. "The thing that's most important to me is that they are so respectful of everybody and haven't gotten on any airs."

Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, are getting good grades at Sidwell Friends School and enjoying a little more freedom than tight security affords their parents. "They're not as constrained," Obama said. "Their Secret Service protection is a lot more low key." And as for tween rituals, they're the same on Pennsylvania Avenue as they would have been in Chicago, the president says: "Sometimes I've got 12 little girls screaming on the third floor of the White House."

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