Swing vote goes Obama girls' way
WASHINGTON - First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama got a big surprise after school yesterday: a brand-new swing set.
They squealed with delight upon seeing it, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama said.
President and Michelle Obama went to work while the girls were at school, arranging for the set to be installed on the south grounds of the White House within sight of the Oval Office, where their father spends plenty of time.
Late last year as the couple planned the family's move to Washington, they talked about ways to make the historic residence feel more like home for their girls, said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama.
Malia and Sasha, ages 10 and 7, had never lived anywhere but Chicago. "Many first families have made these sorts of changes to make the White House feel like home," McCormick Lelyveld said. "This one is like their little mark."
The Obamas paid for the swing set, which was made and installed by Rainbow Play Systems of Brookings, S.D.