We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sorry, but the children of prominent people SHOULD be in private schools for their own safety. They are subject to far more danger than other children and more precaution has to be taken. It's perfectly understandable why the Obamas, because of their prominence, would choose to place their girls in a private school where they could be much safer.
No real need in a small community like Alaska, I would think, where people know each other very well and would catch hell for bothering someone else's kids. In a major city like Chicago, not for a minute should Obama, or anyone else so prominent, expose his kids to the danger from some deranged individual.