Obama Girls Take Paris

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In 1962, President John Kennedy went to France, where he introduced himself by saying, "I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris." Barack Obama may very well find himself using some version of Kennedy's quip this weekend: He's taking daughters Malia and Sasha on their first official White House trip abroad and we're sure that while the French will be happy to see the President and First Lady again, they'll be more excited about the First Kids.

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    The First Family (shown here arriving in Chicago in February) are jetting off to France. This will be Sasha and Malia's first official trip abroad since moving into the White House.

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    Malia Obama walks First Dog Bo on the White House Grounds in April of 2009.

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    Just days after the inauguration, the makers of Beanie Babies introduced "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia." Now they're valued at over $3,000 for the pair.

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    A boy sneaks a photo of Sasha and Malia as they watch their mom speak to 6th and 7th grade school children from around Washington, DC, in February 2008.

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    Sasha Obama runs down the colonnade as she returns to the White House after a February 2009 weekend visit to Chicago.

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    President Obama took a night off from running the nation to hang out with the family and watch the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform at the Kennedy Center.

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

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    Sasha laughs with her father President Barack Obama following his inaugural address.

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Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, finished school at Sidwell Friends on Thursday; today, they're jetting off to meet their parents in France. The Obamas will be visiting the cliffs of Normandy to mark the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The President will return to Washington on Sunday, but the girls are going on to Paris with the First Lady and the three will stay into next week. The White House is not releasing any information about the family's sightseeing plans, saying only that this is a private family trip.

While this is their first big journey since their father became President, it's not the first trip abroad for Malia and Sasha; they went to Kenya with their parents in 2006. They've never been to Europe, though, and we imagine they're pretty excited.

The trip comes at a perfect time; school is out for the summer, and Sasha Obama is turning 8 next week. And what a way to kick off summer, with a girls weekend in Paris with Mom!

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