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."