In A Symbolic Move, The Obamas’ Swing Set Has Been Removed From The White House
It's the end of an era, folks.
It’s the end of an era.
The Obamas are officially moving out of the White House. Moving trucks were spotted outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week.
It's that time… pic.twitter.com/pRFqPGMMvU
— Michelle Kosinski (@MichLKosinski) January 4, 2017
And, in a move that is symbolic in more ways than one, the Obamas’ swing set has even been removed from the yard. The swing set’s departure not only marks the end of Obama’s presidency, it also represents the fact that his daughters, Malia and Sasha, are all grown-up now. Eight years have flown by!
According to Huffington Post, Malia and Sasha were 10 and 7 years old when they moved from Chicago to the Washington, D.C. Now, the girls are 18 and 15. Oh, how time flies!
CNN reports that a spokesperson told the publication that the children had “squealed with delight” when they first saw the swing set.
It always reminded me of the Lunar Lander from the Apollo missions. pic.twitter.com/wlFkAwuRjp
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 5, 2017
The playground equipment was reportedly paid for by the Obamas. CNN reports that they asked Donald Trump if he wanted to keep the swing set before they moved it, but he declined the offer.WASHINGTON – MARCH 4: A new swing and play set stands after being installed on the South Lawn of the White House near the Oval Office March 4, 2009 in Washingtion, DC. The set was installed for U.S. President barack Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia. (Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images)
So, away went the piece that brought so much joy to the Obama daughters. But, the good news is that now, it can bring joy to someone else, as the Obamas donated the set to an unnamed local organization that helps those in need.WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 3: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama and his family (L-R) Malia, Sasha, and first lady Michelle Obama return to the South Lawn of the White House January 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
Malia and Sasha may be all grown up and no longer have use for this set, but at least someone who really needs it will be able to take advantage of it. The set is huge and features a mini-rock wall, a rope ladder, swings and a slide, so surely, this will bring lots of enjoyment to any kid who’s lucky enough to play on it.WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks with his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Malia’s headed off to college next fall, Sasha’s in high school and the Obamas are moving to these fabulous new digs in D.C.