First Daughter gets drivers license President Barack Obama greets reporters as he arrives with daughter Malia Obama at the White House in Washington on January 4, 2015 (Reuters / Getty Images)
First Daughter gets drivers license
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Some teenagers get driving lessons from their parents, while 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.

Asked who taught Malia how to drive, first lady Michelle Obama told celebrity chef and daytime talk-show host Rachael Ray in an interview that it was the armed agents who provide around-the-clock security for the family.

"The Secret Service, actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Mrs. Obama said in an excerpt of the interview that was released by Ray's program.

Mrs. Obama hasn't driven herself in seven or eight years, she said, adding that driving gives Malia "a sense of normalcy," helping 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."

When 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 on "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?

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COMMENTS (43)
  • L.E 1999 blue
    4/14/2015 - 08:42 a.m.

    On my opinion i think that she should learn how to drive because her parents aren't always gonna be there to help her so she has to learn on her own. One day she would want to move out of her parents house and shes gonna have to learn how to.

  • ethano-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 09:11 a.m.

    This thing can refer to a couple of different things but mainly it means being the presidents daughter. The text states that Mrs. Obama hasn't driven herself since she became the first lady,this could have an affect on a girl who is told she cant driver her self. The text also states that she was tought by the secret service which could have a effect on a 16 year old. This evidence from the text is why it refers to being the presidents daughter.

  • stevef-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 09:26 a.m.

    Malia Obama got her drivers license. The text states that one of the members of the secret service taught her. The text also states that her mother has not driven a car in seven or eight years. She will still be able to drive, she just has to have armed security with her at all times. The fist lady and Mr. Obama said that she needs to learn to drive just like any other normal person.

  • hopeb-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 09:36 a.m.

    Mrs. Obama is referring to this because she herself has not drove in six years and she didn't get her licence like other kids which is stupid because she isn't the queen she the presidents daughter she should be treated like everyone else. The text states that "Some teenagers get driving lessons from their parents, while 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." The text also states that""The Secret Service, actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Mrs. Obama said in an excerpt of the interview that was released by Ray's program." this proves that there is a lot of people who don't like Mr. Obama.

  • hopeb-Goo
    4/14/2015 - 09:36 a.m.

    Mrs. Obama is referring to this because she herself has not drove in six years and she didn't get her licence like other kids which is stupid because she isn't the queen she the presidents daughter she should be treated like everyone else. The text states that "Some teenagers get driving lessons from their parents, while 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." The text also states that""The Secret Service, actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Mrs. Obama said in an excerpt of the interview that was released by Ray's program." this proves that there is a lot of people who don't like Mr. Obama.

  • Haley Patterson
    4/14/2015 - 01:28 p.m.

    I don't really see the need of her to get her drivers license when she's constantly being driven around everywhere. I mean it's great and all, but I think they should have waited until they were out of the White House because she's not going to be able to go anywhere.

  • fernandoc-Che
    4/14/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    To be honest I don't know why people are making a big deal out of this Just because she's the presidents daughter? I don't really see how it's really that important.

  • carlosv-Che
    4/14/2015 - 01:50 p.m.

    see she lame and so is her dad like really that isn't even fare to nobody in the world because we should just get are service from them to cause that's not even fare to us

  • namelt-Che
    4/14/2015 - 01:53 p.m.

    That is great that she had got her driving license because, that's means that she can drive anywhere she wants to. But she would have to be careful to where she go because she could get hurt or something very bad could happen.

  • dianaz-Che
    4/14/2015 - 01:53 p.m.

    I think it's a good thing that she learned how to drive instead of having someone driving her around all the time. Also, the fact that they're trying to raise her by trying to let her have sense of "normality" while driving is good.

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