Malia Obama Asked Barack and Michelle to “Be Chill” in Front of Her Prom Date
It doesn’t matter if you’re a suburban teen or the child of an extremely famous person, the reality is, your parents are going to embarrass you sometimes. Not even Barack and Michelle Obama are exempt to the powerful force that is teenage mortification.
In her new memoir Becoming, Michelle revealed that her daughter Malia reminded her parents — who were casually running the United States at the time — to “be cool” as a boy picked her up to take her to prom.
“Her embarrassment [had] already [begun] to smolder as we rode the elevator downstairs,” Obama wrote, according to People. “I was barefoot, and Barack was in flip-flops. Malia wore a long black skirt and an elegant bare-shouldered top. She looked beautiful and about twenty-three years old.”
Overall, the former First Lady reports that Malia found the whole thing “a big excruciating,” but “still laughs” about it, so hey, it couldn’t have been that bad. Plus, it sounds like the boy managed to make it in and out of the White House without dissolving into a puddle of nervous sweat.
“On the appointed evening, her date arrived in his car,” Obama wrote, “clearing security at the southeast gate of the White House, following the path up and around the South Lawn by which heads of state and other visiting dignitaries normally arrived, and then gamely — bravely — walking into the Dip Room dressed in a black suit.”
Prom can be a nerve-wracking night for both children and parents, but Michelle wasn’t too worried — because Secret Service third wheeled the whole thing.
“Barack and I shook the young man’s hand, snapped a few pictures, and gave our daughter a hug before sending them on their way,” Michelle wrote. “We took what was perhaps unfair comfort in the knowledge that Malia’s security detail would basically ride the boy’s bumper all the way to the restaurant where they were going for dinner before the dance and would remain on quiet duty throughout the night.”
Ah, to be an Obama.