Maila Obama Won't Be Factor In Family Staying In Washington


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Most people decide if and when they're going to move within a year, many times inside a few months. But, if you're living in the White House, moving could be quite a bit more difficult and leaving the presidency even more complicated. Especially with two daughters who no doubt have community ties.

The Obama's are allowing their 12 year old daughter, Sasha, make the final decision whether they stay in Washington D.C., or head back to Chicago. The fact that they are placing such high consideration for their daughters' happiness is exceptional. Their other daughter Malia will already be 18 and in college. Sasha will be a sophomore in High School and will probably have made friends and strong connections in the area.

President Obama, in an interview with Barbara Walters, mentions that the women in his life have "made a lot of sacrifices on behalf of my cockamamie ideas, the running for office."

"Sasha will have a big say in where we are," President Obama said about the future, in an interview for the "Walters at the White House" special on "20/20" to air Friday night.

When asked who he thought might succeed him in the White House, he answered, “We have some amazing female [public] servants all across the country and there is no doubt that sometime very soon, we’re going to have a female president. I’m confident that she will do a great job,” he added, without naming names.

The president and first lady would be the first presidential family to remain in Washington after term in almost 100 years - the last president was Woodrow Wilson.

The interview with Barbara Walters revealed some personal information about the Obama's and their daughters. The First Lady, when discussing them, commented, “We try to protect them from too much of the public voice,” and that she isn't a “big believer in Facebook for young people.”

The fact that Sasha will be able to stay where she has roots, presently at Sidwell Friends School, a private Quaker school should make her feel not only important, but very happy.

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