Malia and Sasha Obama Give Their First Public Interview in Netflix’s “Becoming”

Yes, wise words. And we’d also like to note that you’ll see Sasha was wearing an Aaliyah T-shirt during the exchange—so can we take a second to acknowledge that like her parents, she has superb musical taste?Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama, Barack Obama, Malia Obama posing for the camera: Netflix's "Becoming" takes us behind the scenes on Michelle Obama's book tour, and we're treated to a surprise cameo from daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.© @michelleobama Netflix’s “Becoming” takes us behind the scenes on Michelle Obama’s book tour, and we’re treated to a surprise cameo from daughters Malia, 21, and Sasha, 18.

Now, there’s a reason this moment is so noteworthy. When Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, the two were just 10 and 7 years old, respectively. And for the next 8 years, the First Daughters grew up in-front of our eyes in the White House. But as Mrs. Obama told Gayle at the Essence Festival in 2019, she and her husband raised them to “pretend like all the craziness around them wasn’t happening.” That means that until now, the two have never given an interview. Glimpses of the girls were limited to annual White House Turkey pardonings, official family photos, and snaps of them exiting Air Force One for family Martha’s Vineyard trips.

“For eight years, we were like, ‘Yup, your dad’s president.’ That doesn’t have anything to do with you. Take your butt to school. Yes, you have security, just ignore them, they’re not here for you,'” Mrs. Obama said in her interview with Gayle.