It's a double holiday in the Obama household today. Aside from being the Fourth of July, it's also Malia Obama's 23rd birthday — and to mark the occasion, her parents Michelle and Barack celebrated with nostalgic, never-before-seen photos.
Michelle, for her part, wished her eldest daughter a happy birthday with a sweet snap from when Malia was a teenager. "Happy Fourth of July, everybody — and also, happy 23rd birthday to our dear Malia! It's been a few years since we took this photo, but I know that she'll always be my sweet little girl whose big hugs and big heart always lift up my day," she wrote alongside a photo of the pair sharing a heartwarming embrace. "Malia, we love you, and are so excited to see what this year will bring for you!"
Barack wrote an equally loving message of his own to Malia on Instagram. "Happy Fourth of July, and Happy Birthday, Malia!" the former president captioned a throwback photo of him his daughter twinning in blue and enjoying a laugh together. "It's been such a joy to watch you begin to make your own way in the world with poise, grace, and humor." He jokingly added, "I miss the days when you thought the fireworks were for you."
Last month, Barack and Michelle's youngest daughter Sasha also celebrated a birthday, and officially left her teenage years behind. During an interview with CBS This Morning with Gayle King, the former First Lady opened up about her disbelief over how fast her daughters have grown up. "I almost forgot that this year, this summer, they're going to be 23 and 20," she said of Malia and Sasha. "I mean, I'm just like, 'Stop there.' I don't even have teenagers anymore."
She went on to add that she's excited for Malia's next chapter after graduating from Harvard, but cautiously so. "I am excited, but I'd like to be more excited," she said, "to know that as she [Malia] goes out and gets her first apartment and rides the subway somewhere, that they don't make assumptions about her based on the color of her skin. That she's not at risk, out there in the world as an adult, because she's a Black woman."