Bush Daughters Pen Heartfelt Letter to Sasha and Malia Obama

"In eight years, you have done so much. Seen so much," the Bush twins wrote

Former President George W. Bush's daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, penned a letter of advice to President Barack Obama's daughters days before the family officially moves out of the White House.

In the letter published online by Time on Thursday and read aloud on the Today Show Friday, the Bush twins, now 35, tell 18-year-old Malia Obama and 15-year-old Sasha that as "former First Children," they'll be taking a position they "didn't seek and one with no guidelines."

The Bushes advise the Obamas to draw on their many experiences during their time in the White House and use them to "help guide you in making positive change."

They wrote, in part: 

"In eight years, you have done so much. Seen so much. You stood at the gates of the Robben Island cell where South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, your arms around your father. You traveled to Liberia and Morocco with your mom to talk with girls about the importance of education—girls who saw themselves in you, saw themselves in your parents, saw who they could become if they continued to study and learn. You attended state dinners, hiked in national parks, met international leaders and managed to laugh at your dad’s jokes during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, all while being kids, attending school and making friends. We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease. 

And through it all you had each other. Just like we did."

The Bush twins also poked a bit of fun at themselves in the note by telling the Obamas to enjoy college, adding "as most of the world knows, we did."

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