Facts about Malia Obama

Malia Obama is 18 years old
Born: July 4, 1998
Best known as: The older daughter of U.S. president Barack Obama


Malia Obama Biography

Malia Ann Obama is the oldest daughter of Barack Obama, who became president on 20 January 2009.

Malia Obama was born in 1998 to Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, who were married in 1992. Malia and her younger sister Sasha attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago. Malia Obama entered the fifth grade in 2008; she and her sister began attending Sidwell Friends School in January of 2009 after her family moved to Washington, D.C. for her father’s inauguration, and have continued to study there since.  In 2012, her father was re-elected for a second four-year term as president.

Malia Obama will be 18 years old when her father finishes his second term early in 2017. In May of 2016, the White House announced that Malia would attend Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2017, saying in a statement: “The President and Mrs. Obama announced today that their daughter Malia will attend Harvard University in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2021. Malia will take a gap year before beginning school.”

Extra credit

Many sources have listed Malia Obama’s birth year as 1999. However, she was widely reported to be celebrating her 10th birthday in July of 2008, while her father was campaigning for president. In a video interview with Access Hollywood that year, Barack Obama can be heard joking with Malia that she “started in a hospital on [the] Fourth of July ten years ago.”


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