Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager wrote a sweet letter to the Obamas’ daughters, Malia and Sasha, cheering them on as they begin the next step in their lives after spending eight years in the White House.
The Bush sisters wrote:
“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.”
In their letter, the Bush twins recalled the warm memories of their own childhood and their experience growing up in the White House.
“The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to. When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.”
The letter also urged the president’s daughters to look past the harsh criticism of their parents and the immense pressure that comes with being in the first family.
“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,” the Bush sisters said.
“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.”
Malia was 10 when President Obama took office, and her sister was 7.