Malia and Sasha Obama, the former president’s daughters, were only 10 and 7 years old when they came to Washington to live in the White House. Now that they’re out of the White House, here are some stories that couldn’t be told about them until now.
The Untold Truth Of the Obama Sisters
For eight years they lived in the public eye, which can be daunting for anyone, let alone young children. But they have both matured into young women with lives of their own, and their parents are certainly proud.
Michelle’s Job Interview
The two first daughters were both delivered at the same hospital by family friend Anita Blanchard, and this took place just as their father’s political ambitions were kicking into high gear. Michelle described how she would juggle all responsibilities during the time that Barack was preparing for his run for Senator for the great state of Illinois; Michelle had to take Sasha, who was still an infant, with her to her job interview. Nevertheless, all her efforts would pay off.
Michelle’s Future Boss
Michelle was very up front and direct with her potential employer. In fact, here is what she told her future boss: “This is what I have: I have two small kids. My husband is running for the U.S. Senate. I will not work part time. I need flexibility. I need a good salary. I need to be able to afford babysitting. And if you can do all that… I can work hard on a flexible schedule.’ I was very clear. And he said yes to everything.”
Malia and Sasha thought that moving into the White House was going to make life easy, but they soon learned that they had chores in the White House as well. Both Barack and Michelle made sure that they kept a strict bedtime of 8 P.M. and that they completed a string of chores each day. Among these, as reported in the New York Times, they had to make their own beds, clean up after their dogs and get themselves ready for school in the morning.
Michelle’s Last Job Interview
Michelle might have shown up to her last job interview with a baby on her lap, but she also came with some serious credentials. She graduated from Princeton with honors as an undergraduate and then studied law at Harvard. Although she practiced law for a while in Chicago, she followed in her husband’s trail blazing footsteps and assumed the title of Community Organizer. Michelle grew up with a strong emphasis placed on education in her family.
The Best Schools In Chicago
Sasha and Malia always attended the best schools. In Chicago, they attended the expensive University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, a mid-sized private academic establishment with approximately 1,700 students. After Obama was elected, there was a lot of talk about whether the girls would attend public school or private school; as the president-elect had run on a populist platform and many thought it would be hypocritical for him to send his own children to elite private schools.
Security and The Press
In the end, private school won out on the grounds that it would be easier to deal with security and the press. Hillary Clinton, one of Michelle’s predecessors in the role of first lady, was once advised to send Chelsea to private school for exactly the same reason. Barack and Michelle wanted Sasha and Malia to feel as normal as possible, and so the chose the prestigious Sidwell Friends School, a Quaker school that has a history of hosting the children of government officials.
At this point, there is a good chance that Malia has a new celebrity crush and her Nick Jonas posters have all been replaced, but back in 2009 he was her celebrity crush. Obama announced this fun little fact during his 2008 presidential campaign. Of course for a young girl such a leak can be a little upsetting. No one wants their crush revealed, especially by their father on television. However, this was made up for when Michelle arranged for them to meet on the Ellen Show.
Sasha and Malia grew up pretty quickly and in no time, Malia began to learn to drive. She was taught by her Secret Service detail. The Obama parents had tried to keep their children’s upbringing normal, but this was one area in which an exception was required. As Michelle explained to Rachael Ray, her then 16-year-old daughter was not only taught to drive by her Secret Service agents, but Michelle wasn’t allowed to join them for the occasion.
Secret Service Driving School
Malia had to be on her own to learn to drive or she would not have a somewhat “regular” setting. Michelle describes, “Driving for Malia, I think, gives her a sense of normalcy, like the rest of her friends are doing. And my kids have got to learn how to live in the world like normal kids.” These are things any mother would want for her children. Given the environment and situation, it is understandable why such things can be hard to keep “normal.”
Watching over another human being and having to guard them with your life can be quite a stressful job. That stress doubles when it is the President of the United States. When you have to watch over the president’s daughters, that stress can easily triple. Although it is a stressful and difficult job, the Secret Service managed to have fun with it and gave the Obama daughters adorable code names. Malia’s code name was Radiance, while Sasha’s was Rosebud.
A Very Sick Child
At the same time that future President Obama was making his move to climb the political ladder, he was hit with a family conflict that easily could have put an end to his career goals; especially one of such a high calling. As Barack was seeking his Senate seat, daughter Sasha was diagnosed with meningitis, a potentially fatal disease. Despite the many challenges that the President was to meet in the White House in later years, he still counts this as the most difficult point of his life.
Obama’s Town Hall Meeting
Obama described at a 2009 town hall meeting how his “precious pea” developed the disease at the young age of 3 months old. He explained the events as drawing all of his attention away from possibly more serious political issues. In a such a situation, your child takes top priority and everything else is secondary and of much less importance. Fortunately, Sasha pulled through and became the youngest child to reside in the White House since the presidency of John F. Kennedy.
