Humor: D.C. Schools Court Malia and Sasha Obama

"It's the talk of the town … Where will President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, decide to send 10-year-old daughter Malia and 7-year-old daughter Sasha to school when they move into the White House?"
—The Washington Post

TO: Michelle Obama
From: Sidwell Friends School Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, 4:17 p.m.

Lovely to meet you
Dear First Lady-elect Obama: Thank you for visiting Sidwell Friends. We hope you felt at ease in our relaxed environs. We understand that you also called on our dear friends at Georgetown Day School. An excellent choice, and an intriguing contrast. It's true that Sidwell's secure, protective campus is sometimes faulted for limiting our students' exposure to the many surprises of street life; whereas GDS's grittier, urban compound backs up to an apartment complex, which would allow your daughters the opportunity to come into close contact with Americans of all sorts on a daily basis. It really comes down to a matter of personal preference. Regards,
Your Sidwell Friends

To: Michelle Obama
From: Georgetown Day School Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, 5:04 p.m.

Good to see you
Hi, Michelle: Loved having you here at Georgetown Day. It already feels like you're one of us—maybe because so many of your closest friends are GDS parents (btw, Eric Holder, Larry Summers and Ron Klain all say hi). We see you also stopped in on Sidwell. Great, great school. And what a fun group of parents! Did you know Mandy Grunwald is a Sidwell mom? Now that she's no longer up till 3 a.m. making ads for Hillary, you'll have a chance to chat with her every day in the carpool line, along with Hillary's supermellow strategist Mark Penn. Mind you, we're not trying to talk you out of joining us at GDS. But you may want to meet some new people, too, and it's only fair to let you know what else is out there, waiting for you.
Bests,
The G'town Day Crew

To: Michelle Obama
From: Sidwell Friends SchoolWednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, 10:05 a.m.

Food for thought
Dear Mrs. Obama: A follow-up. We know how important cultural and economic diversity is to you. At Sidwell we are 100 percent committed to diversity, as evidenced by our 39 percent enrollment of diverse students. Our GDS friends can also boast a diversity population, of 35 percent. Does this mean that GDS is 4 percent less committed to diversity? We are not statisticians. As for economic diversity, we are pleased to make a Sidwell education available to ordinary people. Our GDS friends charge $29,000 per year, per child, far more than many working families can afford. We ask just $28,000. Doing so may not make us rich, but we believe we are richer for it.

To: Michelle Obama
From: Georgetown Day School Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, 3:42 a.m.

Real diversity
How's it going, Mish? Got your e-mail, thanks. So OK, let's talk about diversity. The way we at GDS see it, there are lots of kinds of diversity. Sidwell's a great school. We love those guys. But as I noted earlier, the parking lot over there at pickup looks like a day-labor center for ex-Clinton campaign officials. Over here we have real political diversity. Sure, we've got plenty of Clinton people. But we also have a lot of Gore and Kerry people. You'll run into lots of lawyers at GDS, but also lots of consultants. Go to our school gatherings and you'll see network-news personalities and cable-news personalities. It's a vital mix that can lead to some pretty spirited conversation. And no, it's not all about who's up at Agriculture. It's also about who's down at Treasury. So yeah, we're definitely into diversity.

To: Michelle Obama
From: Sidwell Friends SchoolFriday, Nov. 21, 2008, 5:02 p.m.

Three cheers
Dear Michelle: We are so pleased to welcome you and Barack to the Sidwell family, and we are truly delighted that Sasha and Malia will take their proud places in the Sidwell pantheon alongside Tricia Nixon and Chelsea Clinton. The outpouring of affection and concern for you since the announcement has been breathtaking—so many Sidwellians have already called to request tickets to the Inauguration. Mandy Grunwald and Mark Penn are right now arranging welcoming parties for you at their homes. It really is just too wonderful. And it's only a small taste of what you can expect from your long years to come at Sidwell.

To: Michelle Obama
From: Georgetown Day SchoolFriday, Nov. 21, 2008, 5:03 p.m.

A terrible mistake
Dear Mrs. Obama: I really don't know what to say. You were so kind and gracious to us, and we really had hoped that Sasha and Malia would be able to join our little band of happy campers. But we regret to inform you that, after checking with our registrar, it seems we are fully booked and have no openings for new students. Please accept our sincerest apologies. We are sure that you will find a school with everything you want—and so much more.

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