Obama Chooses Daughters' School, Has School Named for Him

By: AP
By: AP
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The question about where the new first daughters are going to be going to school has been answered.

Barack and Michelle Obama have chosen a noted private school in
Washington, Sidwell Friends. That's where Chelsea Clinton went when
she lived in the White House.

A spokeswoman for the incoming first family says a number of ``great schools,'' including D.C. public schools, were considered, but in the end, the Obamas chose the one they regard as the best fit for their two daughters. Malia is 10 and Sasha is seven.

Spokeswoman Katie McCormick Lelyveld notes that Sidwell Friends
can accommodate the special security and privacy concerns that come
along with a first family. She also says Sasha and Malia have become good friends with Vice President-elect Joe Biden's grandchildren who go to Sidwell.

Meantime, a New York elementary school will now bear Obama's name. At the urging of its students, the Ludlum Elementary School in
Hempstead on New York's Long Island has been renamed Barack Obama Elementary.

The vote by the Hempstead Union Free School District was unanimous and effective immediately. Efforts to rename schools, parks and streets after Obama are under way elsewhere, but Hempstead officials think their school is the first to carry the name.

Principal Jean Bligen says most of the 466 students at Barack Obama Elementary are black or Hispanic and take Obama's election as a big source of pride.

And there are naming honors for the president-elect not just in the U.S. The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean wants to rename Boggy Peak, Mount Obama.


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