Malia and Sasha Obama's first overseas trip since their father has assumed the presidency and Paris can't WAIT!!
Not since the Kennedy era has an American first lady — and in tow, her presidential husband — been so eagerly awaited in Paris.
Will they hobnob with their French counterparts — President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, former model Carla Bruni-Sarkozy — as the Kennedys did with the de Gaulles during their mythic 1961 visit? Or will they cut loose, Clinton-style, for a spontaneous sightseeing session?
Officials on both sides of the Atlantic were short on specifics about the American first couple's upcoming weekend in the City of Light. One of the few details a White House official let slip: 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha will join their mother when she flies to Paris on Friday to join the president. It will be their first excursion abroad as daughters of an American president.
Other than that, the White House has only spoken openly about the D-Day commemorations in Normandy. But French newspapers have speculated that the Obamas will dine atop the Eiffel Tower.
Located on the second level of the 1,024-foot-tall tower, the Jules Verne restaurant boasts commanding views over Paris and a menu by one of the world's most celebrated chefs, Alain Ducasse. A restaurant spokeswoman declined to comment on the possibility the Obamas would dine there, citing client privacy.
The French press is also atwitter over whether there will be a rematch of the "duel of charm" that pitted Michelle Obama in a glamor contest against Bruni-Sarkozy during the Obamas' first official visit to France in April. read more here....
Yes, the White House has confirmed that the wee Michelles will be in Paris, too...
Malia and Sasha Obama are starting their summer vacation with a trip to Europe.
The White House confirmed Thursday that the girls will join their parents at ceremonies Saturday marking the 65th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, then stay on in Paris for several days with their mother.
The girls, ages 10 and 7, have made numerous trips to their father's native state of Hawaii, but have never before been to Europe. They traveled to Kenya with their parents in 2006 and are expected to make numerous additional overseas journeys now that they live in the White House.
The eventful weekend for the First Daughters follows completion today of their first semester at the Sidwell Friends School in the Washington, D.C., area.
Expect massive paparazzi!!!