The experience of growing up in the White House, as Malia and Sasha Obama did for the past eight years, is not one that many children have. Jenna and Barbara Bush—the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush—however, are two of the very few who know exactly what that privileged, yet difficult process is like.
Back in 2009, as Bush passed the presidential baton over to President Barack Obama, the Bush twins penned a letter to the Obama daughters offering them advice and insight as to what it’s like living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Sasha, then 7-years-old, and Malia, 10-years-old at the time, were advised to “surround yourselves with loyal friends, trick-or-treat down the plane aisle if you’re traveling on Halloween, cherish your pets.”
Now, eight years later, the Bush twins are offering their words of wisdom in another letter. This time, they are offering advice on how to transition from living at the “magical place” that is the White House into civilian life. Their new open letter, which they read aloud together in a segment on the Today show (watch below), praises the girls for their “grace” and “ease” under the spotlight, as well as for the thoughtful, intelligent young women they have become.
“Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First-Children — a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines. But you have so much to look forward to,” said the sisters. “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.”
“Enjoy college,” they continued. “As most of the world knows, we did,” a coy reference to their notorious under-age drinkg scandal while at college. “And you won’t have the weight of the world on your young shoulders anymore. Explore your passions. Learn who you are. Make mistakes—you are allowed to.”
Thoughtful, kind words to a pair of First Daughters that have done nothing but impress and inspire us over the past eight years. Check out the Today show video below.