Sasha Obama

Sasha Obama Biography


Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann (/məˈlə/), born July 4, 1998, and Natasha Marian (known as Sasha Obama ), born June 10, 2001. They were both delivered at University of Chicago Medical Center by their parents’ friend and physician Anita Blanchard. Sasha was the youngest child to reside in the White House since John F. Kennedy Jr. arrived as an infant in 1961. In 2014, Malia and Sasha were named two of “The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” by Time magazine

Before his inauguration, President Obama published an open letter to his daughters in Parade magazine, describing what he wants for them and every child in America: “to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world.”

While living in Chicago, the Obamas kept busy schedules, as the Associated Press reported: “soccer, dance and drama for Malia, gymnastics and tap for Sasha, piano and tennis for both.” In July 2008, the family gave an interview to the television series Access Hollywood. Obama later said they regretted allowing the children to be included. Malia and Sasha both graduated from the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., the same school that Chelsea Clinton, Tricia Nixon Cox, Archibald Roosevelt and the grandchildren of Joe Biden (when he was Vice President) attended. The Obama girls began classes there on January 5, 2009; Malia graduated in 2016. Before the family moved to Washington in 2009, both girls attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory School.

In his victory speech on the night of his election, President Obama repeated his promise to Sasha and Malia to get a puppy to take with them to the White House. The selection was slow because Malia is allergic to animal dander; the president subsequently said that the choice had been narrowed down to either a labradoodle or a Portuguese Water Dog, and that they hoped to find a shelter animal. On April 12, 2009, it was reported that the Obamas had adopted a six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog given to them as a gift by Senator Ted Kennedy; Malia and Sasha named the dog Bo. The White House referred to Bo as the First Dog. In 2013, the family adopted a second Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny.

As a high school student, Malia Obama spent a portion of the summer in 2014 and 2015 working in television studios in New York and Los Angeles. She spent the summer of 2016 working as an intern in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain.

During the week June 26, 2016, to July 3, 2016, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, and Michelle’s mother Marian Robinson went to Liberia to promote the Let Girls Learn Peace initiative, for which the United States has provided $27 million in aid. They met with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia and the first elected female head of state in Africa. Then they moved to Morocco, where they had a panel with Freida Pinto and Meryl Streep moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay in Marrakesh and delivered a substantive amount of money to aid 62 million girls lacking access to formal education. They proceeded to Spain where Michelle delivered a message about the initiative.

In August 2016, Sasha began working at Nancy’s, a seafood restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In the fall of 2016, Malia went on an 83-day trip to Bolivia and Peru. In February 2017, Malia started an internship for Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company film studio in New York City.[44] In August 2017, Malia started attending Harvard University. Sasha graduated from Sidwell Friends in 2019 and began attending the University of Michigan in the fall.

Sasha Obama Early Years

Natasha Marian Obama was born on June 10, 2001, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Barack, was then an Illinois state senator and her mother, Michelle Obama, was soon to begin a job as executive director for community affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Following an early meningitis scare, the younger Obama daughter grew to become a healthy, active child. Remaining with her mother and big sister, Malia, in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood after her father was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Sasha attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and kept busy with piano, tennis, gymnastics and tap dance lessons.

By 2007, Sasha was on her way to becoming a national figure as her ambitious father campaigned for the U.S. presidency. She made an early television appearance in July 2008 as part of an Access Hollywood segment on the candidate’s family, though her parents later regretted including their children in the interview.

Life as First Daughter

When Barack was elected the 44th U.S. president in November 2008, a 7-year-old Sasha became the youngest White House resident since 2-month-old John F. Kennedy Jr. and 3-year-old Caroline Kennedy in 1961.

After receiving a personal tour of their new home from the outgoing presidential daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Sasha and Malia settled into life in the Executive Mansion under the watch of their maternal grandmother, Marian Robinson. The president and first lady fulfilled a campaign promise by gifting their daughters a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo (and later a second one named Sunny), and set a series of ground rules that included limited TV time and no Facebook.

Largely sheltered from the media, and carefully guarded by the Secret Service agents who assigned her the code name of “Rosebud,” Sasha enjoyed normal childhood activities like sleepovers and class trips and forged a close friendship with Maisy Biden, the granddaughter of then-vice president Joe Biden. Still, she was occasionally included in official presidential business, from the August 2010 photo op that sought to portray the Gulf of Mexico as safe following the BP oil spill, to the international trips that brought her to the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, and the Vatican in Rome, Italy.

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