The Obama Daughters Surprised With a Swing Set

Mar 4, 2009 7:15pm

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: Upon returning from school today, Malia and Sasha Obama had a surprise waiting for them: a new swing set had been assembled on the South Lawn of the White House, a short distance from the Oval Office. The large wooden swing set includes three swings, a slide, a green canvas-covered loft, a tire swing, a small climbing wall and a ship’s wheel. In addition, a small picnic table was installed to the side, with small plates engraved with the names of all 44 presidents. The playground equipment, paid for by the Obamas, was installed early this afternoon by the South Dakota swing set company Rainbow. "It was a big hit," White House usher Steve Rochon said. "The kids screamed. They came down with Dad and Mom." The president, the first lady and the girls tested out the swing set together. The first lady’s office says that the Obama daughters, 10 and 7 years old, stayed playing for over an hour after their father had gone back to work. The last such item to be added to the White House grounds was a tree house for Amy Carter in the late 1970s. – Sunlen Miller

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