Tuesday 24 October 2017

Bette Browne: Obama girls booked in for eye-opening visit to the first family's 'homeland'

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bette Browne

WHen President Barack Obama's kids come here this weekend with Michelle, they will be following what is fast becoming a White House tradition.

Caroline Kennedy is arriving to mark the visit of her father, President John F Kennedy, 50 years ago. And when another US first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, visited with her parents, the country had such an effect on her that she chose to write her college thesis on the Irish peace process.

But college is still a while off for Sasha, who turned 12 on Monday, and Malia, who will be 15 on American Independence Day, July 4. So they won't be thinking about a thesis just yet. However, their parents do expect them to write a report about their visit to Ireland.

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