Tales from the Trail

Mom wants them to make their beds, but…

November 26, 2008

The Obama girls had other ideas during their first visit to the White House since their father was elected the next president of the United States. Aided and abetted by President George W. Bush’s daughters, Barbara and Jenna, Malia and Sasha Obama did a little bed jumping during their visit.

First Lady Laura Bush told the story ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday.

“It wasn’t the Lincoln Bedroom,” she explained. “It was another bedroom with a very tall bed that we usually put a step out for people to step into when they stay in that room. But instead the little girls did the running jump, and Barbara and Jenna of course aided and abetted that jumping.”

There are other ways for Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, to have fun after they move into the White House.

Bush said that a ramp in the solarium is really good for sliding on your bottom.

In a separate interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters to air Wednesday night, Michelle Obama had some other ideas for her daughters after they move into the White House on January 20.

She has a few White House chores in mind.

“We’re going to have to set up some boundaries because they’re going to need to be able to make their beds, they do that now, that’s going to be one of my goals,” she said.

The White House staff will be free to make mom and dad’s bed, but they will be told to “skip the kids. Let them make their own beds. They have to learn these things.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Ho New (Michelle Obama  meets Laura Bush at White House)

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