Sasha and Malia Obama coy about Dad’s presents
Sasha and Malia Obama are keeping quiet about what they’ve got their father for Christmas, who has publicly complained that the rule in their household is that he gives the best gifts.
“It’s something he likes,” Sasha, his youngest daughter, said during a visit with her mother to the Childrens’ National Medical Center in Washington. First lady Michelle Obama confided that she was giving him “sports stuff.”
Michelle and the girls together with the first dog Bo visited the center in keeping with longstanding White House tradition and met afterward with some of the children, who wanted to know how many Christmas trees there were in the White House.
This proved a tricky one, with Michelle appealing to her staff for help before Sasha informed everyone that it was 26, although elder sister Malia pointed out that “unfortunately, you don’t get presents under all of them.”
Among these many trees is a special one for wishes introduced by the Obamas as they celebrate their first Christmas at the White House.
“It is made out of cardboard. And so you can write down a wish and you roll it up and then you can put it one of the holes and it might come true,” Sasha told the kids.
The other thing that everyone wanted to know was whether this Christmas was going to be very different than holidays in the past.
“Well, it will be easier to get on the plane,” said Sasha, nodding to the fact that travel is a lot simpler when you fly on Air Force One.
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