First Daughter gets drivers license
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. 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.

She added 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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  • Adeenaz-Cla
    4/14/2015 - 07:26 p.m.

    This story is very interesting because it gives facts about the Obama family which was very unexpecting. I never thought that the story would ever talk about this.tis was an awesome story.
    Ms. Clarkson. Adeena. Z

  • Hannahh-Cla
    4/14/2015 - 09:19 p.m.

    Summary- US Secret Service provided driving lessons for Malia Obama. Michele Obama wants her to drive so she can be like the rest of the kids. Michele Obama wants her to grow up to function as an adult from this. Now Malia drives around Washington.

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