Malia Obama Is The Latest First Daughter to Face Intense Scrutiny Because of Her Father

Malia Obama, the oldest daughter
and child of former President Barack Obama, was recorded looking dazed
as she was carted away from the Lollapalooza music festival Friday in
Chicago, just hours after her dancing and flailing antics also were
recorded on video, TMZ reported Tuesday.

Two videos, the first published Saturday showing the
19-year-old writhing on the ground, are likely to increase scrutiny on
the former first daughter and potentially up the attention paid to her
younger sister Sasha. But, like many a first daughter before her,
Malia’s likely struggle to enjoy the rigors of her youth out of the
public eye is likely to continue as evidenced by predecessors such as
President George W. Bush’s twin daughters, Jenna and Laura, and
President Bill Clinton’s only child, Chelsea. Meanwhile, current
President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, also a key adviser to her
father’s administration, has perhaps cast a new mold for future first
daughters.

Each has had to deal with life under the political
microscope because of their powerful fathers no matter their political
party affiliation. Earlier this year, Malia attended a premiere party
for the HBO series “Girls” and was spotted dancing into the wee hours of
the night, Page Six reported, while also mingling with stars of the show as well as a Saturday Night Live cast member.

Her sister, Sasha, also was
splashed along gossip websites because of Lollapalooza. A picture
surfaced of the 16-year-old kissing a young man named Matt Metzler,
which led The Daily Beast to posit the question: “When are we gonna leave these girls alone?”

The answer to the question, given the age of
social media and type of celebrity fame that President Obama gained both
before, during and since his administration ended is likely never. But
the Bush twins know that all too well.

In May 2001, when their father
had been in office for just about four months, the 19-year-olds were
issued citations for underaged drinking in Austin, Texas. It was the
second such citation for Jenna Bush in less than a five-week period, USA Today reported.

While attention is paid to presidential
offspring’s perceived missteps, Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump have
faced scrutiny for their possible political aspirations.

Clinton, who was just about to turn 13 when
her father took the oath of office, was heavily chastised in March after
entertainment publication Variety announced it would give her
the Lifetime Impact Award for her work with the Alliance for the
Healthier Generation. Technically, the award was not for “lifetime
achievement” but due to her political royalty status, it was suggested
that Clinton was only receiving the award because of her father and mother’s accomplishments.

That level of criticism, as well
as her father and mother’s political scandals, are likely to plague
Clinton should she actually run for public office, which has been
rumored but she has largely denied.

Ivanka Trump, who has long been billed as a
sort of “whisperer” of her father, is already feeling the public wrath
since taking a position in the Trump administration earlier this year.
Most notably, the fact that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, were
unable to deter the president from pulling out of the Paris Climate
Agreement and hinder his ban on transgender troops serving in the U.S.
military, has led many to question their true effectiveness on a
president known for being quite impulsive.

That’s also led Republicans and members of the media to call for the Trump “kids” to be taken off the White House staff.

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