She met the pope. Visited Cuba. Hung out with Dad. And graduated from high school. Malia Obama’s 18th year was full of milestones. On her Fourth of July 18th birthday, POLITICO takes a look back at the elder Obama daughter’s eventful past year.
July 17, 2015 “While visiting the Whitney Museum in New York City, the President hugged his daughter Malia as they looked at the art work.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
President Barack Obama, left, accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia, their friends, and the president’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, her husband Konrad Ngwalk, through Central Park, Saturday, July 18, 2015, in New York. Obama is spending a mainly personal weekend with his daughters in New York City. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia rides a bike, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in West Tisbury, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Obama and his family vacation every August on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 23: U.S. President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha arrive at the White House August 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The first family was returning from vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama, right, and his daughters Malia Obama, left, and Sasha Obama, second from left, greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Nov. 25, 2015 “The President and his daughters Sasha and Malia participate in the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden with National Turkey Federation Chairman Jihad Douglas.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
Malia Obama (2nd L), daughter of US President Barack Obama (L), smiles as they serve Thanksgiving dinner to homeless military veterans with First Lady Michelle Obama (3rd L) and daughter Sasha at Friendship Place in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2015. President Barack Obama sought to reassure jittery Americans traveling home for Thanksgiving that they face no credible and immediate terror threat and said that security services are working around the clock to keep the US safe. AFP PHOTO/ NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMVER 28: President Barack Obama buys ice cream for his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R) at Pleasant Pops during Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
First daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (C) share a laugh on the Ellipse of the National Mall December 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. The First Family was joined by celebrities and guests to light the National Christmas tree during an evening of performances. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama Chriaswalk during a visit to the Honolulu Zoo January 2, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Obama and the First Family are in Hawaii for vacation. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Malia Obama attends a State Dinner at the White House March 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by President and First Lady Obama, the dinner is in honor of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and First Lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau of Canada. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images
Taking shelter from the pouring rain under umbrellas, U.S. President Barack Obama, his daughter Malia, 17, and members of the first family take a walking tour of in the plaza of the 18th century Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana in the historic Old Havana neighborhood March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Obama is the first sitting president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, center left, and her daughter Malia, center right, clap as they stand with children of U.S. embassy workers after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish “A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S., March 2016.” (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
US President Barack Obama and daughter Malia make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on April 8, 2016. Obama is heading to San Francisco to take part in a Democratic National Committee roundtable discussion and to attend a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photo taken May 18, 2016, Malia Obama uses her phone at the swing and play set on the south grounds of the White House outside of the Oval Office in Washington. President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia was just 10 and longing for a promised puppy when her family moved into the White House. She’s marked some of life’s milestones in the past seven years, and another one comes Friday: graduation from high school. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 17: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his daughter Malia Obama walk out of the White House hand-in-hand before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn June 17, 2016 in Washington, DC. The first family is traveling to New Mexico and tour Carlsbad Caverns National Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America’s national park system. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Malia Obama, left, and Sasha Obama board Air Force One as the first family and President Barack Obama head to Roswell, N.M., from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Friday, June 17, 2016. The Obama family will then travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America’s national park system. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)