Pomp & circumstance

Sasha and Malia Obama attend first State Dinner, Canada’s PM pays them tribute

Malia Obama attends a State Dinner in honor of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

On Thursday night at the White House, first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama attended the State Dinner where Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau were the guests of honor. After seven years in the White House, this was the first time Sasha, 14, and Malia, 17, have attended one of the swanky and star-studded affairs held to entertain foreign heads of state. Also in attendance were a number of Canadian-born celebrities who have enjoyed great success in the U.S., including actor Mike Myers of Saturday Night Live and Austin Powers fame, Michael J. Fox and Ryan Reynolds, among others. Malia was seen in news photos seated between Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. Sasha sat at a table with Reynolds and actress Blake Lively.

Rubbing elbows with Hollywood elite was no doubt a thrilling aspect of the evening. But perhaps more touching was the tribute Justin Trudeau paid the Obama daughters during his toast. Trudeau, 44, who was just elected Prime Minister in late 2015, is the son of a Canadian PM, and was a child when his father held the office. He could relate to the experience of being a first child, he told them. “The memories for me of being a kid and not being old enough to attend these kinds of events with my father almost makes me wish I had gone through my teenage years as the child of a world leader,” Trudeau remarked.  “Almost.” He went on to laud them for the poise with which they’ve conducted themselves while growing up in the White House. “I admire you very much, both of you, for your extraordinary strength and your grace,” Trudeau told them, adding that their unconventional childhoods would provide them “strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.”

Below take a look through some photos of the Obama daughters unconventional childhood and see some photos of the Trudeau family:

Read the transcript of Justin Trudeau’s complete toast at The Washington Post.

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