Barack Obama's Daughters Will Help Keep (White) House

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You might think that being the daughter of the President of the United States is a pretty sweet deal. You get to live in one of the best known houses in the country, if not the world, you have a full staff to cook for you, and you never have to lift a finger to do any chores. Um, wait... Actually, that last one, you can cross it off the list.

It turns out that the Obama girls, Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven, will still have to do their chores even after they move into the White House. "They're going to need to be able to make their beds and clean up," Michelle Obama told White House staffers on a recent visit. "That was the first thing I said to some of the staff."

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    President-Elect Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and daughters Malia (L) and Sasha greet supporters gathered for a post-caucus celebration at the Hy-Vee Center January 3, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. According to early reports Obama has won the race in Iowa.

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    President-Elect Barack Obama and his two daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia listen to his wife Michelle introducing him during a family picnic during which he delivered a short speech in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on May 04, 2008.

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    Barack Obama stands with his wife Michelle (L) and daughters Malia Ann (2nd-L) and Natasha (R) during a rally at Lawrence North High School , May 3, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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    Barack Obama, his wife Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha (2nd R) and Malia, take the stage during a rally near the Iowa state captiol building May 20, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, wave during a rally at Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio, on November 02, 2008.

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As if that weren't enough, remember that puppy they were promised? They get to clean up after him too. "We've been talking to them about that," President-Elect Obama told Barbara Walters. "We don't want litter on the White House lawns. They're going to have to do their job."

I guess, in a way, this is a good thing -- when my kids start to complain about doing their chores, I can tell them that even in the White House, the Obama girls do their chores so why would they think they don't have to do theirs?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.