Malia Obama Supports Her Mom in New Doc: "Those Eight Years Weren't for Nothing"

Bianca Betancourt

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Both Malia and Sasha Obama make rare appearances in their mother Michelle Obama's new Netflix documentary, Becoming.

  • During the film, Malia visits her mother backstage during a stop on her best-selling book tour to explain the importance of her mother's dedication to others while in and out of the White House.

During a rare appearance in her mother Michelle Obama's new Netflix documentary, Becoming, Malia Obama acknowledges the significance of her mother's hard work, both in and out of the White House.

Toward the end of the film, the 21-year-old Harvard student shows up at one of the stops on Michelle's 12-stop book tour following the release of her best-selling memoir. While her mother is finishing up signing books for her fans backstage after another sold-out night, Malia surprises her and expresses how it feels to see thousands of people night after night passionately react to her mom's words.


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"This has demonstrated in a way—it’s just like, damn, those eight years weren't for nothing. You know?" Malia tells her mother. "You see that huge crowd out there and that last kind of speech you gave about—people are here because people really believe in hope and hope in other people."

Malia and her younger sister, Sasha, 18, both made rare appearances and provided brief interviews for the Netflix documentary to speak about how they view their mother's inspiring dedication toward others.

"I'm excited for her to be proud of what she's done, because I think that that's the most important thing for a human to do, is be proud of themselves," says Sasha.

Becoming begins streaming May 6 on Netflix.

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