Where will Sasha and Malia Obama, 7 and 10 years old, go to school in Washington, D.C.? Sidwell Friends, Chelsea Clinton’s alma mater, and Georgetown Day are the most likely private schools. Schools chief Michelle Rhee is pushing her daughters’ public school, high-scoring Oyster Elementary. A bilingual school, Oyster is half Hispanic and only 10 percent black. Matt Yglesias suggests a charter school, such as the conveniently located Capital City Public Charter School, which is 54 percent black, 27 percent white and 18 percent Hispanic. The girls now attend the University of Chicago’s Lab School, an elite private school.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Obamas choose Oyster. Of course, there’s a lottery to get in and this will be a mid-year transfer . . . I’m guessing that can be worked out.
Meanwhile, the nation is debating what kind of dog the girls will get when they move into the White House. Is a poodle too snobby? A Portuguese water dog could be too foreign. The new First Dog will be adopted from a shelter, in deference to public opinion.