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Daughters in the White House

world Updated: Jun 15, 2009 01:38 IST
Daughters in the White House

From Bill Clinton to George W Bush to the charismatic Barack Obama, the recent US Presidents have one thing in common — all have daughters and no sons.

While Bill Clinton has only one daughter, both George W Bush and Barack Obama have two each.

In fact, go through the 17 men who have been either President or Vice-President since 1961 — from the era of John F Kennedy to that of Obama — and their daughters actually outnumber their sons, by 28 to 27.

It was nearly 16 years ago when Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea called the White House home. Chelsea went to a local school and had always tried to lead a normal life as the First Daughter. The US media also observed a gentleman’s agreement with the Clintons not to write about her.

Currently studying Health Policy and Management at the University of Columbia, Chelsea never publicly commented about any of her parents’ policies or public statements till Hillary Clinton began her presidential campaign. She started to rally support for her mother and even spoke on her behalf.

In December 2007, she began campaigning for her mother’s bid for Democratic presidential nomination in Iowa before the January caucuses, greeting voters in Des Moines.

After that, she campaigned for her mother extensively across the country, largely on college campuses. And, by early April 2008 she had spoken at 100 college campuses on behalf of her mother’s candidacy.

Next came the Bush twins — Jenna and Barbara — both students at Texas University when George W. became the American President in 2001.

They had played hide and seek with the US Secret Service, but, by their father’s second term, Laura and George were empty-nesters.

Both came under media glare soon after their father became the US President when on May 30, 2001, they were cited by police after attempting to buy drinks at a restaurant.

In fact, Jenna was also earlier cited for underage drinking in an Austin bar; she later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to community service and alcohol awareness classes.

Cut to present.

And, the First Daughters are two cute little girls — Malia Ann born in 1998, and Natasha (known as Sasha) born in 2001.

Sasha is said to be the youngest child to reside in the White House since John F Kennedy, Jr, arrived as an infant in 1961. She is also the first White House resident born in the 21st century.