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Jenna Bush Hager and her twin sister, Barbara Bush, have clearly been getting as emotional as the rest of the country at the Obamas’ exit from the White House. The Bush sisters penned a heartfelt letter to the Obama sisters as they recognize the tremendous amount of growth which occurred right before all our eyes. But the pictures the sisters shared of Sasha and Malia’s first visit to the White House are even more adorable. Everyone has really been feeling the love for the Obama daughters. In the letter,which the Bush sisters read on the Today Show, they wrote, “Malia and Sasha, eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House. We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home.”
One day after reading that letter, Jenna Bush Hager shared photos from the White House tour she referred to, all the way back in 2008. Sasha and Malia look so adorable in these photos and we can’t believe how quickly time flies!
About this adorable sliding scene, the Bush sister wrote:
The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to. When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.
When Barack Obama first took office, Sasha was 10 and Malia was just 7 years-old. The two young girls’ looks of joy and wonder bring us back to a time of our own innocence, back when Obama had won after a campaign encouraging the public that “Yes we can!” Excuse me while I go sob uncontrollably for a sec.
In this photo of the Obama girls meeting a White House staff member, you can tell they are slightly overwhelmed, but we all know that they can handle anything. The Bush sisters perfectly express OUR exact feelings in saying to Sasha and Malia,
“We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease.”
Have you ever seen anything cuter than a 7-year-old Malia Obama being swallowed up by this White House theater seat? (No. This is objectively the cutest image in the world.)
Luckily for us, the Obama sisters will still be ruling the world, just like their mama taught them. They might be leaving the White House, but their journey through life is just getting started. We wish them all the best!