Sasha and Malia Get Advice From Bush Twins

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Outgoing presidents traditionally leave a note in the Oval Office for the new Commander-in-Chief. Jenna and Barbara Bush wrote their own letter to the incoming First Kids, giving them a few heartfelt pointers on how to enjoy their new life in a "magical place" called the White House.

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    So what should Sasha and Malia Obama do when they move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Jenna and Barbara Bush share their advice, including "Four years goes by so fast, so absorb it all, enjoy it all!"

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    Congratulations First Family! All eyes were on Barack and Michelle Obama as he made history as #44 and America's first black president. We at ParentDish are starstruck by Malia and Sasha, who have joined a most exclusive club of toddlers, children, teens and young adults: All the President's Children.

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    Sasha Obama is playful after taking her seat .

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    The Obama girls were easy, breezy and totally adorable on their father's inauguration day. Malia, 10, wore a double-breasted periwinkle-blue coat with a blue-ribbon tied in a bow at the waist. Seven-year-old Sasha wore a matching outfit in pinks and corals; both coats were from Crewcuts by J. Crew.

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    US President Barack Obama greets daughter Sasha during the inaugural ceremony at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2009.

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    Sasha gives her father the thumbs up following the presidential oath.

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    Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia watch as President George W. Bush walks by during the inauguration of Barack Obama.

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    Barack H. Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States as his wife Michelle holds the Bible -- last used in Abraham Lincoln's inauguration -- and their daughters Malia and Sasha look on, on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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    George W Bush takes the oath for his second term in 2005, as his wife Laura and daughters Jenna and Barbara stand with him at the podium.

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    Former Vice President Dick Cheney and wife Lynne watch the 2005 inauguration, flanked by their youngest family members.

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Though Jenna and Barbara were 18 when their dad was elected president, they were only seven when Grandpa George H.W. Bush took office. That's Sasha's age. In their letter, they talk about favorite memories, including playing hide-and-seek in the historic house, staging plays in the grand ballroom, studying in the quiet East Sitting Hall and even meeting the Queen of England, all under the watchful eye of three loving White House ushers, Buddy (who loves football), Ramsey (good for a hug) and Smiley (when you need a laugh).

And don't forget to "slide down the banister of the solarium, go to T-ball games, have swimming parties, and play sardines on the White House lawn." (Anyone know how to play sardines?) It sounds like a dream come true.

But life as First Daughters won't be just fun and games, as the Bush twins are well aware. In all seriousness, their advice the boils down to the following:

  • Surround yourself with good friends.
  • Get a puppy.
  • Play. Play a lot.
  • Remember who your dad really is.

Sounds good; I'm going to share it with my own kids. Most of us will never know what it's like to even step foot in the White House, but if you had one piece of advice for the Obama girls, what would it be?

Would you take advice from the Bush twins?
Are you kidding?3868 (9.4%)
Only on this topic.7353 (17.8%)
Sure, they've come a long way.30107 (72.8%)

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