George W. Bush’s daughters offer Sasha and Malia Obama advice on life

George W. Bush’s daughters offer Sasha and Malia Obama advice on life after the White House

George W. Bush’s daughters offer Sasha and Malia Obama advice
Former First Daughters Barbara Bush (r.) and Jenna Bush Hager wrote a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama. (NATI HARNIK/AP)

The former First Kids club is about to get two new members.
Former President George W. Bush’s twin daughters wrote a touching note to President Obama’s teenage girls, offering them advice on life beyond the White House.

“You are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children — a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines,” Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager wrote in an open letter published by TIME. “But you have so much to look forward to. You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.”

The Bush twins — who were 7 years old when their grandfather George H. W. Bush became President in 1989 and were teenagers in college when their dad moved into the White House in 2001 — previously gave the Obama daughters advice after the 2008 election. Bush and Bush Hager gave a 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha a tour of the White house that November.

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“The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to,” the Bush daughters wrote. “When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.”

Bush and Bush Hager encouraged the Obamas girls to keep in touch with the White House staff, telling the story of how their grandfather’s White House florist did the flowers for Bush Hager’s wedding years later.

Same goes for the Secret Service, they wrote.

“They were part of growing up for us: there for first dates, first days and even an engagement and a honeymoon,” The Bush twins wrote. “We know it wasn’t always easy — the two of you and the two of us were teenagers trailed by men in backpacks — but they put their lives on hold for us.”

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George W. Bush’s daughters offer Sasha and Malia Obama advice
Sasha (l.) and Malia Obama (R) will become former First Daughters when their dad’s term ends next week. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

The Bush daughters said life after the White House means the teens can start living without “the weight of the world on your young shoulders.”

“Enjoy college. As most of the world knows, we did,” they wrote, referencing their highly publicized arrests for alcohol-related offenses.

But not all of the advice was new. Bush and Bush Hager encouraged the Obama daughters to surround themselves with loyal friends and always put their family first — just like they did in a 2009 letter to the girls ahead of President Obama’s inauguration.

Finally, the Bush twins urged Sasha and Malia to use the memories from their time as First daughters to do good.

“Take all that you have seen, the people you have met, the lessons you have learned, and let that help guide you in making positive change,” the wrote. “We have no doubt you will.”

Malia, who graduated from high school last year, is taking a gap year and plans to start classes at Harvard this fall. The Obamas announced they’d stay in Washington, D.C., after the President’s term ends next week until Sasha also graduates from high school.