The Bush and the Obama administrations might have had different political platforms, but the daughters of those former presidents have something very important in common. They both spent eight years of their childhood in the most well-known house in the country, and they had to figure out what life looked like after they left. The Bush twins are eight years removed from their White House exit, so in January before the Obama girls left, the girls penned a heart-felt letter of camaraderie and advice to Sasha and Malia.
Jenna and Barbara recounted their first meeting with the young and weary, yet also hopeful and excited Sasha and Malia on the steps of their historic home. And they fondly recall sliding down the banister in the solarium with the young Obama girls just as they had done on their own move-in day. They reminded the Obama girls to cherish the people who first made them feel welcome in their new home. The Bush girls mention a florist named Nancy who greeted them when their grandfather was inaugurated, who later did the flowers for Jenna's wedding. They talk about the Secret Service agents and White House staff as if they were family, and they remind Sasha and Malia that those relationships will last beyond their father's time in office.
They empathize with what it's like for their parents to shield them from the world, and to also hear the public criticism of those same protectors. The Bush girls advised the Obama girls to enjoy their new freedom, but to use all the unique experiences from their time as First Daughters to continue to shape who they are and make a positive difference in the world.
After the White House, Barbara became an advocate for marriage equality, and she is the co-founder and president of the Global Health Corps. She was also named as one of Glamour Magazine's women of the year. Jenna became an author, an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine, and a correspondent for the Today Show. She and her mother Laura wrote a children's book about the national parks. In an interview with Time, Laura said she actually worked with Sasha and Malia's mother Michelle as a co-chair for the centennial for the National Park Service.
Although both of the Bush twins have stayed somewhat involved in politics, neither are registered Republicans. Although Barack and Michelle have talked about taking a break from political life to be still, their website at Obama.org seems to hint at a future in political activism. It will be interesting to see how involved Sasha and Malia choose to be in their parents' endeavors, or if they'll branch out on their own.