In case being President of the United States of America didn’t carry enough pressure – Obama now has even more on his plate. That’s because his older daughter, Malia, just became a teenager. Appropriately enough, on July 4th, 2011 Malia officially became 13.Malia was born on July 4, 1998 at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Keeping Hopes Up
The President has said that, so far, both Malia and Sasha are kind and respectful. As he said,
“I could not ask for better kids. I’m not anticipating complete mayhem for the next four, five years. But I understand teenage-hood is complicated.”
During a fundraiser last month, however, Obama did say about his daughters that, “They’re getting a little too old and too cute,” referring to his daughters.
Not the First to Set the Standard
Certainly, Malia is not the first White House teenager The White House has had the Johnson girls, the Ford children, Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton and the Bush twins.So far, the Obamas have done a great job guarding their girls’ privacy and keeping them grounded. Michelle Obama discussed social media and kids this year, explaining that she hasn’t let her daughters get Facebook accounts.
Protection Has Its Advantages
Obama joked on ABC News recently that the Secret Service protection that his daughters have is great. As he said, “I have men with guns that surround them often, and a great incentive for running for reelection is that it means they never get in the car with a boy who had a beer, and that’s a pretty good thing.”Theodore Roosevelt may have said it best when he told a visiting dignitary that, “I can do one of two things. I can be President of the United States or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both.”Time will tell if President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share this sentiment.