The White House announced on Sunday that the Obamas’ elder daughter Malia Obama will be going to Harvard University starting 2017. She will take a year off before that.
Her parents also went to Harvard, but much later in their respective educational careers. Barack Obama went to Harvard after Occidental College, Los Angeles and Columbia University, New York. Her mother, Michelle Obama (then Michelle LaVaughn Robinson), went to Harvard after Princeton.
And both the adult Obamas went to the Harvard law school. But that’s not where they met, despite overlapping years.
Malia and her younger sister Sasha go to an elite private school in DC, Sidwell Friends, which counts several first children among its alumni, including Chelsea Clinton.
Media speculation about Malia’s college pick has been on for a while, especially after she moved to senior classes, with all the usual Ivy Leagues and west coast institutions thrown in.
The New York Times reported last October she had toured six of the eight Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. And also Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, the top institution on the west coast. Also New York University, Tufts, Barnard and Wesleyan, the Times had added.
She picked Harvard, or, rather, the other way around. There is no word on how well she did in school, and the media has stayed off the subject, as it has with other first children.
Sasha has two more years to go. And President Obama said at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner he and his wife intend to stay in DC for two more years to let her finish school.