Sasha And Malia Obama Spent Their Final Night In The White House Like Normal Teenagers

Their mom revealed all.

Former President Barack Obama's two daughters Sasha and Malia spent eight formative years of their lives in the White House. So how did they commemorate their final night there? With a pizza party, of course.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently spoke at the annual American Institute of Architecture conference, where she revealed that Sasha, 15, and Malia, 18, invited a small group of friends to sleep over, and — like most teenagers — they made sure to ask for snacks.

"They had a sleepover, because of course on Inauguration Day, because my girls are so normal, they're like, 'Well, eight girls are gonna be sleeping here because it's our last time, and we want pizza and we want nuggets.' And it's like, really?" Mrs. Obama shared at last Thursday's Q&A, according to Today.


This down-to-earth story highlights how important it is to let the children of public figures be normal kids. That includes current President Donald Trump's son Barron, now 11, who unfortunately became the butt of online jokes after January's inauguration. Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton came to his defense on social media shortly thereafter, writing that "Barron Trump deserves the chance every child does-to be a kid."

Mrs. Obama, meanwhile, added that the transition out of the White House was an emotional one for her daughters. 

"So that moment of transition, right before the doors opened and we welcomed in the new family, our kids were leaving out the back door in tears, saying goodbye to people," she said, joking that she was trying not to cry herself, "because people would swear I was crying because of the new president."

Before leaving, the Obamas donated Sasha and Malia's White House swing set to kids at a local shelter, and even took the time to play with them on it.

Mrs. Obama has spent the months since her husband left office enjoying vacation time and visiting schools in the D.C. area. During Thursday's event, she revealed one simple but surprisingly significant difference between her family's life in the White House and their life now.

"Friends are surprised I answer the door now," she said, adding that the family dogs Bo and Sunny had never even heard a doorbell.

The former First Lady mentioned her daughters again when explaining why she has no plans to run for office. She reiterated the reason she gave last December, when she told Oprah Winfrey, "I wouldn't do that to my kids, because what people don't understand is that you run, their lives stop, at any age."

In yet another example of the family's efforts to keep things normal for their daughters, the Obamas are staying in Washington, D.C. so Sasha can complete high school.


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