I can't believe what eight years did to the Obamas
With her 20th birthday on the near horizon, Malia has her whole adult life ahead of her. She had long been planning to attend the prestigious Harvard University, but decided to wait until the Fall 2017 semester (a year later than her peers would have started) to begin. Aside from the pressures of her father still being in office, she did this so that she could transition out of the White House calmly first before worrying about continuing her studies. This also allowed her to take a gap year, a traditional semester- or year-long break that students (largely in Europe, Australia, and Israel) take to travel, work, or move abroad before beginning their higher education.
During this gap year, Malia went with her sister, mother, and maternal grandmother Marian Robinson to Liberia for the Let Girls Learn initiative. During this trip to Africa, the Obama women met with the first elected female head of state in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, before attending a panel in Morocco with Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto. After interning at the United States Embassy in Madrid during the summer of 2016, Malia worked at the classic seafood restaurant and bar Nancy’s in Martha’s Vineyard. The following fall, she went on a traditional gap year during an 83-day trip to Peru and Bolivia. She later interned at The Weinstein Company in New York City prior to the horrible scandals that had long taken place there came to light.
After a full, interesting, and diverse year of work and travel, Malia began attending Harvard in August of 2017. She’s set to graduate in 2021. Naturally, cameras and press still abound and often release snapshots of her personal life including when Malia attends concerts or goes out with friends or boyfriends. We just hope the former first daughter can live as normal a life as possible for the time being, and we’re sure we’ll see marvelous things from her in the years to come.
You could say that Sunny is the “Second Dog” of the nation since she joined the Obamas in 2013. She is a purebred Portuguese Water Dog like her companion, Bo, and she was born on June 11, 2012.
Sunny was first introduced to the world in a tweet from Michelle Obama on August 19, 2013. Like her “older brother” Bo, Sunny is a non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog. She came from a breeder somewhere in the Great Lakes region, which makes sense given the breed’s natural inclination towards the water. American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson once said, “The Portuguese water dog is historically a working dog, a fisherman’s accompaniment. When you think of their history with fishermen, they were a team – that’s the environment they thrive in.” She furthermore said, “People who love Portuguese water dogs say they are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. That bubbly, happy personality is the whole package. The beautiful coat, the trainability, the need for a job. They’re just adorable.”
However, two negative incidents involving Sunny occurred in 2013 when she knocked over a two-year-old girl at a Military family arts and crafts event (right in front of Michelle Obama!) and in 2017 when she reportedly bit a White House visitor on the face. The little girl was totally fine, but the White House visitor is said to have needed stitches afterwards.
After insisting that their animals be from a shelter and failing to do so, the Obamas made contributions in Sunny’s name to the Humane Society of the United States. However, the Obamas often reported that they wanted another Portuguese Water Dog not only because of Malia’s allergies but also because younger dogs of the breed are known to imitate the behavior of older dogs they come in contact with, which means Sunny got along just fine with Bo.