Obama Girls Join Exclusive White House Sorority

If predecessors are any sign, Malia and Sasha are in for 'a helluva good time'
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2008 11:53 AM CST
Among the perks of living in the White House is seeing daddy even on his busiest days.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – If Malia Obama sneaks a boy into the White House, it won’t be an action without precedent. The generations of girls who occupied what Margaret Truman billed “the Great White Jail” form a sort of underground society, Lauren Collins writes in the New Yorker. The Johnson sisters, for example, planted notes to welcome the Nixon ladies to the home where they surreptitiously entertained dates.

Michelle Obama’s mom, also moving to Washington, belongs to a historic sisterhood of her own—one of nagging mothers-in-law. President Eisenhower’s would habitually call her daughter from bed. President Truman’s famously called him a “dirt farmer.” No word on Barack Obama’s relationship with the soon-to-be First Granny, but the president-elect would do well to remember his own words: “We're all in this together.” (Read more Barack Obama stories.)