A series of 2008 photos, posted by NBC’s TODAY show, capture the Obama daughters sliding down a wooden ramp, peering inside the Lincoln Bedroom and kicking back in the White House movie theater.
Sasha and Malia Obama, then 7 and 10 years old, respectively, toured the White House with the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush.
Sasha Obama, in the foreground, slides down a wood hallway floor as her sister Malia watches, Nov. 18, 2008.
Jenna Bush Hager recently shared the rare images of the Nov. 18, 2008, visit with TODAY. She and her twin, Barbara Bush, also recently penned a heartfelt letter to President Barack Obama’s daughters.
“Malia and Sasha, eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House,” part of the letter reads. “We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home. The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to,” it continues. “When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.”
Sasha Obama laughs as she tries out the seating in the White House movie theater, Nov. 18, 2008.
The Bush sisters recalled the day they played tour guides in Washington eight years ago.
“We saw both light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home,” Jenna and Barbara wrote in the letter
The Obama and Bush sisters are impressed by a White House bedroom.
“But you have so much to look forward to,” they said. “You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.”
Jenna Bush Hager, left, takes Sasha, center, and Malia, right, onto the White House’s Truman Balcony Nov. 18. 2008.
The Obama girls “are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children,” the Bush twins said.
The Obama family is moving into an 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighborhood.