On July 4th, Malia Obama, the eldest first daughter, turns 16 years old and will be elgible to get her learners’ permit to drive.
“One child is going to be driving this summer,” first lady Michelle Obama said of her daughter Malia’s upcoming milestone in an interview with “Access Hollywood” Tuesday.
“Look out,” Obama added with a smile.
When asked if agents will sit in the back seat, Obama would say only, “We’ve got a plan,” CBS News reported.
When asked by Michael Strahan on the morning talk show “Live with Kelly and Michael” about who will be teaching Malia how to drive, Michelle Obama said, “neither of us.”
“I think our agents don’t want us driving with teenagers,” she added. “I don’t think they want [the president] in the state when she’s learning how to drive. We will, fortunately, be able to hand that responsibility over to someone else.”
When former President Bill Clinton was in the White House, he taught 16-year old Chelsea to drive, although he hadn’t driven a car himself in twelve years. Mrs. Clinton referred to the situation as “scary.”
Secret Service agents watch over the president’s daughters 24/7, whether they’re at home, school or on the road. Just a few weeks ago, they put the White House on lockdown after a blue car inadvertently followed the girls’ motorcade through a checkpoint on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Althought it is too early to tell, perhaps she will practice parking on the White House ellipse driveway or in the parking lot of her high school, Sidwell Friends School.