You may know Malia and Sasha Obama's faces when their father was the president. But back then, little could you hear either of the young girls' voices in the spotlight. But fortunately, Michelle finally agreed with her grown-up daughters to have their first interview.
After leaving the White House, Michelle published her memoir Becoming, which quickly became the best-seller of 2018. Inspired by that, she later released a Netflix documentary of the same name. What surprised global audiences was that her daughters also made a rare cameo in it.
Since 2017, the Obama sisters had stayed out of the public eye until Becoming. The Netflix show gave us a chance to take an intimate look into their lives during and after Barack's presidency. The whole world was waiting to see them and hear their story.
In the documentary, you can have a peek at Malia and Sasha's upbringing in the White House, where both Malia and Sasha spent most of their teenage years. Despite living in an unusual home with their kids, the first couple tried various ways to provide a normal home environment for them. Did things work out?
The Obama sisters have never behaved like they were privileged president's daughters - thanks to their parents' endeavors. The first couple changed their staff's dress code to be less formal because they didn't want their kids to get used to having "grown African-American men serve them in tuxedos."
Malia and Sasha were required to do their chores by themselves even though the White House provided maid services. They needed to clean their own rooms and make their beds and do their laundry. Moreover, the girls sometimes learnt cooking with their parents.
In fact, most challenges to her "normal upbringing" came from outside of the White House. Michelle once revealed her feelings in Becoming, "You want them to be able to have wonderful experiences privately like any other kids. And when they're not allowed to do that, it's unfair, and you feel guilty about it."
Michelle was referring to the media scrutiny that her family was facing. Michelle and Barack shielded their kids as best as they could from that, which explained why we rarely see them in the spotlight. But their daughters were pretty aware of what their mom had gone through, and here're their differing responses.
Sasha was straight about what she thought of Michelle. "I'm excited for [Mom] to be proud of what she's done," Sasha elaborated, "Because I think the most important thing for humans to do is to be proud of themselves." The documentary also recorded a sweet moment shared between Michelle and Malia.
When Michelle had just closed one of her book tours, she finally had time to sit down with her beloved daughter Malia and chatted with her "little potato." "You're so good. I love you too much." Malia added, "I cried again." Her mom asked, "Why are you always crying?"
"This has demonstrated in a way – it's just like, damn, those eight years weren't for nothing. You know?" Malia tried to describe her feelings. "You see that huge crowd out there and that last kind of speech you gave about... People are here because people really believe in hope and hope in other people."
Like her daughter said, Michelle Obama had strived to bring hope to Americans, which was probably her main legacy as the first lady. Even though she has exited the White House, she is still paying attention to significant issues such as higher education. When the mother was busy with her new cause, her girls also discovered their aspirations.
At the end of the Obama presidency, Malia took a gap year before enrolling at Harvard University. However, her younger sister Sasha still needed to attend her high school for a couple more years, which was the main reason why the family remained in D.C. Five years have passed since then, and here's what they're up to now.
After graduating from the law school at Harvard, Malia moved to LA and became a Hollywood writer on Glover's new Amazon Prime TV show. Her little sister Sasha also changed her plans, transferring from the University of Michigan to University of Southern California.