What Malia Obama’s Prom Night Was Like as First Daughter, According to Michelle
Michelle Obama definitively answered the question several teen films have tried to in the past: What is prom really like when you’re the daughter of the President of the United States? In Michelle’s memoir Becoming, the former first lady recounted what her oldest daughter Malia’s prom night was like. People ran the excerpt.
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In spring 2015, Malia was invited to prom “by a boy she kind of liked,” her mom wrote, according to People. Malia had only asked her parents Barack and Michelle “just be cool please, okay?” when he came.
Here’s where her prom night gets a little different from most teens. As first daughter, she and her younger sister Sasha weren’t permitted to travel in vehicles with anyone but Secret Service. The former POTUS and FLOTUS made an exception for Malia on her prom night, so she could travel with her date to prom.
“On the appointed evening, her date arrived in his car,” Michelle wrote of prom night, “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.”
Malia was a little embarrassed by her parents “as we rode the elevator downstairs,” her mom recalled. “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.” Barack and Michelle successfully played it cool, although Malia found their whole encounter with him to be “a bit excruciating,” Michelle wrote. Typical teen.