Malia Obama shows approval of dad's pact to reduce weapons

Thursday July 9, 2009

She's only eleven, but it seems Barack Obama's elder daughter Malia already has strong political views.

Spotted wearing a peace symbol t-shirt in Rome this week, it appears the youngster has no qualms about showing these opinions off to the world.

The logo, designed for the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) in 1958, is widely used as an international sign for anti-war protesters.

Malia's outing came just 48 hours after her father came to an agreement with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow to reduce their respective countries' stockpile of nuclear weapons.

Although it's unknown if Malia had encouraged her dad to reach the deal, the new understanding between America and Russia will see the two countries bring down their combined number of warheads from 2,200 to 1,500.

The deal has won approval from the CND with a spokesperson saying "the first step has been taken" in abolishing nuclear weapons.

"Perhaps Malia has been the driving force behind the administration's push towards a new disarmament deal? We'll get an 'I'd-rather-grow-up-than-blow-up' T-shirt in the post to her straight away," adds the peace organisation's rep.

Photo: © PA

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