Bush sisters pen heartwarming letter to Malia and Sasha Obama


Jenna Bush-Hager and Barbara Bush offered words of encouragement in a letter to Malia and Sasha Obama as they prepare to leave the White House.

The piece was published by Time Thursday night, and features the Bush sisters recalling the first meeting between the two presidnetial families, as well as some words of advice for post-White House life.

The daughters of former President George W. Bush reminisced about first meeting the Malia, who is now 18-years-old, and Sasha, 15, during their transition into the White House in 2008.

"Eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House. We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home," the Bush sisters said in the article.

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31 photos of the Obama family over the past 8 years

January 20, 2009

At the president's inauguration. 

Photo: Pete Souza/Courtesy of The White House

January 20, 2019

Backstage at the inauguration.

Photo: Pete Souza/Courtesy of The White House

February 22, 2009

Dancing at the Governor's Ball.

Photo: Pete Souza/Courtesy of The White House

April 5, 2009

Signing the guestbook at Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.

Photo: Pete Souza/Courtesy of The White House

August 8, 2010

Celebrating the president's 49th birthday.

Photo: Pete Souza/White House

August 8, 2010

At the president's 49th birthday barbecue.

Photo: Pete Souza/Courtesy of The White House

August 14, 2010

Swimming with Sasha in Florida.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

December 27, 2010

Eating shave ice in Hawaii. 

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

January 19, 2011

The president and First Lady entering a state dinner with Chinese president Hu Jintao.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

March 2, 2011

Preparing to greet recipients of the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal. 

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

June 11, 2011

Celebrating Sasha's birthday at Camp David.

Photo: Pete Souza/Courtesy of The White House

July 4, 2011

Watching fireworks from the roof of the White House.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

January 1, 2012

A New Year's Day swim in Hawaii.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

July 16, 2012

Caught on the kiss cam at an Olympic baseball game.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

September 6, 2012

Backstage at the Democratic National Convention.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

January 17, 2013

Singing 'Happy Birthday' to the First Lady.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

January 20, 2013

A family portrait on the president's second Inauguration Day.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

January 21, 2013

Riding in the inaugural parade.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

June 16, 2013

Backstage at Sasha's dance recital. 

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

February 11, 2014

At a state dinner for President François Hollande of France.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

June 16, 2016

On the South Lawn, returning to the White House after a trip to California. 

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

June 16, 2016

On the South Lawn, returning to the White House after a trip to California. 

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

September 14, 2014

Viewing a portrait of Abraham Lincoln at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

December 3, 2014

Under the mistletoe at a dinner for combatant commanders and military leadership.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

February 23, 2015

With Malia in the Oval Office.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

March 7, 2015

Listening to the remarks of Representative John Lewis in Selma, at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

April 5, 2015 

A family portrait on Easter Sunday in the Rose Garden.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

July 17, 2015

With Malia at the Whitney Museum, in New York.

Photo: Pete Souza/The White House

August 22, 2015

Malia biking in Martha's Vineyard.

Photo: Pete Souza/AP

April 7, 2015

Exiting Air Force One in Chicago.

Photo: Pete Souza/AP

May 18, 2015

Malia in her yard. 

Photo: Pete Souza/AP

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Jenna and Barbara also congratulated Malia and Sasha for what they've accomplished as first daughters. "In eight years, you have done so much," the Bushes said. "You attended state dinners, hiked in national parks, met international leaders and managed to laugh at your dad's jokes during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, all while being kids, attending school and making friends."

"We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease," the former first daughters said in the letter.

Jenna Bush-Hager is now a correspondent for the Today show while Barbara Bush is a co-founder and the CEO of Global Health Corps.

In terms of advice for life after the White House, the Bushes encouraged the Obama sisters not to forget their time as first children. "Never forget the wonderful people who work at the White House."

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