The Bush Twins Pen Encouragement-Filled Letter to Malia and Sasha Obama
Malia and Sasha Obama have spent some of the most formative years of their childhood under global spotlight. As their parents President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama are now preparing for life beyond the White House, so are they.
The transition will be an adjustment for the 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha, which is something that Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, twin daughters of former President George W. Bush, understand well.
The former First Children shared some advice with the Obama girls in an open letter published Wednesday in Time Magazine. As a divided nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, the bipartisan display of amity is refreshing.
“We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease,” Bush and Hager write. They encourage to Malia and Sasha to keep in touch with those who worked at the White House, like Secret Service agents.
“They were a part of growing up for us,” the twins write of their Secret Service, “there for first dates, first days and even an engagement and a honeymoon. We know it wasn’t always easy — the two of you and the two of us were teenagers trailed by men in backpacks — but they put their lives on hold for us.”
Bush and Hager also encouraged the Obama sisters to “explore your passions,” make “positive change,” and “enjoy college. As most of the world knows, we did.”
Yale alumna Bush went on to co-found Global Health Corps, where she is the CEO. Hager, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a correspondent for NBC news and Editor-at-Large for Southern Living.
“You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents,” the Bush sisters continue, “yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.”
Bush and Hager end the letter by acknowledging that the pressure of living in the White House is “unbelievable.”
You have listened to harsh criticism of your parents by people who had never even met them. You stood by as your precious parents were reduced to headlines. Your parents, who put you first and who not only showed you but gave you the world. As always, they will be rooting for you as you begin your next chapter. And so will we.
Malia is set to attend Harvard University, where both her parents earned law degrees, beginning this year. As Heavy.com reported, she has expressed an interest in filmmaking.
Sasha is attending the Sidwell Friends, a private school in Washington, D.C. The president and First Lady have said that they will remain in the nation’s capital after Trump’s inauguration in order to allow Sasha to complete her high school education there.