Saturday, November 22, 2008

Public school is good enough for your children, but not good enough for Barack Obama's daughters

Obamas choose private school for daughters

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have chosen a private school in northwestern Washington, D.C., for their two daughters on Friday, where former President Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, has studied.

"A number of great schools were considered. In the end, the Obamas selected the school that was the best fit for what their daughters need right now," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama.

Obama's daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, would move to the capital with their parents from Chicago, Illinois, after his father is sworn in as the next president on Jan. 20.

The two girls "bring with them a number of security and privacy concerns that come with being part of the new first family -- and the school they've selected is positioned to appropriately accommodate that," said Lelyveld.

The Sidwell Friends School is chosen to take in Malia in the fifth grade and Sasha in the second grade, but the two would attend schools at different locations.

Lelyveld also said that the Obamas had taken public schools into consideration, but they still felt that a private school was in the best interest of their children.

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