Sasha Obama has had her parents to herself this summer -- and the absence of her older sister has sparked a recurring question on cyberspace: Where's Malia?
The answer is summer camp -- a rite of passage experienced by generations of US kids.
And as many parents can tell you, it's a rite of passage for the parents as much as the camper. "I may shed a tear," the president said in a recent interview.
In most camps, there are strict rules governing communication with home, to help the child adjust.