Does The WaPo Want Something To Happen To Obama’s Kids?

2 comments January 5th, 2009at 07:54pm Posted by Eli

I have no problem with a puff piece about the Obama girls’ first day of school, but is this level of detail really necessary?

Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, left the Hay-Adams Hotel with their mother, Michelle Obama, at 7:10 a.m. Their motorcade emerged from a security tent that has been erected outside the posh hotel, and they drove off with nary a wave to the throngs of cameras or the waiting crowds.

Malia, a fifth-grader, arrived at Sidwell’s middle school in the 3800 block of Wisconsin Avenue at 7:30 a.m., a full half-hour before the school day began. The motorcade bypassed the main entrance to the underground garage at Wisconsin Avenue and Rodman Street NW, opting instead for a side entrance adjacent to Fannie Mae’s James A. Johnson Housing and Community Development Center.

Whatever Michelle Obama did to settle Malia into her class, it didn’t take long. At 7:41, the motorcade exited another driveway slightly to the north, adjacent to the Friendship Post Office.


The youngest Obama had had a little more time than her sister to yawn away the Hawaii jet lag and Chicago time change. Sidwell’s lower school, located a few miles away on Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda, doesn’t ring the opening bell until 8:30. The Obamas arrived at 8 a.m., again plenty early, and the motorcade again used a side garage entrance, away from the rest of the drop-off crowd.

Sidwell’s campuses also stagger the end of the school day — middle school goes until 3:20 p.m., while lower school is dismissed at 3 — which means that the motorcade should have no problem whisking Sasha from Bethesda this afternoon in time to pick up Malia.

Can someone explain to me the journalistic rationale for providing precise times and locations for where the Obama girls enter and exit the school, or how the story would have suffered if it hadn’t practically drawn a map saying “Obama girls can be found here”?

This is really, really creepy and inappropriate, and truly terrible editorial judgment by a paper that should know better.  (Yes, I know I’m repeating it, but my readership is considerably less than the WaPo’s – and if you factor out comical Google searches, it’s almost nonexistent.)

(h/t The Littlest Gator)

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Wankers


  • 1. Spear and Magic  |  January 5th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Wow. Just, wow. MSNBC did something similar tonight, interviewing an ex-Secret Service agent about the sort of issues and tactics involved in protecting the kids, and I was astonished at that report. But this is really well beyond that.

    It would have been good if you had tweaked the details of the report. I’m sure it’s totally unlikely that someone will get this information from your page. But if you had seeded it with distinctive false information and then someone was, say, busted hanging out at 7:40 at the 4800 block of Wisconsin Ave., well, then, you’d know, wouldn’t you?

  • 2. cgreen  |  January 6th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I agree the level of information in the Washington Post’s report was inappropriate. Let’s ask the Post why they felt that was news, shall we?

    I disagree about shooting the messenger (this blog) for commenting on the Post’s degree of detail.

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