Posted Nov. 11, 2008 – First lady Laura Bush shared some tips with Michelle Obama on how to survive in the White House – particularly with young daughters, according to Reuters.
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As she gave Michelle Obama a tour of the mansion that will soon be her home. "It was a bit of a momentous day," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters on a flight from Washington to Chicago about the Obamas visit to the White House Monday, less than one week after Barack Obama won a historic election to succeed President George W. Bush. "I don't know that I would characterize him as awestruck."
After the two couples greeted with kisses and handshakes at the executive mansion's South Portico, they went inside for a look around together before heading off in opposite directions. Obama stepped into the Oval Office, ushered in by Bush. He later described the center of American power as "a really nice office."
Meanwhile, the first lady and future first lady visited every room, said Bush's spokeswoman, Sally McDonough. She said the women, who were meeting each other for the first time, spent time in the rooms that would likely become the bedrooms of the younger Obamas: 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha.
"They did talk about their children and how the first lady can change the decor of any of the rooms in the private residence," said McDonough. The women also talked about how best to raise daughters growing up in the fishbowl of the White House. The Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, spent part of their teenage years in the White House.
"I think Mrs. Bush is giving her some really good advice on that and how they can truly have a home here at the White House, enjoy all that Washington, D.C., has to offer and raise their family here," McDonough said on FOX News.