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Obama girls get new swing set (not from an earmark though)

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If you were anything like us growing up, your swing set was made from rusty dented metal tubes and if you went too high the whole thing lifted up out of the ground until it flipped over.

Chances are the Obama girls won't have that issue.

Surprise

Sasha and Malia came home this afternoon to a brand spanking new swing set. The First Parents had it installed today while the girls were at school. And it's a really fancy model too.

According to the Associated Press, it's made out of 100 percent cedar and North American redwood. It's got four swings, including a tire swing, a slide, a fort, a climbing wall and climbing ropes. There's also a picnic table with brass plates etched with the names of all 44 presidents - even the last guy who President Obama slams all the time.

Even though the Obamas live in a pretty safe neighborhood, you can never be too sure. So the swing set was installed right on the South Lawn within sight of the Oval Office.

Play time

Reportedly, the girls played on the swing set for about an hour. First Lady Michelle joined them for a swing. Then Rahm Emanuel and James Carville came out in swimming trunks and played on a Slip 'n Slide.

Well the part about Emanuel and Carville isn't true, but it would make the story more interesting.

Anyway, according to a spokeswoman for the first lady, the two girls were very excited "squealing with delight upon seeing it."


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