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Media moments the Obama sisters can never erase
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23.08.2017

Media moments the Obama sisters can never erase

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Sasha and Malia Obama have been in the spotlight since they were 7 and 10 years old, respectively, when their father, Barack Obama, was elected president of the United States in 2008. Whether they're getting flack for not being enthused about the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning or popping up on Snapchat during an intense game of beer pong, the Obama sisters are no-doubt blossoming into young women with a presence. Their father's time in the spotlight may be winding down, but America's fascination with the Obama girls isn't likely to wane. Here are some of the top media moments from their time in the White House that these former first daughters can never erase.

When they took an inauguration selfie

Presidential teenagers are still teenagers. The public was reminded of this oft-forgotten fact at the 2013 inauguration when Malia and Sasha whipped out their phones and started taking selfies during the inaugural parade. Their duck faces and Sasha's froggy phone case nearly stole the show from their reelected father. Sasha even tried to take a photo of her parents stealing a kiss, but Malia swooped in at the last minute to photobomb the moment. Talk about being comfortable in the spotlight!
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When they didn't give a 'cluck' at the turkey pardoning

The annual presidential turkey pardon can admittedly be a corny ceremony. Throw in a few dad jokes, and you have a cringe-worthy time for any teenager, but both Sasha and Malia were harshly criticized for seeming too disinterested at the event in 2014. According to the Independent Journal Review, GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten called out both teens, telling them to "Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar" and "certainly don't make faces during televised, public events." Lauten later apologized.

Keep in mind, Malia and Sasha endured holiday jokes from the commander in cheese for years: "I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren't so lucky, who didn't get to ride the gravy train to freedom," he quipped in 2016. Can anyone really blame them for rolling their eyes?
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At what would have been their last turkey pardon in 2016, the first daughters were given a reprieve of their own and chose not to attend the ceremony. Barack's much younger nephews came out to see the turkey instead, according to the Daily Mail.

When Malia partied at Brown University

While on a college tour in 2015, Malia decided to partake in (or at least observe) some traditional collegiate activities at Brown University. The Daily Caller (via Us Weekly) published a Snapchat screenshot of the first daughter standing close to a table littered with red plastic cups. Twitter exploded with observations from Brown students. "Standing next to Malia Obama at a party nbd," read one of the many tweets (via Buzzfeed); another twitter user claimed the first daughter was "taking shots and playing beer pong." Brown students later apologized for the leaked photos through an editorial in the student newspaper, The Brown Daily Herald, admitting the campus "had no chill" during the visit. Needless to say, Malia chose to attend Harvard University instead.
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When Malia partied in Maryland

The aforementioned college visit wasn't the only time Malia was photographed near a beer pong game. In the summer of 2016, the Daily Mail obtained a photo of the first daughter, via Snapchat, standing next to another table of cups and cans. She was allegedly at a house party in Maryland, and though an underage Malia wasn't actually seen holding or sipping a drink, the social media post went viral in a hurry.

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Are you sensing a theme? The highly gossiped about Maryland party came just days after police in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.—where the Obamas were vacationing—reportedly broke up a wild party Malia had allegedly attended. Citing "national security," police declined to confirm her presence at the bash, according to the Boston Herald.

When Sasha fangirled over Ryan Reynolds

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In a moment relatable to sisters everywhere (if sisters everywhere met celebs on the regular), Malia played wing-woman for Sasha when her little sis met actor Ryan Reynolds. The girls were dressed to the nines in ballgowns and attending their first state dinner in 2016, when White House photographer Pete Souza snapped an endearing image of the siblings meeting the Deadpool (2016) star. In the photo, Sasha looks giddy chatting with Reynolds while Malia photobombs her in the background with a thumbs-up. Social media lost its mind.

When this Instagram photo leaked

Early in 2015, a grainy image emerged of a teenage girl fixing her long, dark hair and staring, lips parted, into the camera. The girl was (gasp!) Malia, in what the New York Post called "one of her first social media leaks since her father took office six years ago." In this day and age, that's an admirable feat for a teenager.
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The Instagram pic was posted to Brooklyn rap collective Pro Era's account. In the photo, Malia is sporting a white t-shirt with the band's logo. Coincidentally, the group is led by rapper Joey Bada$$, who was arrested and charged with assault while on tour in New Zealand, reported Page Six. According to The Washington Post, a rep for Bada$$ said the photo was legit and had been received from a mutual friend of one of the group's members.

Until this image, we knew little about this first daughter's musical tastes, though who could forget when the Jonas Brothers surprised Malia and Sasha as part of a scavenger hunt to get to know their way around the White House in 2009.

When Malia allegedly smoked, twerked at Lollapalooza
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Fresh off her high school graduation, Malia headed to Chicago to attend Lollapalooza in the summer of 2016. After the festival, Radar Online released a video, allegedly showing Malia smoking a cigarette that may or may not have contained marijuana. There were also photos and videos of her twerking at the concert.

Republican Sen. John McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, even reached across party lines to stick up for the first kid's party antics, tweeting to the tabloid Page Six to "leave Malia Obama alone!" Days after the incident, Malia was spotted wearing a "Smoking Kills" t-shirt—perhaps a tongue-in-cheek reference to the brouhaha?

Worth noting: Barack Obama admitted in his memoir that he smoked pot and "maybe a little blow" as a younger man. Also, marijuana was decriminalized in Illinois, where Malia was allegedly caught with the alleged joint, allegedly.
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When Malia broke down at her dad's farewell speech


During their time in the White House, the Obama ladies were known for their poise in public, but Malia was moved to tears during a tender moment in her father's farewell speech in Chicago in January 2017. "Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion," their dad said, as Malia wiped her eyes. "You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad."

Sasha was not in attendance. A White House official said little sis stayed home because "it was a school night and she [had] an exam in the morning," reported People.
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Malia's awkward Lollapalooza dancing...

Malia enjoyed Lollapalooza in July 2017 very much. The former first daughter was spotted dancing to The Killers, writhing around on the ground, and generally having more fun than the rest of us. Sources told TMZ that she spent most of her time backstage with a pal, but that she came out to dance in the general area with plebeians a few times.

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Malia may have had a little too much fun at Lollapalooza. TMZ spied her being driven around in a golf cart, seemingly out of it. You can see her seeming to nod off in the video, though it's a bit unfair to assume anything shady was the cause—after dancing around outdoors in heat and sun all day, exhaustion and dehydration are possible, and considering she's the daughter of a former president, chances are security (including transportation) would have been provided no matter what condition she appeared to be in.

She did have a legit mishap, however. Page Six reported that she lost her phone at the music festival. "Malia came into the Apple Store to get her iPhone replaced, but things didn't go exactly [as planned]," a source said. "The Apple Store couldn't immediately help her because she didn't have the Apple ID or the password for the missing phone, since the White House set it up."

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