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Jenna & Barbara Bush Give White House Advice To Obama Girls

Malia and Sasha Obama got a few words of advice from Jenna and Barbara Bush about living in the White House in an open letter published on Tuesday.

George W. Bush's daughters were 7 years old -- the same age as Sasha -- when their grandfather, George H.W. Bush, was first sworn in.

See unedited excerpts from the letter below:


Sasha and Malia, we were seven when our beloved grandfather was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States. We also first saw the White House through the innocent, optimistic eyes of children. Sasha and Malia, here is some advice to you from two sisters who have stood where you will stand and who have lived where you will live:

- Surround yourself with loyal friends. They'll protect and calm you and join in on some of the fun, and appreciate the history.

- If you're traveling with your parents over Halloween, don't let it stop you from doing what you would normally do. Dress up in some imaginative, elaborate costume (if you are like us a pack of Juicy Fruit and a Vampiress) and trick-or-treat down the plane aisle.

- If you ever need a hug, go find Ramsey. If you want to talk football, look for Buddy. And, if you just need a smile, look for "Smiley."

- And, a note on White House puppies--our sweet puppy Spot was nursed on the lawn of the White House. And then of course, there's Barney, who most recently bit a reporter. Cherish your animals because sometimes you'll need the quiet comfort that only animals can provide.

- Slide down the banister of the solarium, go to T-ball games, have swimming parties, and play Sardines on the White House lawn. Have fun and enjoy your childhood in such a magical place to live and play.

- When your dad throws out the first pitch for the Yankees, go to the game.

- In fact, 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. Four years goes by so fast, so absorb it all, enjoy it all!

When it was time, we left the White House. We said our goodbyes to her and to Washington. We weren't sure if we would spend time among her historical walls again, or ever walk the National Mall, admiring the cherry blossoms that resembled puffs of cotton candy. But we did return. This time we were 18. The White House welcomed us back and there is no doubt that it is a magical place at any age.

January 21, 2009 |

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