Only a few people know what Sasha and Malia Obama are going through as they grow up in the White House, and Chelsea Clinton is one of them. For her, it was both amazing and "normal."
I was always deeply aware that I was living in history. I came home from school or ballet, and I would walk in through the Diplomatic Receiving Room, which, normally, as its name implies, is receiving diplomats. Not teenage girls. So I knew that was extraordinary.
Yes. Sounds very grand and kind of fun and not particularly normal. That said, Clinton remembers plenty of "regular" moments:
But I also had dinner with my parents every night, when they were in town, which thankfully was most of the time. And we ate around the kitchen table. So there was much about my life that was thankfully normal.
Thomas asked if she attended a lot of parties, and Clinton replied: "Not really… I went to Christmas parties, but otherwise, my parents strongly emphasized me having as normal a life as possible. And I think that was really good for me. I went to school, I went to ballet, I came home, I did my homework."
After some pressing by the curious Marlo Thomas, Clinton admitted that she went to two state dinners — one for Morocco — but insisted: "My parents were always very clear I had to get all my homework done." Man, kind of boring? At least Amy Carter was roller skating through White House rooms and having sleepovers in her tree house on the South Lawn. Maybe Chelsea Clinton is holding out. There have got to be some secret passageways in the East Wing, and midnight swims and 3 a.m. cookie dough situations happening for Sasha and Malia, right?
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