First Daughters to First Daughters

The Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara, first set foot in the White House when granddad George Sr. was elected president in 1989. The girls were just 7 years old then, and their wonder at the mansion--its beauty, welcoming staff and rich history--is apparent in an open letter they've written to Malia and Sasha Obama.

The letter, published in the Wall Street Journal, advises the Obama girls on the finer points of White House life--sliding down the banister in the solarium, trick-or-treating down the aisle of Air Force One, playing sardines (a variation of hide-and-go-seek) on the grounds. If you're a kid, that is. (We're assuming the President himself doesn't slide down any banisters, but you never know. His job gets stressful sometimes.) They offer a sneak preview of what the Obama girls will experience at Christmas, when the White House is decked out for the season, and advise them to take full advantage of the unique opportunities they'll have.

The twins write, "Go to anything and everything you possibly can: the Kennedy Center for theater, State Dinners, Christmas parties (the White House staff party is our favorite!), museum openings, arrival ceremonies, and walks around the monuments. Just go."

The letter ends on a more somber note, with the twins reminding the Obama girls to keep sight of whom their father really is, and that aside from outside perceptions of the commander in chief, he's their dad, first and foremost.

To hear Jenna and Barbara read their letter to Malia and Sasha, check out this clip from the Today show:


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