The Obamas Had a Playdate With The Kids Who Received Their Donated Swing Set
The POTUS and FLOTUS donated Sasha and Malia's swingset to charity, then stopped by its new home for an adorable playdate.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made headlines for donating their daughters' old backyard swing set to charity.
The Rainbow Playthings set had been purchased by the Obamas and installed on the South Lawn back in 2009, when Malia and Sasha were just 10 and 7 years old, respectively. (#TimeFlies!) It features everything from your standard swings and slide to a climbing wall, a pair of binoculars, a rope ladder, a tire, and yellow parallel bars, plus a special brass plaque that says "Malia and Sasha's Castle."
On Monday, the Obama fam stopped by to visit the old White House fixture in full, er, swing, at its new home at the Jobs Have Priority Naylor Road Family Shelter in Washington, D.C. A bunch of kids were outside playing at the time, so the couple got to meet them, help paint a mural of Martin Luther King Jr., and then join the kids on the playset.
And yes, there's a video, thanks to CNN:
In it, the President—casually clad in a brown leather jacket—greets the children with a big "Hey guys!", then bends down to help out a little girl having trouble getting started on the swings.
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"When you go out, you pull your legs up," he helpfully instructs. "Then you bend them in. There you go! That's the move right there!"
Best. Playdate. EVER!
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