First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama read stories to children at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. The event dates back to 1878 and is named for races where children push colored eggs across the grass using wooden spoons. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)more pics »
President Barack Obama has made it clear to the press: unless it's an official event, the girls are off limits.
But that hasn't stopped pre-teen girls from watching their every move and desperately hoping to make friends with Sasha and Malia Obama. The Washington Post reported Saturday that more and more area tweens are making the first daughters their number one priorities -- even if they do listen to a certain all-boy pop band.
10-year-old Sophie Metee (Washington Post)
"My main, main, main, main, main goal is to meet the girls -- the Obama girls. Then the Jonas Brothers," said 10-year-old Sophie Metee while considering the possibility of arranging a play date with the girls.
Another girl, Maya Catoe, dreams of meeting the girls through her Girl Scouts involvement. She wrote a poem entitled "My Inspiration" that starts:
"Malia inspires me to be pround of myself
Sasha inspires me to be stylish"
The Post reports that these girls have constructed elaborate fantasies about how they might run into one of the Obama girls while visiting the White House, playing in the park, or attending soccer camp. Parents seem to be fine with the fixation, especially since the two daughters exude such a positive influence with an emphasis on dressing well, eating right, and getting good grades.
Still, it makes things complicated. When your 10-year-old daughter decides she likes the Cheetah Girls, you can go out and buy the DVD, the CD and the officially-licensed T-shirt. When she decides she likes the Obama Girls, there's not much you can do.
"There's not a museum for Sasha and Malia," Kathy Lindert, Sophie's mother, told the Post. "Those kids should not be on display, and everybody wants to protect those kids, but yet there's such a curiosity -- from kids in the Washington area, especially."
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Sasha and Malia at the White House Easter Egg Roll