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Malia Obama turns 16 on Independence Day

Malia Obama turns sixteen on Independence Day
Malia Obama turns sixteen on Independence Day
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According to People magazine on Friday, Malia Obama turns 16 on Independence Day. She is the oldest daughter of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and older sister to Sasha. As the nation celebrates a national holiday, the first daughter celebrates a milestone birthday.

CBS reported that in the past, the first family celebrated Malia's birthday with her at Camp David. This year the White House won't say what is planned for her birthday since the president has often said he wants to keep his daughters out of the spotlight. However, a Pitbull concert is slated to take over the South Lawn of the executive mansion.

Malia was only 10 years old when her father became the first black President of the United States. Her parents had some trepidation about uprooting their daughters and moving them from Chicago to D.C. Since they arrived six years ago, the first family has tried to preserve as normal a life as possible for daughters Malia and Sasha. We have seen the girls on some occasions. Many people remember Malia saying, "I love you, Daddy!" at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

So what does a 16 year old get for a birthday present who already lives at the most famous address in the country and whose parents are known around the world. Malia already had an early birthday present by going to Disneyland in California last weekend. She went with a friend and was granted VIP access to several rides.

The teenager has already gotten opportunities that an average 16 year old will never experience. It’s shaping up to be a busy summer for Malia. She attended her first prom in May. In June, she had the opportunity to work on the set of Halle Berry's new CBS' upcoming new television series "Extant," where she helped with computer shop alignments and was allowed to slate a take. She is also set to begin driving now that she is eligible for her learner’s permit in Washington D.C. Malia and Sasha have also accompanied their parents on foreign and domestic trips, including trips with the first lady to Spain in 2010 and China in 2014, and a trip with both parents to South Africa in 2013.

What Malia gets for her 16 birthday will probably be something she and her parents have agreed on.

Happy Birthday, Malia.

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