One of the first daughters is about to get behind the wheel.
“One child is going to be driving this summer,” first lady Michelle Obama said of her daughter Malia’s upcoming milestone in an interview with “Access Hollywood” Tuesday.
“Look out,” she joked.
Seeing a teenager with the key in the ignition is always a little scary for parents. But a first daughter’s first drive comes with its own set of challenges.
The White House, however, have been a little sketchy on its plans. Here’s what we know:
1. What’s special about July 4?
It’s Malia Obama’s 16th birthday. (OK, yes; it’s Independence Day, too.) For the elder first daughter, sweet 16 comes with a very important piece of paper: The young lady who was just 10 years old when her father took office is set to get her learners’ permit this summer.
2. Parents, Not Teachers
Here’s the one thing we do know: The president and first lady will not be the ones teaching their daughter to drive.
Their schedules are pretty jam-packed as it is and, even if they weren’t, the secret service likely wouldn’t feel comfortable allowing the commander-in-chief and his wife in the car with a newbie.
“Neither of us” will be involved in Malia’s driving lessons, Michelle. Obama said on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”
“I think our agents don’t want us driving with teenagers,” she added. “I don’t think they want [the president] in the state when she’s learning how to drive. We will, fortunately, be able to hand that responsibility over to someone else.”
3. What about Malia’s Secret Service detail?
Agents watch over the president’s daughters 24/7, whether they’re at home, school or on the road. Just a few weeks ago, they put the White House on lockdown after a blue car inadvertently followed the girls’ motorcade through a checkpoint on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The White House has remained mum on how Malia’s detail will handle her driving lessons.
When asked if agents will sit in the back seat, Michelle Obama would say only, “We’ve got a plan.”
4. Crash Course
No word yet on where Malia will practice. The ellipse – the circular drive in front of the White House – would hardly allow a bumbling driver privacy to bump the curb in peace.
Maybe we’ll see her cruising around the parking lot of her high school, Sidwell Friends School? Or with her pedal to the metal on Pennsylvania Avenue?
Michelle Obama’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.