Whatever your political affiliation, there’s no debate that Barrack and Michelle Obama are loving, thoughtful parents. We’ve seen that throughout the First Family’s first four years in office. We saw that on the campaign trail, where the First Daughters were notably absent. And I have a feeling that we’re going to continue on with this demonstration throughout the next term. Exhibit 23659240: The Obamas do everything in their power to keep bikini photos of Malia and Sasha from showing up in tabloid magazines.
Over the holidays, the Obama family headed to Barrack’s home state of Hawaii for a brief vacation. It’s pretty much accepted that when you go to Hawaii, you spend at least a little time on the beach. With the beach comes bathing suits, as one would expect.
It just so happened that the Obama family was spending a day at the beach at the exact same time as soon-to-be second-time mommy Jessica Simpson, who also vacationed on the islands over the holiday. That’s how a paparazzo found himself staring through his lens at the Obama girls walking along the beach without their parents.
According to Celebuzz, here’s what happened:
“After he took the photographs, agents from the United States Secret Service came over and asked him for identification,” according to a source who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Celebuzz has chosen not to name the photographer.”They were nice enough to him and didn’t seize his camera equipment.
“But when he sent the photographs out via the agency’s wire, he received a letter, on a White House letterhead, requesting that the images not be released.”
The letter was from the White House Press Office, the source added.
“It stated that Sasha and Malia’s privacy should be maintained as they were on a private holiday,” the insider told Celebuzz.
“The letter said that other media had been respecting these requirements.”
To their credit, the tabloids decided to respect the young girls’ privacy and keep the pictures to themselves, saving the ladies from showing up on a weekly mag cover in the grocery store aisle. And honestly, I’ve never bee happier with this country’s celebrity tabloid media!
Malia and Sasha are 14 and 11. We’re still talking about girls who don’t need their “bikini bodies” splashed around in print. We’re talking about tweens who deserve some respect as our President’s daughters.
Just yesterday at Mommyish, we mentioned how hard it must be for political offspring. We were referring to Rand Paul‘s son, who got arrested for alcohol consumption at North Carolina airport. Obviously, the Obama girls weren’t doing anything wrong when their picture got snapped, but it demonstrates the constant pressure these kids must be under.
Thankfully, President Obama was able to step in and ensure that his daughter’s privacy was respected. He had the power of his office to persuade the tabloids to do the right thing. We’re just hoping he can continue to keep his daughters away from the prying light of the celebrity media. These girls deserve the opportunity to be normal teens. We hope they get it.
(Photo: White House)