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Tuesday, November 11, 2008; 12:00 AM

There are going to be kids in the White House again!

The Obama sisters -- Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7 -- will be moving in right after their dad, Barack Obama, is sworn in as the president on January 20. He and their mother, Michelle, promised them a puppy, so there will be a new pet in the White House, too.

The last kid to live in the White House was Chelsea Clinton, who was 12 when her dad, Bill Clinton, became president in 1993. And before that was Amy Carter, who arrived at age 9 in 1977 with her dad, President Jimmy Carter. President Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, were 19 when he and first lady Laura Bush moved in in 2001. Other kids have played in the halls of the White House in the past. KidsPost's Valerie Strauss recounts some of their stories.

  • President Abraham Lincoln's youngest son, Tad (above), was known for playing a lot of tricks in the White House. He was 7 when his dad became president in 1861, living in Washington during the Civil War. Tad had a kid-size Union uniform, and he "bombed" the door of the Cabinet room with a toy cannon, sometimes interrupting his father during meetings.

Tad once took two goats, attached them to a kitchen chair and went for a ride through the East Room, surprising his mother, who was there giving a tour. Another time he surprised everyone in the White House by finding a way to make all the bells ring at the same time.

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