Malia and Sasha Obama are getting some sage advice from their father now that Donald Trump is America’s next president. The first daughters were just as surprised as anyone else to learn that the billionaire real estate mogul beat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Malia, 18, and Sasha, 16, spent their teen years in the White House and are seeing another side of politics today.
Donald Trump spent a great deal of time in his campaign railing against individuals of various races and religions. President Obama is attempting to ease any anxieties that his daughters might be feeling as the nation prepares to accept a new president. Malia and Sasha Obama, like the rest of the nation, will witness Trump attempt to reverse a lot of policies that their father worked so hard the last eight years to put in place.
In the November 28 issue of the New Yorker, President Obama opens up about what he’s discussed with his daughters following the election of Donald Trump. He sought to reassure Malia and Sasha, telling them to “keep calm” and “fight for” treating people with respect and kindness. Obama told them not to worry about an apocalypse or anything overly dramatic.
“What I say to them is that people are complicated. Societies and cultures are really complicated…. This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop…. You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”
Some have suggested Trump being elected means a looming apocalypse. Obama diplomatically calls it nonsense, saying that “nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.”
Malia and Sasha Obama have remained out of the spotlight for a few months now. Malia was in the news soon after graduating high school for her hard-partying ways. Her wild activities were reported on for a lengthy stretch throughout the summer, but they simmered off as the 2016 presidential campaign got more intense between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
The Obamas will remain in Washington, D.C., until Sasha finishes high school; she’s currently a sophomore and is still attending Sidwell Friends, the private school she and her sister have gone to since 2009.
Malia will begin her studies at Harvard University in the fall of 2017.
Where will Malia and Sasha Obama reside after their father leaves office? CNN reported earlier this year that the family will live in the Kalorama area of Washington, D.C., and are leasing a home owned by Joe Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary under former President Bill Clinton. The home was built in 1928 and sold for over $5 million in 2014; it’s now valued at $7 million. The 8,200-square-foot home has a brick Tudor design and will cost the Obamas $22,000 a month to rent. It has nine bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms.
Malia and Sasha Obama have won over their own legion of fans while their father served as the president of the United States. As the first daughters move forward, the public will remain intrigued with what the future holds for them.
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