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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's two daughters have been invited to visit the White House, their future home starting Jan. 20, said First Lady Laura Bush's spokeswoman on Tuesday.

The U.S. First Daughters-to-be, Malia Obama, 10, and Sasha, 7, were expected to visit their future residence later the day along with their mother, Michelle, and maternal grandmother Marian Robinson, said Sally McDonough.

The invitation was sent on Nov. 10, when the First Lady met with Michelle in the White House, she added.

Mrs. Obama's spokeswoman, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, also confirmed that Michelle and her children were expected to tour the First Family's residential rooms at the White House.

"The first lady graciously invited Mrs. Obama, her mother and the girls to visit what will be their new home," Lelyveld said. "Of course, Mrs. Obama greatly appreciated this invitation to provide an opportunity for the girls to feel at home and become comfortable in this transition process."

The family has also visited some selected schools for the two daughters "to make sure we find the right fit," said Lelyveld.

The Obama's family will move to Washington, D.C. from Chicago, where Obama started his political career and served as a Senator, after he is sworn in as the next president on Jan. 20.

(Xinhua News Agency November 19, 2008)

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