With President Obama’s reelection, Sasha and Malia Obama will be America’s first daughters for another four years; by the end of his presidency, the girls will be well into their teenage years at 15 and 18 years old, respectively.
Despite having extremely exclusive and unique lives, Sasha and Malia are rarely thrust into the public eye; the president and first lady do their best to ensure that the rapidly growing girls, now 11 and 14, respectively, have as normal lives as possible.
The Washington Post notes that the girls were not particularly visible during the 2012 election save for their appearances at the Democratic National Convention and at dinner with their parents after President Obama was voted into a second term.
Instead of being on the campaign trail, the girls were going trick-or-treating, to sleepovers or to movies with friends, and Malia went to her school’s homecoming dance. For privacy reasons, the girls are not allowed to be on Facebook.
They are also in charge of keeping their rooms clean and beds made among other chores, and Malia is in charge of doing her own laundry.
“I don’t want her to be that kid who is 15 or 16, and [she’s saying], ‘Oh, I don’t know how to do laundry.’ I would cringe if she became that kid,” Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last year.
Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, moved to the White House to assist in raising the girls. The first family aims to have a 6:30 p.m. family dinner schedule as often as possible. The president even serves as assistant coach of Sasha’s basketball team, and he often attends their Sunday practices.
Described by their father as funny, respectful, responsible and well behaved, the first daughters do not seem to have been affected by their first daughter status negatively.
"I look at them in the same way, and think, wow, you guys have grown up, and you are so poised, and you're so sweet, and so there's that motherly side of me. But it's still always a balance between protecting them," Michelle Obama told ABC News.
President Obama also commended his daughters during his victory speech on Wednesday.
"Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you're growing up to be two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom," he said.
Obama made a reference to his 2008 victory speech, in which he promised to give the girls a puppy, a Portuguese water dog named Bo. He said, "And I'm so proud of you guys. But I will say for now: One dog's probably enough."
While still in the White House, the President and First Lady may have to deal with the daunting prospect of their girls dating. As per his interview with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM on Nov. 6, the president does not seem very worried.
"I think that any young man who has got the guts to get through Secret Service deserves a hearing!" he said.
Before being reelected, he told "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts that one of the goals of his presidency is to ensure that his daughters never get in a car with a boy who had a beer.
"And that's a pretty good thing!" he added.