All grown up

President Obama celebrates Malia’s 18th by publicly serenading her with “Happy Birthday”

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs his daughter Malia on her birthday during an Independence Day Celebration for military members and administration staff on July 4, 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

As the United States of America spent the Fourth of July celebrating its 240th birthday on Monday, first daughter Malia Obama hit a major milestone and celebrated her 18th birthday. That makes her eligible to vote in the coming presidential election. And college is on the horizon for Malia, though not right away. The White House announced earlier this year that Malia will be attending Harvard University after she takes a gap year. In fact, Malia was just 11 years old when her dad took the Oath of Office and her family moved into the White House. Below, are some photos of her over the years going all the way back to her father’s 2004 Senate victory, at which time she was just six years old.

As the pictures show, Malia is pretty much all grown up now, but that didn’t save her from being publicly embarrassed by her dad on Monday night at the White House Fourth of July party. “Just because it’s the job of a father to embarrass his daughters, I’ve got one last job,” Obama said before asking attendees to join him in singing “Happy Birthday” to Malia. It was a sweet moment that ended in a cute hug between dad and daughter. Video of the serenading is below and follows the president’s Independence Day remarks. Skip ahead to about the 3:50 mark to see the president sing.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.


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