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Obama Daughters Unfazed by Global Spotlight

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President Barack Obama's daughters Malia Obama, left, and Sasha Obama arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the president's ceremonial swearing-in.

President Barack Obama's daughters Malia Obama, left, and Sasha Obama arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the president's ceremonial swearing-in.

What may have seemed like the start of an exciting new adventure four years ago for Sasha and Malia Obama has apparently turned into the routine.

While her father was delivering his second inaugural address Monday, television cameras caught 11-year-old Sasha yawning. She also complimented her father for, in her words, "not messing up" when he privately took the oath of office in the White House Sunday.

Fourteen-year-old Malia has also become used to the spotlight. She casually swayed to the music of marching bands and took pictures of her father with her cell phone during the inaugural parade.

Despite living in the White House, constantly surrounded by the trappings of power, limousines and the Secret Service, Michelle Obama says she is striving to give her daughters normal lives and raising them to be as unaffected as possible by their status as the president's children.
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