When the girls started dating, Obama joked that he wasn’t concerned since they had the security of the Secret Service to watch their every move and because of the example that had been set for them by their mother. He shared, “Michelle, she’s such a great example of how she carries herself, her self-esteem not depending on boys to validate how you look or you know, not letting yourself be judged by anything other than your character and intelligence.”
They received so many presents over the course of their stay at the White House that it became somewhat overwhelming. An attempt was also made to keep the girls’ allowances low. When they were living in Chicago, they received a dollar for cleaning up their toys and setting the dining room table. They did of course enjoy the privileges of having wealthy and successful parents and attending the best schools such as the University of Chicago Laboratory School and Sidwell Friends School.
Obama’s daughters have always been considered by him as the highlight of his life. In an open letter to his daughters, published in the magazine Parade following his first inauguration, the new president listed his hopes for their future. He thanked them for their cooperation and patience during his long campaign and wrote of his aspirations that his daughters would reflect in their lives much of what he hoped to accomplish through his public policy.
In addition to their father’s open letter, Sasha and Malia also received a private letter from the Bush twins, Jenna and Barbara. The touching letter, written to the girls as they left the White House after eight yeas in residence, reminisced about their first meeting and their shared home. It also touched upon the ability of girls around the world to see themselves in the first daughters and commit to education, and their futures, because of the example they set.
Youth As A Whole
Explaining that the reason he ran for office was to help the nation to achieve that which would be good for both of his daughters as well as the nation’s youth, Obama wrote: “I realized that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that’s why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.”
The Obama sisters may not get a very large allowance but this is certainly made up for by ample gifts. As a thank you gift from their parents for putting up with the whole procedure of the political campaign and the election process, the girls received a gift from Sen. Ted Kennedy which fit their needs exactly. It was a dog, and they wanted a dog. He is hypoallergenic and that was of major importance because of Malia’s allergies. The dog’s name, Bo, even reflected the initials for Barack Obama; although we’re told that the sisters named it after Bo Diddly.
The Obama family were not Bo’s first owners. In fact, Bo wasn’t even Bo’s first name. Before he lived in the white house, Bo was named Charlie. He wasn’t a big success in his first home. He was originally purchased to be a companion for a female dog, yet Bo kept trying to suckle her which proved to be annoying. With that, he was returned from where he came and eventually ended up being the most powerful dog in the world.
Portuguese Water Dog
As mentioned above, Bo is a Portuguese Water Dog. Given how gallant the breed is, it was the perfect choice for the first dog. Portuguese Water Dog’s are very loving, independent, intelligent and easily trained. It’s a combination that leaves for a wonderful companion. Bo has shown this time and time again. From media and talk show appearances, Bo has been nothing but a class act, and it could not have gone better. He has earned himself some celebrity status.
The Second Dog
In 2013 a second dog named Sunny was added to help fill the void left by Malia and Sasha growing up and having less time to spend with Bo. As the President explained, between schools, sports practice, and all the other things that his daughters were involved in, they had less and less time to spend with Bo who was left alone and getting a little depressed. The addition of a second dog was the perfect solution to deal with the issue.
Bo’s sister, Sunny, has for the most part been a good dog, yet she has brushed shoulders with controversy a few times. While at a military arts and crafts event in 2013, Sunny shamelessly knocked over a two year old girl. Luckily, no injuries were sustained. Sunny would make the news again in 2017. This time taking her antics to a whole other level. She bit a White House visitor in the face, and it was a bite that was serious enough for stitches.
Raised to Play
Sasha and Malia both love tennis. Their mother, Michelle had a lot to do with this, since she was not able to play the sport growing up, she pressured her daughters to take it up. This was made public in a speech she made at the 2013 U.S. Open. “It’s a great way to stay healthy, to stay fit. It’s a lifelong sport, it’s something I’ve tried to tell my kids — I forced them into playing tennis,” she said.
In an interview with the New York Times, Michelle told the reporter that she encourages her daughters to choose two sports, one they enjoy and one they wouldn’t otherwise choose. As she explained it, “I want them to understand what it feels like to do something you don’t like and to improve.” Malia actually happened to be very good at tennis and at one point she was thought to be on track for a college career in the sport.
When the President visited Cuba, Malia came in handy. It seems that Barack’s Spanish skills were not strong and Malia served as his interpreter. He shared: “Spanish is much better than mine, and I’m hoping she has a chance to get entirely fluent. She’s had several opportunities to practice her fluency from her class trip to Oaxaca, Mexico in 2012 to her internship at the US embassy in Spain to a secret three month South American trip coming up later this year.”
