The daughters of Bush write letters to the daughters of Obama


Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Bush have offered up their advice to Malia and Sasha Obama. The Bushes know like nobody else how it feels to grow up in a White House and then to leave it. Their father owned the White House before the Obamas entered it.

“Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children—a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines. But you have so much to look forward to.You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years,” the Bushes’ letter published in TIME says.

Bush sisters went on: “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. You have lived through the unbelievable pressure of the White House. 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.”


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