By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – If you’re a parent, you don’t need me to tell you – making sure your kids do their homework and develop good study habits is one of the toughest and most important jobs you have. Sometimes even the best parents need a little help, like a celebrity role model to point to.

Now, you’ve got one.

The other night when President Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago, he was surrounded by close friends, aides and family. But when he gave a warm shout-out to his wife and daughters, his 15-year-old daughter Sasha was conspicuously missing. Naturally, this touched off a hashtag, #WhereIsSasha, and a flurry of speculation about what might have caused her to miss such an important moment.

It turns out that Sasha, a sophomore at a demanding private school in Washington, had a final exam in science scheduled for the next day, and was home studying for it. Asked about it later, Mrs. Obama said her daughter was told: “You know the Obamas, girl. Sorry! You have to take your test. You can say goodbye later.”

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia (right) and Sasha (left) walk to board Air Force One at Cape Cod Air Force Station on August 21, 2016 (Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia (right) and Sasha (left) walk to board Air Force One at Cape Cod Air Force Station on August 21, 2016 (Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Whatever else you may think about the Obama years, you’ve got to give the first couple credit for proper child-rearing.

I loved it when they persuaded the first lady’s mother to move into the White House with them to help oversee the girls, and all that loving discipline appears to have paid off.

We don’t know much about and rarely hear about the Obama daughters, in itself a tribute to their parents’ oversight. But we do know this – if Sasha Obama did well on that test this week, she doesn’t have to look far for who to thank for it.

Comments (9)
  1. It didn’t hurt, Jon, that the Obamas sent the kids to Sidwell Friends, one of the most respected, and stringent private schools in the DC area.

    Of course with the millions he made off of his books, an asset that he was not forced to put into a blind trust, he could afford to send them there…unlike millions of others.

    So much for the presumption of equality of opportunity.

    At least Jimmy Carter sent his daughter to PUBLIC SCHOOL.

  2. bees_knees_6 says:

    Jon, nice try. However, the right cannot bring itself to offer credit whether it is due or not. There is a pervasive illness that seems to have taken over what used to be the grand old party.

  3. Are you denying the facts, Bees?..


    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      What facts are those, Owl? Your list of reasons disqualifying them from respect? That they went to a private school? That their parents are monied? Is that how you judge respect?

      As I read comments on social media, it is clear that some people just need to hate. You might want to watch for that, Owl, as it is beginning to consume you. How long has it been now? Six years? Seven?

      1. The ones that say that the Obama’s sent their kids to one of the most rigorous schools in the DC area.

        There is also the point the Grandma Robinson, was living in the White House and doing far more of the “upbringing” than you might want to admit.

  4. She took the girls to a concert featuring rap songs that I would never allow in my home .

    1. Steve Stein says:

      Once upon a time in the mid-60s when I was 13, I asked my father to take me to the Limelight Bar in Greenwich Village to see radio storyteller Jean Shepherd, who was then a favorite of mine. He acceded (it was a Bar Mitzvah present), even though he was decidedly “uptown” and wasn’t altogether comfortable with the Village. It was a late Saturday show, and Shepherd’s language wasn’t anything near PG.

      It really didn’t hurt me none.

      1. Ah…The stories of Jean Shephard; always a delight to listen to.

        As for damage done to you? Perhaps it was a delayed reaction and explains a degree of your liberal bias.

        And please, Steve, stick around and participate over the next four years or so…Your viewpoint is always welcome in the debate.

    2. bees_knees_6 says:

      Funny thing is that I would say the same could be said about most, if not all, children growing up in the White House. I understand some were rebellious. But then, who among us was not? Most of us didn’t have to grow up under a microscope. Seems to many of us just need to judge based on our own set of rules. Very sad indeed.

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