WASHINGTON--President elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle--based in their temporary home in the Hay Adams hotel--sent daughters Malia and Sasha off to their new school on Monday. While Obama headed t Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders, Michelle took Malia, 10, to the Sidwell Friends school in northwest Washington, down the street from the National Cathedral where she is in the fifth grade. Sasha, 7, in second grade, is at the lower school campus in Bethesda, Md.
The Obamas are trying to find a balance of guarding the privacy of their girls and realizing the enormous public interest in their kids. Towards that end, the Obama transition website, www,change.gov released a photo gallery Monday morning of the girls with their backpacks and the folks.