During the last campaign, Sasha was believed to have set up a Twitter account in support of Hillary Clinton. This prompted her father to declare that “Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk. I mean, Sasha tweets, but she doesn’t think that she thereby should be sitting behind the desk.” This of course, was intended as a slap against Donald Trump, who having not served as president, was busy tweeting his thoughts on everything.
The Obamas made every effort to keep their daughters from being spoiled by the lavish lifestyle that tends to accompany celebrity. For example, the girls were told that they would not receive birthday presents since the expense of the parties themselves was sufficient reward for those events. While no presents came from the parents, that didn’t stop others from giving to them. According to Time Magazine, Malia and Sasha were amongst some of the most influential girls in America.
Real Life Work Experience
The girls got real part-time jobs outside of the house. Malia interned for HBO’s Girls and was hired to work on the set for the Halle Berry show Extant as a production assistant. This often meant getting people coffee and keeping the set clear. Sasha’s first job was working at the drive thru window at a seafood restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard. This job included everything from manning the cash register to cleaning tables. Their part-time jobs were meant to keep the girls humble.
For the most part Sasha and Malia left the White House with a clean record. However, a few things did come up regarding Malia during her stay as first daughter. Toward the end of the summer of 2016, rumors were abounding that Malia had been seen at a wild party on Martha’s Vineyard that had to be broken up by the police while the family was vacationing in the area. Just before this she was allegedly caught smoking substances at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Malia completed high school as the Obama’s were leaving the White House. She has planned to continue her studies at Harvard but wants to take a break to get some other experiences in her life. Some have met this with support while others are critical of her alternative goals. Also, it was noted that Sasha was missing from the stage when Obama gave his farewell address, which included a touching and beautiful tribute to his family, in Chicago.
The Pressure Is On
Malia will have a lot to live up to when she begins taking classes at the prestigious Harvard University. A number of genius and highly influential individuals have attended, including her father, Barack Obama. Along with him, several other great political leaders including seven other presidents. Among the Harvard graduate list in addition to Barack is George W. Bush, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.
Don’t think for one second that Harvard is the kind of school that one can buy your way into with money. On the contrary, one needs to work very hard to get into Harvard. That means you need a 4.1 GPA or higher. If it’s lower then this, you’ll need to compensate for this with through the roof SAT scores. Even with those you’ll still need to impress them with a great application. That said, between soccer and tennis, Malia definitely hit the books in order to get in.
Sasha Had Other Priorities
Sasha had other priorities and was busy and focused with her school. She reportedly had a science test that she couldn’t skip the morning after the speech; so that is why she was not able to travel to her home city to attend her Dad’s farewell speech. She worked hard to keep her school work separate from Dad’s busy political life. The family plans to reside in Washington until she has completed her high school studies.
So what is former first daughter Malia Obama doing on her gap year? Well, pursuing one of her greatest interests, of course. Malia is a movie buff, and her interest in cinema has led her to take on yet another internship in the movie industry. Malia has formerly interned for the HBO series Girls as well as for the CBS drama Extant. Her latest gig is at The Weinstein Company in New York, a company headed by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, a big Obama financial backer.
With Malia wanting to study film, some would question if Harvard was the best choice for university. It’s quite some ways from Hollywood. Keep in mind that Harvard is a world renowned school and it doesn’t have this title for nothing. Given that it’s top of the line in most everything it touches, film is no exception. The course is known for being very hands on and tough. It’s also known for introducing to the world some of Hollywood’s finest film directors.
Barack Obama has explained that Hillary Clinton’s loss was disappointing for the girls. They believed in her message and in the support that their parents had given her campaign. He told the press: “They were disappointed. They paid attention to what their mom said during the campaign and believed it, because it’s consistent with what we’ve tried to teach them in our household, what I’ve tried to model as a father with their mom, and what we’ve asked them to expect from future boyfriends or spouses.”
Sasha’s Hard Work
Sasha will be graduating from high school in 2019. With her background of being the President’s daughter, we can surely expect nothing but great things from her. One thing is for sure and that’s that she is no stranger to hard work. Don’t get the idea that Sasha is getting waited on hand and foot, that isn’t the case. She has really worked hard in school. School aside, she also has her cashier job at seafood restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard.
Malia’s New Man
Malia seems to have her path figured out for the time being. She has recently been spotted walking with a young man who has been identified as 23 year old Rob Franklin. The two apparently met while at Men’s Fashion Week. We can’t help but wonder what Barack Obama’s thoughts on this specific matter. Although seeing as they were spotted with a female friend and bodyguard, this can be just friendship. However, that does not stop gossip from going around.
Settling Into Retirement
Whilst our former President and first lady are taking trips to the islands and settling into retirement, we can rest assure that the Obama name won’t quickly fall into obscurity and be forgotten like some of our past presidents. In fact, the Obama family is still living in our nation’s capitol, not exactly in the White House, but not far from it. With these two girls coming to age in the center of our country, who knows what we can expect.
