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Malia Obama turns sweet 16

Malia Obama Turns Sweet 16

We all celebrate July 4th as the date of our country's independence. But there's another big celebration going on at the White House today.

Malia Obama is turning sweet sixteen. (Via Getty Images)

But we all know there's really only one thing a teenager is hoping for when they turn 16.

The Washington Post notes when Chelsea Clinton turned 16 in the White House in 1996, three radio stations eagerly offered to give her a car.

We wouldn't be too surprised if those same offers were made to Malia, but so far there's been no word of it. (Via Getty Images)

One gift we know for sure she's getting though - her learner's permit. In Washington D.C., teens aren't allowed to get this until they are 16 years old. (Via DMV.org)

But it seems like we've been counting down to the eldest Obama daughter's birthday and her subsequent start behind the wheel for a while now. Michelle Obama first mentioned it back in February when she sat down with Jimmy Fallon.

"Ladies and gentlemen of D.C., watch out. Malia Obama on the road. Kinda frightening. I have security though, so I'm good." (Via NBC / 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')

And in April, she let the public know not to expect her or the President getting behind the wheel with their daughter while she's learning how to drive.

From ABC / 'Live with Kelly & Michael': "I think our agents don't want us driving with teenagers. So they want to keep us - especially the President's detail don't want him in the state when she's learning how to drive."

We're sure we'll be seeing whichever Secret Service agent or family member who's lucky enough to be assigned to driving duty out on the road with her soon enough.

And getting her driver's license also means Malia is one step closer to graduating high school. ABC reports she's already toured several colleges in California, including Stanford and University of California at Berkeley.

And this summer, she'll start her first big job. The Wrap announced Malia was seen working as a production assistant for a new television series starring Halle Berry.

With what looks to be a busy summer, we're sure she's taking the time to celebrate her birthday accordingly. And we're thinking it'll be a blast, especially with the Pitbull concert and fireworks on her front lawn Friday.

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bert hall July 04 2014 at 4:12 PM


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a21heating July 04 2014 at 5:25 PM

How much will this cost us taxpayers ?

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samnakib July 04 2014 at 4:21 PM

Best Wishes!!
This young woman has been raised well, and she has a bright future.
Congrats to the first family for raising such grounded young women.

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William McCurtis July 04 2014 at 4:28 PM

No one really cares. There are infinitely more children in this country turning 16 other than her. Why haven't AOL posted anything about some of their birthdays? In my opinion, they are just as noteworthy as a head-of-states daughter. Let her earn her notoriety if she wants that type of attention. otherwise.....so what.

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Hello, Jeffrey July 04 2014 at 4:34 PM

Why are some of you bringing your hate on this story of passage for a young girl beginning her passage to becoming a young woman? This is why I'm becoming disenchanted with social media. Like most good things, in the hands of dumb, hateful people, becomes bad. Go seek help for your black heart!

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arlene m. hinson July 04 2014 at 4:51 PM

To be 16 again. Let's stay focused on congratulating her birthday.

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coopdabomb July 04 2014 at 4:47 PM

If I had a daughter who looked like that I would make her walk backwards. Dog faced kid.

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Jerry Scheer July 04 2014 at 6:01 PM

is she gonna put on her college application that she is black white, mallatto, or lesbian or like Elizabeth warren a native American injun

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dtrevdav1 July 04 2014 at 5:04 PM

Listen to the party of A-holes with their hateful racist comments. "Oh no I'm not a racist like the liberal media says" Yeah right! Fortunately thanks to your age,many of you have 1 foot in the grave already so your impact in elections is fading.

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guy.miller4 July 04 2014 at 11:52 PM

I hope some Mexican border jumper
knocks her up. And she has triplets.

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