Obama Girls Start School

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After much ado about public vs. private and tony vs. progressive, the First Kids are set to start classes at Sidwell Friends School this Monday. (FYI: It's all of the above save the public part.)

Changing schools in the middle of the year is tough, changing schools without the benefit of your big (or little) sister in the same building is even tougher.

Sasha and Malia Obama

    Malia and Sasha's Excellent Adventure
    Malia, 10 (right) and Natasha "Sasha," 7, wave to the crowd at the 2008 election night rally in Chicago. Politics are child's play to these sweethearts, and we can't wait to see them come into their own.

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    Sasha and Malia, kissing her mother Michelle, get ready for the first day of school in Washington, DC, as President-elect looks on. The Obama family are staying at the Hay Adams Hotel prior to their move into the White House.

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    US President-elect Barack Obama orders shave ice treats with his daughter Malia and Sasha during an afternoon outing in December 2008 in Hawai'i Kai, HI.

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    The girls kept it casual on their Hawaiian vacation, enjoying days at the beach with friends and shaved ice treats and a dolphin show with their dad.

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    Malia gives Barack Obama a big hug -- followed by one from Sasha -- at the Honolulu Zoo on December 30, 2008.

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    Sasha (left) and Malia Obama stayed in Chicago for Thanksgiving 2008, squeezing in some volunteer work with their dad at a food bank at St. Columbanus Parish and School. The President-elect said he wants the girls "to learn the importance of how fortunate they are, and to make sure they're giving back."

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    Sasha and Malia walk to school in Chicago after their father dropped them off in November 2008. Sasha takes gymnastics and tap classes while it's soccer, dance, drama and (by the looks of the case) flute for Malia.

    Charles Dharapak, AP

    The Obama family wave during a rally at the Ohio State House in Columbus, OH, two days prior to Barack's historic election to the White House.

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    The Obama clan leave a restaurant in Chicago in August 2008. We know where the President-elect stands on taxes and bailouts, but about comfort food vs cuisine?

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    Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, take the stage during a May 2008 rally near the Iowa state capitol building in Des Moines.

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With campuses in two locations -- the lower school is in the suburbs of Bethesda and the upper grades in northwest DC -- it doesn't look like second-grader Sasha will be with fifth-grader Malia.

The hardest part, we fear, is that these two sweet and poised girls will live the next four, eight or more years under the microscope of a collective mind with a seemingly unquenchable jones for schadenfreude. Though presidential kids generally escape the curse of the childhood spotlight, let's not overlook the public service of remembering that Malia and Sasha are just kids and allow them to grow up "normal."

Just how would you advise the Obamas do that?

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