‘Becoming’: Obama Daughters to Give their First Interview Ever in Michelle’s Documentary
Erstwhile first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama have been keeping a low profile ever since former President Barack Obama’s tenure at the White House ended in 2016. Since then, the most we’ve seen of the young girls are a few sightings at family vacations, Malia at Harvard and Sasha at the University of Michigan.
While it is completely understandable as to why they’d want to keep out of the public eye, we will see Malia and Sasha make an appearance in Becoming, the upcoming documentary on Netflix about mother Michelle Obama’s book tour. The much-awaited film, which was announced just a week ago, gives a uniquely casual look at the private and public life of the Obama family. In the year 2018, Michelle published a memoir titled ‘Becoming’ which topped multiple best-selling book lists of that year.
According to Netflix, Becoming is an accompaniment to the book. It will cover Michelle’s tour as well as her upbringing, her family and her eight years at the White House. It features Barack Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, her mother, Marian Shields Robinson and her brother, Craig.
In an interview about the book and Michelle’s life post First Lady-life, Sasha has said that she’s “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." Malia too believes that she is glad that Michelle is no longer under much public scrutiny as she has the opportunity to do a lot more.
Sasha and Malia, as per the many interviews given by both their parents, were brought up in an environment where they were treated like regular people. They were told to “pretend like all the craziness around them wasn't happening," Michelle told Gayle King. Both of them were just 8 and 7 when they first entered the White House as its then inhabitants. That’s why, even during the Obama Presidency, we only saw them in official family photos. The girls were constantly surrounded by armed guards for their security but were asked to go about their daily chores and activities pretending like everything was normal around them.
At the moment, both girls are busy quarantining at home with their parents and attending online classes for their respective universities. In a special chat with Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle revealed that the girls were forced to return home in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, but that this was life’s way of getting back at her since she was keeping so busy otherwise. “I shouldn’t have boasted about that,” she said. “The Gods were getting me back. They’re back. Everybody’s home. The girls are back because colleges are now online. They’re off in their respective rooms doing their online classes and ignoring us.”
Meanwhile, we haven’t seen a lot of Malia and Sasha from Becoming’s trailer and hope that there’s a lot more revealed about the last two years of their life when the film drops on Netflix on May 6.