The Obama sisters, Malia and Sasha, were ten and seven years old when the first moved into the White House. Since then, Sasha has largely enjoyed life and finished her teen years out of the spotlight.

When the Obama presidency ended in January of 2017, Sasha was almost 16. The Obama family decided to stay in Washington, D.C. in order for Sasha to finish her high school years there. They rented a large home in the Kalorama neighborhood after leaving the White House.

While the sisters have pursued their goals and tried to stay out of the public eye, their lives are not normal yet. Both Malia and Sasha have security details that are apart of their daily lives.

Now Sasha is 19 and graduated from the Sidwell Friends School last spring. After a fun summer that including a family trip to the south of France, she attended the University of Michigan in the fall.

“I think it’s cool that even though her family went to Ivy League schools, she decided that UM was the caliber high enough to match that of an Ivy League school,” said Jessica Brinser, a Michigan sophomore at the time, to the Detroit News. “We hope she finder her fit here just like we all have. We love it here. We hope she does too.”

In the Netflix documentary about Michelle Obama, Becoming, the former first lady said, “That has been exhilarating, to watch the two little beings you were in charge of grow up.” She also said she frequently sends text reminders to her daughters and gives them advice.

“Gosh, I give them so much advice that they are sick of me,” Michelle told Oprah in an interview.

Sasha said in an interview for her mother’s film on Netflix, “I’m excited for her to be proud of what she’s done, cause I think that’s the most important thing for a human to do, is to be proud of themselves.”


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