Where Michelle and Barack Obama First Met
The Obama sisters were well planned and waited for. Michelle and Barack met while they were both working for a law firm in Chicago. The two ended up dating for three years before getting married in 1992. They didn’t just get married and start having kids though. The Obama’s didn’t have Malia until about six years later in 1998. Sasha came to be in 2001. By this time, the Obamas were already well established in life.
Obama Sister’s Introduction
It wasn’t hard for the world to fall in love with the Obama sisters. They were first introduced to us as President Obama was giving his victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park. Malia was ten, while Sasha was seven at the time. At that time, Sasha was the youngest child to live in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. back in the 1960’s. As they grow up, they will likely continue to be in the spotlight as some of the most loved first children.
Sasha Excels in Athletics
Sasha isn’t only a star cheerleader at her school, but she also kicks butt on the basketball and tennis courts. That said, this leaves one to question if the US has a future star athlete on their hands with the Obama name. Sasha’s full name is Natasha but her friends and teammates just call her Sasha for short. Before she moved into the White House at the age of seven, Sasha was already a skilled tap dancer as well.
No More Secret Service
Former president Obama and the former first lady, Michelle are set for life in terms of security. They have had secret service agents watching over them and they will continue to do so until they pass; for the Obama daughters, this just isn’t so. They are only promised security until the age of eighteen. While Sasha still has a couple more years to go, Malia is already a free woman walking in the world as a civilian.
Life After The White House
While in an interview with Ellen, Michelle Obama stated that she expect life as a civilian would take some major adjusting for the girls. Seeing as the girls were both very young when they moved in, life after the White House will surely going to be strange. There will be no security watching over them for the whole day and in some places they will be treated as normal citizens while in others they won’t be. This will certainly be a huge adjustment.
A thirty year old Brooklyn native named Jair Nilton Cardoso has been stalking Malia for quite some time now. The stalker was finally arrested when he entered the Tribeca office she was interning at and asked her to marry him. However, that wasn’t the first time he was caught in the act. It was reported that he tried following her after she left a building the West Village. Agents recognized him immediately and told him to leave her alone.
Just how big of a threat is Jair Nilton Cardoso? At the moment not much, but that does not mean they should forget about it. After he was caught for his antics, he was detained by the Secret Service. They took him to a Brooklyn hospital where he was given a psychological evaluation. While this was happening, they searched his Flatbush Ave. apartment. Seeing as he was caught trying to get inside the White House several times in the past, the threat was not taken lightly.
The Slumber Party
It was heartbreaking when their father’s run as president came to an end, and of course there were some tears when it came to leaving their beautiful home of eight years. Interestingly, the Obama daughters spent their final night in the White House by throwing a massive slumber party with eight of their close friends. What they wanted to eat at the slumber party was something that every kid in America can relate to: pizza and nuggets.
When it came down to naming Malia, Obama had it covered. He wanted her to have a powerful name, yet one that also touched on tradition. He wanted to choose a name that had Arabic and African roots. With that in mind, he came up with the name Malia, which translates to “queen.” Seeing her these days she is nothing short of that. Malia always carries herself with grace and elegance, and it is certain that the future holds many wonderful things for the former first daughter.
Malia’s Active Life
Growing up, Malia was skilled in basketball, tennis, volleyball and soccer. She was also a great dancer and piano player. While growing up in Washington DC, Malia was a four year varsity volleyball, tennis and basketball player. She was one of three women to ever win the Gatorade player of the year in two different sports. She won multiple championships in each sport she competed in and was even chosen as a AVCA Under Amour All-American and McDonald’s All-American.
Sasha and Malia Dolls
TY Inc is the company that introduced the world to Beanie Babies back in the 1990’s. In 2009, the toy company returned to the limelight with a Malia and Sasha dolls. Of course, they were produced in the same style of Beanie Babies, and the Sasha and Malia dolls were both given special names. They names they were given were: Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha. These are sure to become collectors items at some point in the future.
Let Girls Learn
When Michelle Obama took off for a three nation tour to promote “Let Girls Learn”, Sasha and Malia were right there beside her. The three went to Libya, Morocco, and Spain to talk with the country’s leaders about female education and how they can broaden the access to it. They are certainly getting an early grasp on politics. Trips like these provide the basis for a strong future in international relations. It will certainly help out if either one of them has political ambitions.
Exchange For Malia’s Hand
A Kenyan lawyer named Felix Kiprono was prepared to give it all when he offered fifty cows, seventy sheep and thirty goats in exchange for Malia’s hand in marriage. If you thought the stalker’s proposal was the oddest, you were wrong. For ovbious reasons, she turned this generous fellow down. Not only did she find this offer a little creepy, but at the time it was 2015 and she was only 16 years old. However, it is likely she would turn him down even if she was of age.