When Malia and
They made no public statements -- and, in fact, the only time I heard their voices was when they joined their mother in reading
Still, my notebook is filled with my impressions (Malia almost as tall as mom) and observations (another museum; Sasha seems bored) and those observations shared by the Africans they met.
Nkau Onkarabile, 18, an orphan in Botswana, sells red AIDS lapel pins and other beaded jewelry through a non-profit, Stepping Stones International. He had the chance to meet the first daughters privately in a small group.
"I loved them," he told me afterward. "At first I thought they would not enjoy making business with us. But they inspired me. They told me that what I am doing was great."
Once fiercely protected by their parents, these two Chicago natives are growing up -- and stepping out into the world. That’s a theme of the story I wrote for
The reporting sheds light on one aspect of a national story with a local foothold as it plays on an international stage. Whether in Chicago, in