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In People Magazine Obama's Girls Have Manners

Just Like Reagan's Kids! Obama's Girls Are Featured in People

The more things change, the more they stay the same, huh? This week in history, waaaayyy back in 1980, then-presidential candidate Ronald Reagan's children were featured in People magazine — fast-forward to 2008, and while Obama is in Israel meeting with top Israeli and Palestinian leaders on his plans for containing the nuclear threat from Iran and building peace in the Middle East, his daughters are getting their time in the mag.

In the Reagan kids' profile (which has a hilariously vintage feel) daughter Patti scandalously admitted to the question of whether she would vote for her dad, "gee, uh, I don't know — maybe I wouldn't vote for anybody. I'm really kind of antipolitical. I just get the newspaper and turn to the comics." Gee? Too good. In the profile, Patti, 27, was living at home "until I can find a new apartment."

Michael on the other hand was fully engaged as a campaigner for his dad, despite that his age (35) made his dad look ancient — and scandalous with his blended family. He said, "I suppose it makes Dad look old, having older children. Headquarters may feel it's embarrassing if Maureen and I are in the forefront, and the real kids [the two by Nancy] are not. Sometimes I've felt like I was fighting to volunteer."

And this! After talking about Ron's love of ballet, the piece included the quote from dad, "he's all man—we made sure of that," and the article goes on to say, "in fact, young Reagan seems thoroughly heterosexual." Oh, 1980. You're so cute!

All in all, it's kind of a shock to see how unmuzzled the kids were during the campaign — not produced in the least.

Though the Obama girls are decidedly younger than their Reagan predecessors, they gave out the goods, too. To see what they said,


The magazine said that the girls have a "youthful zeal" and "manners" and though there was no talk of ballet; Sasha takes tap and gymnastics to Malia's soccer and drama.

They have to make their own beds, mom says, "doesn't have to look good, just throw the sheet over it," and the big rule, "no whining, arguing, or annoying teasing." Moooooooommm! What fun is that?

For chores, the girls get $1 a week, which dad has to pay back wages on sometimes, "I'm out of town for weeks at a time, so Malia will say, 'Hey you owe me for 10 weeks.'" All in all, Obama says the girls "have a wonderful life in Chicago. So I'm sure there's a part of them that won't be heartbroken if things don't work out."


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