Monday, July 7, 2014

Malia Obama Gets A Car For Her Sweet 16 ... But Birthday Girl Has No Driver's License!

First Lady Michelle Obama, center, with her daughters Malia, left, and Sasha. Malia turned 16 on Friday and reportedly received a car as a gift. But DC driving rules forbid her from getting behind the wheel alone until she turns 17 
Malia celebrated her birthday on Friday, the Fourth of July, as rapper Pitbull performed on the White House lawn
 She'll have to wait another year before she can drive on her own thanks to Washington driving rules
 'Ladies and gentlemen in DC, watch out!' said her mother, First Lady Michelle Obama

First daughter Malia Obama received a brand new car for her sweet 16 birthday on Friday, according to sources close to the first family, but unfortunately for her she won't be able to drive it alone for at least another year.

Drivers in the District received fair warning in February that Malia may soon be behind the wheel of a car - from her mother no less.

'Ladies and gentlemen in DC, watch out!' first lady Michelle Obama joked at the time. 'Malia Obama on the road - kinda frightening.' 

Details of the make, model and color weren't immediately available, or even how she spent the day, which happens to coincide with the date the US celebrates its independence.

President Barack Obama has striven to keep his family out of the spotlight, and staffers have remained mum about any planned festivities.

We do know that rapper Pitbull performed on the South Lawn of the executive mansion, though it wasn't clear if that was for Malia or just part of the White House's 4th of July celebrations.

And the president, in remarks to celebrate the holiday, made a few comments about the birthday girl.

'And, of course, this is always a special day for us because this is Malia’s birthday,' he said. 'She’s getting her license, but she has to practice a little bit before that happens.'

In any case, Malia may now have her own wheels but driving on her own is out of the question - let alone without her Secret Service escort.

Washington requires teens to be at least 17 to drive a car without an adult present, and that's only after holding a provisional license for six months, according to the Daily Caller.

At 16, she can acquire a learner's permit, but an adult must be in the front seat at all times, and she can only be on the road from 6am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 6am to 11:50pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Malia watches on as her dad is sworn in as the 44th US president by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in 2009

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