Is it really, really horrible of me that I’m totally rooting for like a billion cell-phone camera pics of Sasha and Malia Obama at Sidwell Friends to hit the web in the next couple of days?
It probably is, but I can’t help myself.
On Monday, the First Daughters will attend their first day of school at Sidwell Friends, the exclusive, private D.C. school they’ll be at while their father is President. The country hasn’t had a First Kiddo since Chelsea (who also attended Sidwell), and she was just the one. Now there are TWO! And they’re YOUNG! And ADORABLE! And BLACK!
Paparazzi field day.
Rumors are already swirling that photo agencies are looking to pay the Obamas’ Sidewell classmates for cell-phone camera pics of the girls. Plus you can bet that they’ll be camped outside the school all day tomorrow, hoping for pics of the girls walking in with their lunch pails and backpacks.
Although I will be cooing over these photos with the rest of the country, part of me is really nervous for Sasha and Malia. Not only are they instant, super-young celebrities, they’re also de facto role models for every young black girl on the planet — and a type of role model that has never really existed before in this country. We’ve never had young, black First Kiddos before. I think if anybody’s up to the challenge, it’s Sasha and Malia, but, man, it sure is an awful lot of pressure to put on two little girls. I hope they can have some semblance of normalcy to their lives.