Sasha & Malia Obama Lost Big on Election Night

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Obama girlsOne of the most moving parts of President Barack Obama's second term acceptance speech Tuesday night was the part where he thanked his daughters. Sasha and Malia Obama have been in the national spotlight for more than five years now. They have literally grown up before our eyes.

At 14, Malia is a picture of beauty and poise, and her 11-year-old sister Sasha (love the name) has lost some of her baby-ness and now looks every bit the young lady. Sniff. As Obama said so eloquently:

Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you’re growing up to become two strong, smart beautiful young women, just like your mom ... And I’m so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog’s probably enough.

I totally hear him on the dog. But as a mom who was once a daughter to a very busy man who traveled a lot and was very career-minded, I thought about something else, too, last night. I wondered if the girls were really, truly happy.

Oh sure, they LOOKED happy and beautiful and relieved. And I am sure they are. No one wants to lose and no one wants to see their dad rejected. But had Obama lost, these girls would have had their dad back. Say what you will about Romney, he did manage to keep his political ambitions local until all his sons were launched. It's not necessarily a bad thing to have your dad be president, but it's not "normal" either.

In many ways, a president is everyone's dad. He is distracted by so many things and has the fate of the country (and much of the world) in his hands. There are late nights, a lot of travel, and precious few hours to spend going to little league games and watching dance recitals.

Obama is seen as a great dad for good reason. He is. He adores his daughters and is involved with their lives. When the family is together, they eat together and generally try to make things as "normal" as possible. But realistically, that's a tall order.

He is on call to the American people 24/7. Our needs take priority over their needs every day. It's a tremendous sacrifice. I look at those girls and I see more than the daughters of a president. I see young ladies who are willing to sacrifice and serve at a very young age for the greater good of this country.

"Strong young women," indeed. Obama couldn't do what he does without the support of his family. I only hope they understand how grateful we all are for what they are giving up as his daughters. 

Do you think it would be hard to be the President's daughter?

 

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kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

IIm sure it is very hard. Always in the spotlight, being followed by security nonstop and having to sacrifice ur dad to the country more often than not. But they will be strong independent women because of it.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

They are so grown up and Malia is so tall! They are beautiful young ladies and I can't wait to see what they look like in 2016. It's hard to be the President's kid, especially when it comes to dating.

Ashle... AshleyB1984

I had thought about that too for them. It's hard being at that age and going through changes for a regular girl, I can't imagine being in the spotlight. Also, I'm there are times they'd like a little more privacy & the undivided attention of both parents. But I guess it's a tradeoff for something really special.

Worki... WorkingMom8479

Seriously?  "Are they happy"?  Could we get any more vague articles on arbitrary topics?

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

Those girls have a father that makes every point to be there with them, and all they could ever ask for. Their futures are set... They'll attend the college of their choice, get jobs with their father's connections and live a wonderful future. We should worry about the rest of this country, not those little girls who have it all.

Kaamna Bhojwani Dhawan

i just finished reading Georgetown Academy which is based on the lives of political kids, and man, it's tough. being a teenager as it is is rough but being a teenager with unrealistic expectations placed upon you is a recipe for disaster. Georgetown Academy is a fun read though, for anyone interested in the politics behind the politics. Good luck to the Obamas!

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