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Kiddie parties and sleepovers at the White House?

The world seems to be happy to see Barack Obama in the White House. So am I. But I am also delighted to have a first family with little children – the first since the Kennedys, if I am not mistaken.

This reminds me of one of my favorite poems – Longfellow’s Children’s Hour – about a Daddy hearing from his study “the patter of little feet” and then taking “a pause in the day’s occupation” to play his little girls. I just hope Barack will have enough time for his own children’s hour.

I’ve always wondered how it would feel to be a child of the president. For the little girls Sasha and Malia, the transition won’t be easy – their faces will be known by everybody but they will probably be the most tightly guarded children on planet earth. Imagine having birthday parties, play dates and sleep overs at the White House. That would definitely give the Secret Service guys a headache – or a thrill.

For Michelle soon-to-be First Lady Obama, her family comes first. According to a write-up in The Guardian UK, she vows to remain “mom-in-chief” to her girls and puts her priority in “making sure my family is happy and settled” at the White House.

It takes a strong man to run a country. It takes a strong woman to stand beside him and keep the family together. To all of you, all the best.

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