Barack Obama has always presented himself as a family man and a politician who, because of this, understands the difficult decisions (and sacrifices) families must sometimes make. For the Obamas one of those sacrifices means hanging around Washington, D.C. after his second four-year term is up — instead of hightailing it for Chicago or Hawaii to enjoy some happy exile.
Every politician claims they can’t wait to get out of Washington and head home — even for a weekend break. Yet the Obamas plan to extend their post-presidency stay in town after the new president takes office — all because of second daughter Sasha. Sasha’s older sister Malia just decided to take a gap year before attending Harvard as a freshman, but Sasha still has high school to complete at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in D.C. The Obamas don’t want Sasha to have to start over elsewhere, so they’ll be hanging around, casting big shadows, until Sasha decides which Ivy League university she’ll attend. “Our decision has actually presented a bit of a dilemma because traditionally presidents don’t stick around after they’re done,” Obama told the crowd at the White House Correspondents Dinner.