'What I Did Over Summer Break,' by Sasha, Malia

From Kremlin to Paris and slave port, first kids get quite an education
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2009 11:56 AM CDT
President Barack Obama arrives on the South Lawn of the White House with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia, left, and Sasha in Washington, Sunday, July 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Sasha and Malia Obama might not be in school, but their summer vacation has been anything but lazy—the girls have seen the Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, and Monticello as part of what the first lady calls “Camp Obama." And though there’s been plenty of fun, such as a recent Beyoncé concert, most activities have been educational and even somber, like a recent visit to a slave port in Ghana, the New York Times reports.

That trip was meant to teach the girls how “people were willing to degrade others because they appeared differently,” the president says. Still, not everyone appreciates the Obamas’ educational globe-trotting—Sen. Chuck Grassley knocked the president last month for his “nerve” in demanding Congress act quickly on health care and then going sightseeing in Paris.
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