Why Michelle Obama Doesn't Think Malia Is Quite Ready to Fly the Nest
With just a little over a month left in the White House, the Obama family is starting to say goodbye to their old life as the First Family—and the home they've lived in for the past 8 years.
"They're ready to get out, just out from their parents' house. The fact that their parents' house is the White House may add to it," President Barack Obama told People in a joint interview with his wife. "But Malia's going off to college. She's a grown woman." The First Lady however disagrees with at least part of that statement: "I don't know about that, she's still a baby," she playfully insisted about her oldest daughter, to which her husband replied, "She's still our baby."
18-year-old Malia graduated from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. this past May and is taking a gap year before heading off to Harvard in the fall of 2017. 15-year-old Sasha is currently a sophomore at the same school, and will be living with her parents in their new home in the D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama come Inauguration Day.
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"There’s a sentimentality about this place, that they’ve had so many amazing experiences, and the staff are part of the family," said the President of their years in the White House. "It is different for them than for most kids in that when they leave, they won’t be able to come back home ... Malia’s spoken about how she regrets the fact that she won’t have that home base in the same way."
Despite the sentimentality, the girls are definitely, "ready to get out of the nest," he added. "We don’t think they’re ready, but they certainly think they’re ready." Even the First Parents feel that classic paternal sentiment of not wanting to let go. They're just like us!
Watch an excerpt from the interview above, and the full People interview of President and Mrs. Obama here, and get ready for some major #marriagegoals inspiration.