Malia Obama Is Going To Tear Up the Streets This Summer

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President Obama's less surly teen daughter, Malia, shares a birthday with our great nation. On July 4, she'll be 16. And that means she's eligible for a learner's permit in Washington D.C.

Malia's mother told Access Hollywood that driving was among her daughter's summer plans, adding "look out, everyone!" She would not tell Billy Bush anything about the logistics of the driving lessons. He can probably ask his cousin or his uncle, both former presidents, about that if he was really curious. 

The last presidential offspring to learn to drive while in the White House was Chelsea Clinton, who was apparently taught by her father, though he hadn't had to drive a car himself in the last 12 years, a situation Hillary Clinton described as "scary." Neither of Malia's parents will be teaching her to drive, however. As Michelle said last month: "I think our [Secret Service] agents don't want us driving with teenagers ... Especially the president's detail. I don't think they want him in the state when she's learning how to drive. We will fortunately be able to hand that responsibility over to someone else."

Most of the other White House teens who turned 16 when their fathers were president did not learn how to drive because cars hadn't been invented yet.

Bush also asked if Malia was dating anyone. Michelle said she would get "pushed off of the Truman Balcony" if she were to discuss that on national television.


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