ObamaNation: President Barack Obama Ready to Remake America

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Barack Obama was sworn in today as the 44th president of the United States.

In his inaugural address, the former Senator from Illinois acknowledged that the nation is in crisis, but said America remains the most powerful nation on Earth.

“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America,” he said.

ObamaNation: Barack Obama Writes Letter to Daughters Malia & Sasha

President-elect Barack Obama wrote a letter to his two daughters, Malia & Sasha, in the latest issue of Parade.

The doting father and loving husband wrote the thoughtful letter to his little girls, even apologizing for “all the time we’ve been apart” and saying his mission is to “ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours.”

Click HERE for the heart-warming letter in its entirety.

Obama Reveals New Puppy For Malia & Sasha Will Be Labradoodle Or Portugese Water Hound

President-elect Barack Obama revealed on ABC’s This Week that the choice of puppy for daughters Sasha and Malia has been narrowed down to a Labradoodle and a Portugesse Water Hound.

Host George Stephanopoulos passed along the question from Obama’s daughters, who were sitting in the control room, ‘What kind of a dog are we getting and when are we getting it?’

Obama replied, “They seem to have narrowed it down to a labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound … medium-sized dog, and so, we’re now going to start looking at shelters to see when one of those dogs might come up.”

“We’re closing in on it. This has been tougher than finding a commerce secretary,” the President-elect said.

Both the Labradoodle, a cross between a Labrador and a Poodle, and the Portugese Water Hound are known for being hypo-allergenic.

PHOTOS: Malia & Sasha Obama’s First Day of School at Sidwell Friends

President-elect Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama helped their two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, get ready for their first day of school in Washington, D.C.

The two girls will be on separate campuses at the private Sidwell Friends School, the same academy where Chelsea Clinton studied during her father’s presidential years!

PHOTO CREDIT: The Office of the President-Elect @ Change.gov

Malia & Sasha Obama Ready For First Day At SidWell Friends School

Malia and Sasha Obama will begin a new school on Monday as they start classes at the private Sidwell Friends in Washington D.C.

They follow in the footsteps of other former first children, including Chelsea Clinton and Richard Nixon’s daughters, as they attend the co-ed Quaker day school accompanied by Secret Service men.

The Obama girls will most likely attend classes on separate campuses as Malia, 10, a fifth-grader will go to the middle school campus in Northwest Washington and Sasha, 7, a second-grader will go to the lower school in Bethesda Md.

“We’re delighted to have them and welcome them into the community,” said Ellis Turner, associate head of school at Sidwell Friends where tuition tallies up to $28,442 at the lower school and $29,442 for middle and upper school.

Sidwell practices a Quaker philosophy that stresses community service and interconnectedness and boasts a diverse student body with nearly 40 percent non-white students and a at least 1 out of 5 students receiving financial aid.

Malia and Sasha previously attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where their mother Michelle is a board member.

Obama Family Returns To Chicago After Hawaiian Vacation With Plans To Move To D.C. Hotel

Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha ended Hawaiian vacation on Thursday and flew back to their home state of Chicago.

After a 12-day vacation that included golfing, working out at the local Marine Corps Base, paying respects to his late grandmother, visiting the zoo with Malia and Sasha, and strolling shirtless on the beach, Obama and his future first family are heading to Washington D.C. after making a pit stop in Chicago.

This weekend the Obamas will take up temporary residence at the historic Hay-Adams hotel in D.C. for two weeks before moving into the Blair House, the official government guest residence, on January 15 and finally settling into the White House after the inauguration on January 20.

The family’s stay at the swank Hay-Adams hotel which runs upwards of $700 for a regular room to $6,000 for a Presidential Suite is being funded by private transition funds.

Profile Of Presidential Daughters Malia And Sasha Obama

Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha are poised to become the “It Girls” for the tween set, and quite frankly the whole nation, when he takes presidential office in January 2009.

The press has already clamored to find out which school the girls would attend next year, what type of dog would become their first pet, and which White House bedroom will be chosen for each one.

Here is Blindie’s profile on the new Presidential daughters Malia and Sasha Obama:

Malia Ann Obama

Birthdate: July 4, 1998

Education: Currently enrolled in the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago. Planning to attend the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C.

Activities: Piano, tennis, soccer, gymnastics

Fashion High Point: The red silk taffeta dress by Biscotti (retails for $110) she wore on November 4th at her father’s presidential acceptance speech in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Most Memorable Quote: “You really don’t shake kids’ hands that much, you shake adults’ hands…You just wave or say hi,” she told her father when he greeted her playdate.

Interesting Fact: She has severe allergies to most pet dander.

Secret Service Code Name: Radiance

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Natasha “Sasha” Obama

Birthdate: June 8, 2001

Education: Currently enrolled in the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago. Planning to attend the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C.

Activities: Piano, tennis, soccer, gymnastics

Cutest Moment: Interrupting her father’s telecast and hamming it up on stage during the DNC convention in Denver.

Interesting Fact: She wll be the youngest resident of the White House since John F. Kennedy’s children lived there in the early 1960s.

Secret Service Code Name: Rosebud

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS