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Obamas Choose Sidwell Friends School for Daughters
Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/08 | Brad Haynes

Posted on 11/21/2008 5:11:02 PM PST by Elvina

Clinton, Daschle, Geithner… The big-name speculation over President-elect Barack Obama’s Cabinet appointments can wait while Obama watchers focus on another critical name that surfaced on Friday: Sidwell.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Obamas have chosen the Sidwell Friends School in Washington for daughters Sasha, seven years old, and Malia, 10. The private Quaker school’s alumni include former presidential offspring Chelsea Clinton and Tricia Nixon Cox, as well as House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and a former princess of Japan.

Sidwell Friends beat out another elite school, Georgetown Day School. Michelle Obama and her daughters reportedly visited both schools on Tuesday. Sidwell, with campuses in Northwest Washington and Bethesda, Md., is home to nearly 1,100 students from pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. Tuition at the lower school is $28,442 and $29,442 at the middle and upper schools.

A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama was quoted by AP as saying the Obamas feel Sidwell provides “the best fit for what their daughters need now,” including being able to accommodate security and privacy concerns. The Obama girls have also become good friends with Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s grandchildren, who attend the school.

The Obama family also discussed public school options for the girls, according to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty. The girls currently attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools located in Chicago’s South Side.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: bho2008; education; nobama; obama; obamafamily; obamatransitionfile; privateschools; publikskools; quakers; sidwellfriends
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Public School: "Good enough for you, not good enough for me" --BHO
1 posted on 11/21/2008 5:11:03 PM PST by Elvina
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To: Elvina

Oh, I am well and truly shocked!


2 posted on 11/21/2008 5:11:48 PM PST by Constitution Day (Big Brotha Is Watching You)
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To: Elvina

I thought this was a good choice because they have experience dealing with the distractions and extra security around having a president’s child in the school.

My cousins in law went to school with Daley’s kids. The security involved there was intense for the mayor of Chicago.


3 posted on 11/21/2008 5:13:11 PM PST by mccainvoterinobamaville (My new chant IM STRAIGHT IM GREAT AND I LIVE IN THE LOWER 48!)
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To: Elvina
I had to laugh the other day when a drive-by whore reported that Washington was asking... whether Obamas would send their kids to a private or a public school.

As if.

4 posted on 11/21/2008 5:13:45 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Elvina

BHO = Fake, phony, fraud.


5 posted on 11/21/2008 5:14:02 PM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: Elvina

I have a very strong suspicion the Obamas are going to go ‘First Cabin’ from here on in.


6 posted on 11/21/2008 5:14:21 PM PST by skeeter (Its Barry's fault)
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To: Constitution Day

I’m curious - is there an admissions test for Sidwell Friends? Did his kids pass? Or is this an AA admission?


7 posted on 11/21/2008 5:15:38 PM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Elvina
Well, no "Change" there I guess. The same school every professional Washington Liar sends his kids to. If Barry was committed to change he would have sent his kids elsewhere.

I wonder how long it will be before the dimwits who voted for this guy realize they've been had.

8 posted on 11/21/2008 5:16:04 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Elvina

Isn’t Sidwell a white school?


9 posted on 11/21/2008 5:17:04 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Elvina

WHAT!!!!!!! NO PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR THE OBAMA SNOBS????? No, just tell America to send it’s kids to the crack house high schools of inter cities, RUN BY DIMOCRATS, AND IN MOST BIG URBAN CITIES, BY BLACK DIMOCRATS!!


10 posted on 11/21/2008 5:17:12 PM PST by RetiredArmy (NOTE TO REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS: PLAY THE CONSERVATIVE CARD!!!)
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To: Elvina

Well, considering the overall quality of the D.C. Public Schools, good for them. But why can’t the other residents of D.C. have the same choice? Let Chancellor Rhee do her job, Teacher’s Union!


11 posted on 11/21/2008 5:17:30 PM PST by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: Elvina

28k ? Movin on up...


12 posted on 11/21/2008 5:17:43 PM PST by stylin19a ( Real Men don't declare unplayable lies)
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To: yooper
And this article tells us that the lovely Barney Frank went there! BHO's girls could turn out just like Barney!

BTW, this isn't an excerpt after all--I thought it wouldn't all fit, but it does. Just thought I would mention that so you don't waste time clicking the link.

13 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:02 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is double plus ungood.)
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To: Elvina
"The Obama family also discussed public school options for the girls, according to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty."

Likely about a three second conversation.

14 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:16 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Elvina

Big deal. All bets are off when it comes to one’s children. I don’t blame the Obamas for wanting their kids to be in a safe environment.


15 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:30 PM PST by giotto
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To: Elvina

Wouldn’t want them to have to suffer the poor teachers and criminals that infest the DC public schools now would we. School vouchers not a good thing in the eyes of elected democrats. Wouldn’t want any of their children to have to attend school with commoners.


16 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:46 PM PST by mimaw
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To: Elvina
lol...the end of the article states that they thought about public schools. sheesh, why pretend?
17 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:49 PM PST by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating ouster.)
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To: GAB-1955
But why can’t the other residents of D.C. have the same choice?

They do. They just have to be able to afford it.

18 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:57 PM PST by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: yooper

Did y’all notice the name Bwarny Fwank in the list of attendees? What’s with that? He doesn’t have kids, does he? Did the article mean that he went there?


19 posted on 11/21/2008 5:18:59 PM PST by basil (Support the 2nd Amendment--buy another gun today)
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To: Elvina

There was no way those kids were attending school anywhere but Sidwell Friends. Any visits to other schools were strictly for show.


20 posted on 11/21/2008 5:19:23 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of The Free Because of The Brave)
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To: hinckley buzzard

LOL, you read my mind.

“The Obama family also discussed public school options for the girls ....”

Transcript of this discussion (Mr. and Mrs. Obama in unison): “AS IF!”


23 posted on 11/21/2008 5:20:55 PM PST by Cecily
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To: giotto

You’re missing the glaring hypocrisy here.....


24 posted on 11/21/2008 5:21:16 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Elvina

Okay, black folks who voted for obama. What do you think of this?

Stupid question. They’ll probably think it is Palin who is sending her kids to private schools and she is the one who doesn’t want vouchers.

But brother barack, he’s working to get vouchers for free private school for all the black folks. And he’s sending his kids to the worst public schools in DC until he can get vouchers for everyone.


25 posted on 11/21/2008 5:22:14 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Elvina

“...as well as House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, a former princess...”

I fixed some of the grammar.


26 posted on 11/21/2008 5:22:29 PM PST by bricklayer
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To: Elvina
Give them a break.

Let's not ciritcize Obama (and wife) for doing things we ourselves would do in his position.

ML/NJ

27 posted on 11/21/2008 5:22:38 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Elvina
... as well as House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and a former princess of Japan.

I had no idea Barney Frank was Japanese.

28 posted on 11/21/2008 5:23:05 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: basil

I have a hard time believing Barney Frank earned a high school diploma from anywhere. Probably hoovered the principal.


29 posted on 11/21/2008 5:23:44 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Elvina

In a billion years, lying hypocritical sc*mbags like would never send their kids to the nightmarish government schools of Washington, DC.

And these very same democrats refuse to allow school vouchers.


30 posted on 11/21/2008 5:24:33 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: skeeter

YOu saying they’re movin’ on up ?


31 posted on 11/21/2008 5:25:55 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA

Well, they do finally have a piece of the pie.


32 posted on 11/21/2008 5:27:16 PM PST by skeeter (Its Barry's fault)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
The private Quaker school’s alumni include former presidential offspring Chelsea Clinton and Tricia Nixon Cox, as well as House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and a former princess of Japan.
anecdote, just to clarify thinking a bit:
"The rich are different from you and me." -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Yeah, they have more money." -- Ernest Hemingway's response

33 posted on 11/21/2008 5:28:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: Elvina

Well we all know they weren’t going to homeschool or the might end up “demented”! (Joy Behar reference for those who have been sleeping!)

Hey maybe this Quaker thing won’t be so bad after all. At least the kids might end up Christians!


