Sasha & Malia Get a New Swing Set

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Somewhere between meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and going over his 2010 budget, President Barack Obama found time to supervise the installation of a swing set for his daughters Sasha and Malia.
The swingset is installed on the south grounds. (AP)

The AP reports that the girls returned home from school Wednesday to find the playset installed on the south grounds of the White House, within view of the Oval Office. Made from cedar and North American Redwood, the set was constructed and installed by Rainbow Play Systems of Brookings, S.D.

From the AP:
Late last year as the couple planned the family's move to Washington, they had discussed with the chief usher at the White House ways to make the historic residence feel more like home for their girls, said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama.

Malia and Sasha, ages 10 and 7, had never lived anywhere but Chicago.

"Many first families have made these sorts of changes to make the White House feel like home," McCormick Lelyveld said. "This one is like their little mark."
The addition comes in the tradition of other American presidents who have changed the White House landscape. Teddy Roosevelt, an avid athlete, installed a tennis court. Jimmy Carter designed a treehouse for his daughter, Amy. And Bill Clinton ordered the Hot Chicks Room built in the West Wing.

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