'Don't put Obama girls in ad'

2009-08-11 22:39

Washington - The White House objected on Tuesday to the use of President Barack Obama's daughters in a promotion advocating healthier school lunches.

More than a dozen posters in Washington's Union Station began appearing last week featuring a young eight-year-old girl thinking: "President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don't I?"

The posters were put on display by a local non-profit, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which wants to reform laws governing the nutritional policies in schools.

The story was first reported by the Washington Post. The group has refused to take down the posters.

"We hope that others will be respectful, as many in the media have been, about not using the girls as a publicity stunt," White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said of Malia, 11 and Sasha, 8.

Since taking office, Obama and wife Michelle have been highly protective of their family life, although their girls had a higher profile during the campaign.

"We've been very clear, I think, from even before the administration started that their two girls would have a very private life, and we want to protect that private life," Gibbs said.