Imagine being Malia Obama‘s prom date? Even though Barack Obama and Michelle Obama‘s daughter was living in the White House with her former President and First Lady parents when she was in high school, she still went to the traditional dance. But before she was escorted to the event, the now-20-year-old had to ask her mom and dad a big request.
In Michelle’s new book, Becoming, the mom-of-two revealed untold stories from that night — and shared that Malia asked her and Barack to: “Just be cool please, okay?” when it came to meeting her date (what a lucky guy, we must say!). In the memoir, the 54-year-old recalled the time when Malia told she and Barack she had been asked to prom “by a boy she kind of liked.” That said, they made an “exception” and let her ride in his car even though she wasn’t supposed to go with anyone who wasn’t Secret Service.
“On the appointed evening, her date arrived in his car”, she writes, “clearing security at the southeast gate of the White House, following the path up and around the South Lawn by which heads of state and other visiting dignitaries normally arrived, and then gamely — bravely — walking into the Dip Room dressed in a black suit.”
“Her embarrassment [had] already [begun] to smolder as we rode the elevator downstairs,” she continues. “I was barefoot, and Barack was in flip-flops. Malia wore a long black skirt and an elegant bare-shouldered top. She looked beautiful and about twenty-three years old.” Michelle adds, “Barack and I shook the young man’s hand, snapped a few pictures, and gave our daughter a hug before sending them on their way.”
There was a reason why the husband and wife were able to stay so relaxed, though: Secret Service. “We took what was perhaps unfair comfort in the knowledge that Malia’s security detail would basically ride the boy’s bumper all the way to the restaurant where they were going for dinner before the dance and would remain on quiet duty throughout the night,” Michelle admits.
Malia still jokes that the encounter was “a bit excruciating,” but hey, at least Michelle and Barack did their best to stay cool during a very emotional and exciting time!