President Obama had much to celebrate on Monday. Not only did the commander-in-chief observe the nation’s independence, but he also commemorated his daughter’s birthday.


“The story of independence is not something that happens and then we just put away,” the president said during the White House’s Independence Day celebration. “It’s something that we have to fight for every single day. It’s something that we have to nurture, and we have to spread the word, and we have to work on. And it involves us respecting each other.”

President Obama then delved into the next task on his agenda, which was shedding light on his daughter Malia’s birthday. “It’s a job of a father to embarrass his daughter,” he told party attendees. “It just so happens we celebrate our country’s birthday on the same day we celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday.” The president then proceeded to sing the Birthday Song to Malia who joined her father onstage near the song’s end. She gave her dad a big hug as onlookers cheered.

Malia celebrated her eighteenth birthday on Monday. The young adult has been enjoying her summer ever since graduating from Sidwell Friends School last month. President Obama sat front row and center as his daughter received her high school diploma.

The commander-in-chief will soon see his daughter off to college when Malia begins Harvard University next year. The young adult was accepted to attend the school this fall but opted to take advantage of the “gap” year policy.

Malia is President and First Lady Obama’s oldest daughter. The first couple also has a younger daughter named Sasha. Watch President Obama sing the Birthday Song to Malia below!

Photo: Associated Press



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