Malia took a gap year before entering college, working at an internship with The Weinstein Company in NYC during the winter and spring of 2017. She read through movie scripts and passed along ones that she thought had potential to be developed into film projects for the company. Impressive! Her being away from home had to have helped her parents adjust a little bit to her big permanent move to Cambridge, MA. Now that the time has come it sure looks like while they’re so proud of their daughter’s bright future at Harvard, it was still really hard letting go. At least they don’t have a totally empty nest, as the couple still has 16-year-old daughter Sasha at home in Washington DC with them while she finishes up high school.
Both Michelle and Barack Obama have stated that their personal priority is their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. The parents realized that the move from Chicago to Washington . would be a major adjustment for any family. Residing in the White House, having Secret Service protection and always being in the wake of their parents' public obligations has dramatically transformed their lives. Both parents try to make their daughters' world as "normal" as possible, with set times for studying, going to bed and getting up. "My first priority will always be to make sure that our girls are healthy and grounded," Michelle said. "Then I want to help other families get the support they need, not just to survive, but to thrive."