As reporters and the media waited for President Obama to make an appearance at the White House yesterday, soft piano music wafted through the room.
I thought for a second I was in a Hollywood hotel bar.
And tonight CBS News delved into the possibilities that Sasha and Malia might be the nation’s new fashion and trend setters. Tween idols.
Malia Obama, 10, and Sasha Obama, 7, (R) arrive at the Capitol to see their father, Barack Obama, swear-in as the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to lead the nation in Washington January 20, 2009. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/Reuters)
The President is young, hip, articulate and pleasant to look at. Ditto his bride and children.
So there will be a natural trend by some to move the serious business of government closer to the frivolous business of making money with trends, fashion, sex, and what’s cool.
Hollywood and the trend setters of the nation and the world need to show some caution and respect: and the Obama family itself needs to take the lead. Mrs. Obama and her Mom sure seem to have the strength to nip this in the bud and make it go away…. If that is what they want….
(CBS) Call it Sasha and Malia Mania.
The Obama girls are getting a lot of attention these days, creating a global sensation with their smiles and styles, observes CBS News correspondent Bianca Solorzano.. American tweens, in particular, seem fascinated with Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10.
From inauguration eve, dancing to their idols the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, to the next day, when they officially became the first children, photographers caught their every move.
“They’re still into wanting to perform,” first lady Michelle Obama told CBS News. “I’m trying to get them focused on like law or something like that. But right now, they love the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana. So I think they see themselves as Disney potential!”
But now, Solorzano notes, marketing experts say they have the potential to be real pop culture trendsetters.