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The Wonderful Reason The Obamas' Swing Set Has Left The White House

The removal of Malia and Sasha’s backyard playground signals the end of an era.
President Barack Obama walks past his daughters’ swing set shortly after it was installed in 2009.
President Barack Obama walks past his daughters’ swing set shortly after it was installed in 2009.

The Obamas’ move out of the White House is in full swing.

So much so, that the family has donated Malia and Sasha’s swing set to a local organization that serves those in need, a White House official confirmed to CNN.

The swing set, in its full glory.
The swing set, in its full glory.

The outlet also notes that the Obamas offered the set to the Trump family before it was donated.

The backyard playground, which the Obamas paid for themselves, has been a fixture on the South Lawn since 2009. It was installed to make Malia and Sasha, then 10 and 7 respectively, feel more at home upon moving into the White House from their native Chicago, per the Associated Press.

First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Malia and Sasha, play on their swing set in 2009.
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Malia and Sasha, play on their swing set in 2009.

The two girls “squealed with delight” the first time they saw the it, a spokeswoman for the first lady told the AP. The swing set was also visible from the Oval Office where President Barak Obama spent much of his time.

The removal of the brown and green jungle gym is one of the first signs of the Obama’s move from the White House into new, swanky digs in Washington D.C.’s upscale Kalorama neighborhood.

The swing set, like the first family, will certainly be missed by some — especially, as one Twitter user jokes, by Joe Biden:

Oh, Joe. You’ll certainly be missed as well!

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