While soon-to-be first daughters Malia and Sasha are determined to carryout the normal lives they once knew in Chicago, they cannot help but admit that being the President-elect’s children certainly has its perks.
The two girls will get the best of both worlds come January, living like regular adolescents while having all of the benefits and amenities of the White House at their disposal. And who better to teach them about the best of both worlds than Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) herself.
According to Access Hollywood, Billy Ray Cyrus, the popstar’s father, offered the Obama girls an invitation to appear in an episode. Cyrus, who plays Hannah Montana’s father on the show, was sure that Malia and Sasha would jump at the opportunity.
“They probably will. The invitation is there,” Cyrus said. “The ‘Hannah Montana’ film comes out in April. Maybe something might happen around then.”
In September, Barack Obama told Marie Claire that Malia is a big fan of the show; Malia spent her tenth birthday dancing in their hotel room to Hannah Montana songs on her iPod.
“They’re big ‘Hannah Montana’ and Jonas Brothers fans, like every 7- or 10-year-old girl in America,” said Betsy Gleick, executive editor of People Magazine, in an interview with The Early Show. “Disney is sensing that these are the cutest things out there right now, and they would love to have them on the show.”
Michelle Obama reconfirmed her daughters’ admiration for the teenage pop sensation when she also told The Early Show that Malia wants to be an actress someday and Sasha wants to sing and dance, with both girls loving “Hannah Montana.
“I think they see themselves as Disney potential,” Mrs. Obama said.
The real question is whether or not the Obamas will agree to letting the girls participate in an actual episode; they are trying to look out for the girls’ best interest in the midst of transitioning.
“The official Obama line said, ‘It’s a very generous offer,’” Gleick said. “We don’t know whether they will ever do this. It’s kind of hard to imagine, given the way Michelle and Barack are handling their family matters right now.”
Dr. Linda Dunlap, chair of the psychology department at Marist agreed:
“I believe that the some people would enjoy the opportunity to see the girls and would be curious regarding how they would deal with the experience. Others are very likely to say the Obamas would be taking advantage of their position and would think it is inappropriate and exploitive.”
Having the Obama girls appear on the show would be a smart move on Disney’s part. Their interests in Malia and Sasha so early on may spark more star treatment from other companies looking to do the same.
“We’re pleased that Malia and Sasha are fans and, as long as their parents say it’s OK, they are invited to the set of ‘Hannah Montana’ and all Disney Channel shows, for a guest role or a visit, anytime,” said a recent statement released by Disney.
When asked about the invitation proposed by her father, Miley Cyrus stated that she would love to welcome the girls to a visit or cameo and that she recognizes many similarities between her own experiences and the ones Malia and Sasha are about to face.
“They are kind of like me before I started my own career. You are kind of put in it because [of] their dad and because of my dad,” Miley said. “So I would want it to be normal, and they could come hang out on the set with normal girls. I think that would be fun for them.”
While the Obama’s have plenty of time to make a final decision on the matter, their answer will probably be no, given some of the repercussions that would occur.
“I would hope they would not allow their children to be on the show,” Dunlap said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they let them go meet her and see a taping of her show. I hope they leave it at that–a still amazing experience. They are not bound for show biz, but rather Harvard.”