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July 4th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Malia Obama turns sweet 16

(CNN) – Living in the White House on the 4th of July is not a bad way to celebrate your sweet 16.

Malia and Sasha Obama were ten and seven years old, just little kids when they first stole America's attention at the 2008 Democratic Convention.

Michelle Obama even once led a crowd singing happy birthday to young Malia, on the campaign trail.

And since then, quietly, mostly behind the scenes, they have suddenly become young women. They are now a couple of trend-wearing, gum-chewing, selfie-snapping, joke-sharing, occasionally bored-looking teenagers at the White House.

Malia, now sweet 16, is thinking about colleges, getting her learner's driving permit, and generally, looking to avoid her parents and all the trappings of non-normalcy, just like any teenager would.

"They want nothing to do with us. I'm so serious. I mean, Malia's like, 'God, dad, just please don't come to my school, whatever you do. Just keep your SWAT team," Michelle Obama said on NBC's "The Tonight Show." "We'll ask her: 'Don't you want your friends to come over and watch a movie? And she'll say,'No one wants to come here.'"

As a father of teenage girls that are allowed to date if they'd like, the President finds those armed Secret Service agents pretty handy.

"I trust them to make good decisions. And the second thing is that I have men with guns following them around all the time," Obama told TV host Steve Harvey. "So that kind of makes me less nervous about it ... this is the main reason I ran for re-election. Let me just project out, and I know I'm going to have them covered for most of high school."

Obama has several times now lamented that his girls go out with their friends, leaving less time for family moments.

He experienced a dad's angst after trying to buy them some clothes at Gap once.

"Some of you may have seen the very attractive sweaters that I purchased for my daughters. They have not worn them yet, so if they're listening, make me feel good, just wear it one time," he said.

The family is keeping it private exactly how they will ring in this milestone with Malia on Independence Day, but as far as American super sweet sixteens go, we guess it will be a lot more normal – if Malia gets her wish – then many might imagine for this first daughter.

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