WASHINGTON - Barack and Michelle Obama's two young girls this week discovered what will become their bedrooms at the White House when they paid their first visit to their future home since their father's election as US president.
Twins Barbara and Jenna Bush, who will be 27 next week, "enjoyed showing their rooms to the Obama girls", said Sally McDonough, spokesman for Laura Bush.
Malia Obama, 10, and her sister Sasha, 7, the youngest children to enter the White House in a generation, were joined by their mother, Michelle, and grandmother, Marian Robinson, for a visit that lasted about an hour at the invitation of Laura Bush, McDonough said.
In an interview with the 60 Minutes CBS television programme, Michelle Obama spoke of the family's move to the White House as a chance to regroup after the rigours of the campaign.
"And now we get to be together under one roof, having dinners together," she said.
"And, you know, I envision the kids coming home from school and being able to run across the way to the Oval Office and see their dad before they start their homework. And having breakfast. And he'll be there to tuck them in at night."
Michelle Obama has repeatedly said she would focus first and foremost on her daughters' wellbeing while in the White House.
She toured several schools in Washington this week and seems to be leaning towards a private school.
"The primary focus for the first year will be making sure that the kids make it through the transition," she explained.
Barack Obama said: "Michelle and I have talked about this a lot. How do we maintain that precious normalcy in our two girls?
"I think one of our highest priorities over the next four years is retaining that.
"If at the end of four years, just from a personal standpoint, we can say they are who they are I think we're going to feel pretty good."
The Obama White House might also be home for Marian Robinson, the president-elect indicated.
"Robinson has just been an unbelievable support for all of us during this process," he said. "And you know, she likes her own space, you know. She doesn't like a lot of fuss around her.
"And, like it or not, there's some fuss in the White House. But we hope that she comes.
"Because she's retired, looked after the girls, it gave Michelle confidence that somebody was going to be there when she was on the road."
Another potential White House occupant has been a source of intense debate in the US. Barack Obama promised a dog for his two daughters once they move in.
But Malia has allergies and the Obamas have indicated a preference for adopting a shelter dog. - Sapa-AFP