Things you didn’t know about Malia and Sasha Obama

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Much like every other parent in the world, Barack and Michelle have faced the difficult challenge of raising kids in the age of social media. Speaking to Barbara Walters in 2013, Michelle revealed that Malia, then 15, had been limited to Facebook only, while Sasha, then 12, wasn’t allowed on social media at all. 

“I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people … particularly for them, because they’re in the public eye,” Michelle said (via People magazine). “Some of it’s stuff they don’t need to see and be a part of … So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice.”

In recent years, their tight leash may have loosened a bit. In 2016, the president let it slip that Sasha now has access to Twitter. “Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk,” he told a crowd in North Carolina while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (via The Washington Post). “I mean, Sasha tweets, but she doesn’t think that she thereby should be sitting behind the desk.” 

How, and when, and where she tweets remains unclear, but if six Secret Service agents accompany her to a week-long summer job, good luck trying to find her online.

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