Having recently graduated from high school, Malia Obama, US President Barack Obama’s first daughter, can now begin to enjoy life.
As her mother, Michelle, and later her father, were making splendid speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the 18-year-old Malia was in Chicago attending the Lollapalooza annual music concert.
And not even the Secret Service, which has been part of their daily lives since Obama won the White House so eight years ago, could hold her partying spirit back.
She was caught on camera twerking and flipping up the shirt she had tied around her waist, revealing her short shorts, while she partied with some of her girlfriends during the Mac Miller concert. Check out the video:
The video has gone viral with conservatives within the Democratic Party taking offence with her decision to skip the NDC where Hillary Clinton was endorsed to taken on Republican Donald Trump in November’s presidential contest.
In her speech, her mother reflection on their delicate journey from young girls to what they are now and how they had to orientate them to life as First Daughters.
“I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the centre of our world. And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington,” she said.
“A journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington when they set off for their first day at their new school. I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those men with guns. And with all their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, ‘What have we done?'” she added.
“At that moment, I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation of who they would become. And how well we manage this experience could truly make or break them.
That is what Barack and I think about every day as he tried to guide and protect our girls from the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight. How we urged them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. Our motto is, when they go low, we go high,” Michelle further told the adoring audience.
This is not the first time Malia is getting media scrutiny for her conduct the first being when she took a selfie prompting a White House “probe.”
But with only six months left in Washington DC, the UK’s Independent, which is defending her actions, notes that it will not be long before Malia and her sister, Sasha, are freed from personal bodyguards and bullet-proof cars.
She will have a gap year and go on to Harvard University, and hopefully continue to retain some semblance of a normal life media scrutiny notwithstanding, it says.