34 posted on 11/21/2008 5:28:43 PM PST by HomeschoolMomma (No thanks...I already have a Messiah!)
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To: Elvina
House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank and a former princess of Japan. Fixed.
35 posted on 11/21/2008 5:28:49 PM PST by John W (Voters were more afraid of losing their money than losing their souls.)
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To: Elvina

It’s a twofer.

Very elite and very liberal. What more could they ask?


36 posted on 11/21/2008 5:29:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Elvina

Amazing


37 posted on 11/21/2008 5:30:20 PM PST by wastedyears (Every FReeper is on Obama's Black List. He will try to have us all "taken care of." Mark my words)
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To: ml/nj
Let's not ciritcize Obama (and wife) for doing things we ourselves would do in his position.

I would have no problem if a pro-school-choice president did this. It is when someone like BHO who is in bed with the teacher's unions and opposes school vouchers and choice does this that I have a problem. Don't even get me started.

38 posted on 11/21/2008 5:31:34 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is double plus ungood.)
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To: ml/nj

Why give them a break on hypocrisy?????

Why not allow free choice for ALL kids and let ALL kids chose to go to safe schools?

Your point is not logical. Of course, it is obvious that everyone would want their kids in safe schools...THAt is not the point!


39 posted on 11/21/2008 5:32:28 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
"There was no way those kids were attending school anywhere but Sidwell Friends."

Then don't present yourself as an agent of change in order to get elected. If you intend to put the Clinton gang back in, "Dead Fish" Rahm Emmanuel, Hillary, etc. and then you put your kids in the same Bourgeois schools as those you criticized to get elected, when you represented yourself as an agent of "Change", you have no business wondering why I question your choice of schools. You're a hypocrite right out of the gate.

40 posted on 11/21/2008 5:32:54 PM PST by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: John W

Perhaps there is a statue out front of Princess Barney in a tutu with his boyfriend.


41 posted on 11/21/2008 5:33:04 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is double plus ungood.)
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The first Black President plans sends his daughter to private school
myself | 5 Nov. 2008 | Trueblackman
Posted on 11/05/2008 8:05:50 PM PST by Trueblackman
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2126684/posts


42 posted on 11/21/2008 5:34:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

No, it’s a pink and red school.


43 posted on 11/21/2008 5:34:30 PM PST by piasa (How's that change workin' for ya?)
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To: ml/nj
Give them a break.

I forgot to address this part. I am not giving them a break when I won't get any break on the thousands of dollars of taxes I pay per year to our local dangerous and disastrous public schools, on top of the thousands we pay to the private school we send our children to. They love the public schools so much; they should have to live with them. No breaks for me, no breaks for them.

44 posted on 11/21/2008 5:38:06 PM PST by Elvina (BHO is double plus ungood.)
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To: piasa

My kids go to a prep school in the same athletic conference as Sidwell. It’s a fine school, small, but yes, most of the students there are white.

I’m surprised the Obamas didn’t look at National Cathedral for their daughters. IMHO a better school academically.


45 posted on 11/21/2008 5:38:14 PM PST by SallyH
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To: giotto

That’s what I always say about this. The girls’ safety is most important.


46 posted on 11/21/2008 5:38:26 PM PST by mccainvoterinobamaville (My new chant IM STRAIGHT IM GREAT AND I LIVE IN THE LOWER 48!)
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To: stylin19a

I went to a Quaker school. I had specialized in avoiding public schoolyard bullies by getting low grades, averaging B- by avoiding homework. First months grades in the Quaker school were C, D-,F, F, and FF. Getting good grades was OK there, and there were no schoolyard bullies. After 2 years I made it easily into college. Cost? $550 yr including room and board. When? 1938.


47 posted on 11/21/2008 5:38:27 PM PST by dr huer
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To: Elvina

Yes it is hypocritical, but it wouldn’t be a good idea to have the president’s kids in the DC public schools.

The last think I would want to hear about is one of them getting shanked before 4th period.


48 posted on 11/21/2008 5:38:55 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: generally

Sidwell has a who-you-know or who-you-are admissions policy. And can swing its pricy tuition.


49 posted on 11/21/2008 5:39:51 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Elvina

<< cough >> Offspring of Bawney Fwrank?


50 posted on 11/21/2008 5:40:01 PM PST by ataDude
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