They jumped on the beds and scouted the perfect place for toys

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
November 21, 2008 06:50 PM
The White House; Jim Bourg/Reuters/Landov

Will Sasha and Malia Obama be able to jump on the beds once they move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

They already have!

First Lady Laura Bush, traveling in Panama with her daughter Barbara, described to PEOPLE a “really fun,” kid-friendly tour of the White House taken earlier this week by Michelle Obama, Malia, 10, Sasha, 7, and their grandmother, Marian Robinson, 71.

Barbara and her twin sister Jenna Hager showed off their bedrooms to the little successors to the title First Daughter – and also showed them the sillier side of life in the second-floor private residence.

“We helped them jump on the beds,” Barbara, 26, told PEOPLE. “We used to jump on the beds when we were little, too.” The Bush were 7 when they first visited the mansion, when their grandfather, George H. W. Bush, was elected president.

With a laugh, Mrs. Bush added, “They’re really tall beds; you need to get a running start.”

As Mrs. Obama checked out the two floors where she, the president-elect and their girls will make their home January 20, she wondered aloud about where they might install a toy closet to keep things tidy. Mrs. Robinson marveled at the “magnificence” of the place, said another person familiar with the details of the tour. “They all just said, ‘Oh my God, it’s just so beautiful!'”

The Obamas have also selected a private school for their daughters. According to CNN, the girls will go to Sidwell Friends School, the same one attended by Chelsea Clinton.

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