First Daughter gets drivers license
Some teenagers get driving lessons from their parents. Other teens are taught by licensed instructors.
But Malia Obama isn't your average 16-year-old. Her driving lessons were provided by the U.S. Secret Service.
So how did Malia learn how to drive? Her mother, first lady Michelle Obama, told celebrity chef and daytime talk-show host Rachael Ray in an interview that it was the armed agents who taught her. The Secret Service provides around-the-clock security for the family.
"They wouldn't let me in the car with her," Mrs. Obama said of the Secret Service agents. The first lady was quoted from an excerpt of the interview. The excerpt was released by Ray's program.
Mrs. Obama hasn't driven herself in seven or eight years, she said.
She added that driving gives Malia "a sense of normalcy." It helps her feel like the rest of her friends who are also driving.
"And my kids have got to learn how to live in the world like normal kids."
In the interview, Ray says that the Obamas seem "so grounded." The first lady replies that her "hope is just to make sure that they (her daughters) come out of this thing as functioning adults, you know?"
Malia also drives herself around Washington, Mrs. Obama said.
"She always has security around but in order for her to learn how to drive she had to drive on her own," the first lady said during a separate interview. This was for the show "Live! With Kelly and Michael."
"So once she was legally permitted to drive on her own, she gets in her car."
Critical thinking challenge: What is Mrs. Obama referring to as this thing?