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Is it right to criticize the First Family?

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President Obama, First Lady Michelle, and First Daughters, Malia and Sasha enjoy some family time in the White House.

President Barack Obama is a highly publicized figure as leader of the United States of America, but should his family be subjected to criticism as well?

Recently, Malia and Sasha Obama have come under fire for their choices of clothing at an event they attended with President Obama. A GOP staffer scrutinized their attire and attitude during this Thanksgiving event on her Facebook page, arguing that they should “show a little class.”

Their clothing was deemed as inappropriate by this GOP staffer, as were their actions. At one point, the girls were asked if they would like to pet the turkey present at the event, to which they simply replied, “No.” During this press conference, the girls stood next to their father. Malia wore a sweater, and Sasha wore a dress. It was said that they should have worn something more professional, but what do you expect? They are teenagers. Just because they are the President’s daughters doesn’t mean they cannot wear trendy clothing.

The first daughters that preceded Malia and Sasha Obama, Jenna and Barbara Bush, received much criticism from the media, as did Chelsea Clinton.

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Admittedly, it is important for the family of the President to set a good example. However, in this situation, Malia and Sasha’s clothing and behavior cannot be labeled as inappropriate.

I do not think that Malia and Sasha did anything wrong. I think for the most part, the Obama girls try to stay out of the spotlight and they do not set bad examples.

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Kelly Cronin
Kelly Cronin, Fall Reporter
Kelly Cronin is a senior at Colonia High School. This is her first year writing for The Declaration. When she is not shopping or watching TV, she enjoys reading and writing. She loves Chipotle, E! News and Jennifer Aniston. Her favorite book series is The Hunger Games and her favorite TV show is Friends. She plans to attend college and major in English in the future.

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