Malia Obama will go off to Harvard next fall, and her younger sister Sasha isn’t far behind. But their parents — maybe you’ve heard of them, Barack and Michelle Obama — aren’t quite ready to let their babies go and become empty nesters, People reports. “She’s still a baby,” Michelle said of her eldest daughter Malia, who turned 18 in July.
Baby or not, both Malia and Sasha, who’s 15, are itching to move on — even if their parents aren’t. “They’re ready to get out, just out from their parents’ house,” President Obama said of his daughters. “The fact that their parents’ house is the White House may add to it. But Malia’s going off to college. She’s a grown woman.”
The Obamas vacate the White House next month — next month!! — and even though it’ll be bittersweet for the whole family, they acknowledged that their kids have grown up there, and that they’re excited about the next chapter. “There’s a sentimentality about this place, that they’ve had so many amazing experiences, and the staff are part of the family,” President Obama said. “It is different for them than for most kids in that when they leave, they won’t be able to come back home. Malia’s spoken about how she regrets the fact that she won’t have that home base in the same way.”
But lest you believe that Malia and Sasha are super-bummed about the upcoming move, their dad added, “They’re ready to get out of the nest. We don’t think they’re ready, but they certainly think they’re ready.”
The famous family will soon move to an 8,200-square-foot rental in the upscale Kalorama area of Washington, D.C., which is a bit of a step down from the 54,900-square-foot White House. (OK, the Obamas’ private living quarters don’t take up the whole space, but it’s safe to say their new place will be a little less grand.)
Malia graduated from D.C. private Quaker school Sidwell Friends in June, and is taking a gap year before she starts college. Last fall, President Obama said that he counseled Malia “not to stress too much” about getting into a super-prestigious school, but it turns out that she needn’t have worried about that one, the New York Times reported. “Just because it’s not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get a great education there,” the President told Malia.
That said, both of Malia’s parents went to law school at Harvard, so her choice makes sense. Sasha is a sophomore at Sidwell, and the family plans to stay in D.C. at least until their youngest daughter graduates. After that — who knows?