The Obama Girls: What Limits?

Whether or not you voted for their father, you have to admit the Obama daughters are pretty cute - from taking over the microphone at the Democratic National Convention to their precocious smiles and waves election night. In the days after the election, we seem to hear news and entertainment shows alike practically salivating at the prospect of young children living in the White House. We see video of the President-elect dropping them off at school and we hear of their private invite from Laura Bush to tour their new homes. Right now, the girls seems to be enjoying the limelight, those high-wattage smiles ever-present. But how long before it wears on them? And when should the media back off? I pose the question being part of the media. On the one hand, they're just kids and they should be shielded; on the other, people (i.e. TV viewers and newspaper/magazine readers) want to see them. Admit it - even if you think there should be a line drawn when it comes to the kids, can you honestly say you won't be curious about the President at a dance recital or what their Halloween costumes might be? Already thoughts are turning to the photos of the Kennedys - John-John hiding under the Oval Office desk and Caroline on her horse. It will be interesting to see how the Obamas handle this part of their transition. I think they've tried to strike a pretty good balance during the campaign, and I think the Clintons and Bushs have shown it can be done in the White House, too. But really - what kid these days wouldn't want to be on "Hannah Montana?" Do you let them?


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