Michelle and Malia Obama once snuck out of the White House

  • Michelle Obama says her eldest daughter, Malia, snuck out of the White House with her in 2015 to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage.
  • The White House was bathed in rainbow lights to celebrate the monumental Supreme Court decision.
  • Instead of asking permission to leave the house, they strode past guards to an exit, but ran into issues when the door was locked.
  • In took them 10 minutes to escape, but they were successful.

Michelle Obama says her eldest daughter, Malia, was her "wing-woman" when she tried to sneak out of the White House once.

As the former first lady wrote in a passage of her new memoir "Becoming", it was June 26, 2015 and she had just returned from attending the funeral service for the Charleston church shooting victims.

She was headed to bed when she noticed a "purplish glow" coming in through one of the north-facing windows of the White House.

That same day, the Supreme Court had announced its decision in a pivotal case, effectively legalizing gay marriage across the country.

It was then that Obama remembered the staff planned to illuminate the residence in rainbow lights for the occasion.

Seeing the hundreds of people who had gathered outside the White House to celebrate the decision, she found herself "suddenly desperate to join the celebration."

So she started going around, asking each of her family members whether they wanted to join her.

She recalls:

"I stuck my head into the Treaty Room. 'You want to go out and look at the lights?' I asked Barack. 'There are tons of people out there.' He laughed. 'You know I can't do tons of people.'

"Sasha was in her room, engrossed in her iPad. 'You want to go see the rainbow lights with me?' I asked.

"'Nope.'

"This left Malia, who surprised me a little by immediately signing on. I'd found my wing-woman."

Obama explains that normally, they have to check in with the Secret Service agents posted by the elevator anytime they want to leave the residence, but this time they broke the rules and strode on past.

"Malia and I just busted past the agents on duty, neither one of us making eye contact," she wrote.

As they descended the stairs, they could hear the agents tailing them.

"Malia gave me a devilish smirk. She wasn't used to flouting the rules," Obama wrote.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 07: U.S. President Barack Obama walks with his daughter Malia toward Marine One while departing the White House April 7, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama was scheduled to speak at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was expected to urge senate Republicans to hold hearings on his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama and daughter Malia make their way to board Air Force One before departing from Chicago OHare International Airport in Chicago on April 7, 2016. Obama is heading to Los Angeles to attend fundraisers. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia walk in the rain from Marine One to board Air Force One upon their departure from Los Angeles, California April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US President Barack Obama (R) and daughter Malia make their way across the South Lawn upon return to the White House on January 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama and his family returned to Washington after spending the holidays in Hawaii. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Malia Obama (R) participates in a literacy service project at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, DC to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Obama family visited the Boys and Girls Club and helped paint murals and put together literacy kits. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughter Malia joke with children during a lunch at the United States and Nato military base in Vicenza , northern Italy, on June 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama greets his daughter Malia as his wife Michelle(R) and duaghter Sasha(L) look on as he arrives to take the oath of office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. The oath is to be administered by Chief Justice John Roberts. Looking on at left hi Malia Obama. AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 19: Malia Obama visits the Berlin Wall memorial at Bernauer Strasse on June 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Berlin for the first time during his presidency and his speech at the Brandenburg Gate is to be the highlight. Obama will be speaking close to the 50th anniversary of the historic speech by then U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin in 1963, during which he proclaimed the famous sentence: Ich bin ein Berliner. (Photo by Miriam May - Pool /Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks with his daughter Malia Obama, 15, before pardoning the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey, 'Popcorn' on the North Portico of the White House November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A 38-pound, full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkey, 'Popcorn' and its alternate 'Caramel' will be sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Once they got downstairs, they came across the night usher who also asked if she could help them.

"Oh we're just going outside, to see the lights," Obama said.

They started descending the stairs that led to the North Portico but hit a roadblock when the door was locked. Obama explains that nine months before, a knife-wielding man had broke into the White House through this very door and since then they had started locking the door.

The usher also reminded Obama that all of the news cameras were trained on that very entrance, and someone else suggested that they use a loading door on the ground floor that was more out of the way.

"We're getting out!" Obama remembers telling her daughter.

She wrote:

"We made our way down a marble staircase and over red carpets, around the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin and past the kitchen until suddenly we were outdoors. The humid summer air hit our faces. I could see fireflies blinking on the lawn.

"And there it was, the hum of the public, people whooping and celebrating outside the iron gates. It had taken us 10 minutes to get out of our own home, but we'd done it. We were outside, standing on a patch of lawn off to one side, out of sight of the public but with a beautiful, close-up view of the White House, lit up in pride.

"Malia and I leaned into each other, happy to have found our way there."

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