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Agents Taught Malia to Drive Since Mom Wasn't Allowed in the Car

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Apr 2015 05:40 PM

Michelle Obama said in an interview this week that Secret Service agents taught Malia how to drive since the first lady wasn't allowed in the same car as her 16-year-old daughter at the same time.

Obama told celebrity chef and daytime talk-show host Rachael Ray that it was the armed agents who provide around-the-clock security for the family that conducted Malia's driving lessons, The Associated Press said.

"The Secret Service, actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Obama said in an excerpt of the interview that was released by Ray's program. The full interview is set to air Thursday.

Obama hasn't driven herself in seven or eight years, she said.

She added that driving gives Malia "a sense of normalcy," helping her feel like the rest of her friends who are also driving. "And my kids have got to learn how to live in the world like normal kids."

When Ray says that the Obamas seem "so grounded," the first lady replies that her "hope is just to make sure that they (her daughters) come out of this thing as functioning adults, you know?"

Obama, whose younger daughter Sasha is 13, said Malia also drives herself around Washington.

"She always has security around but in order for her to learn how to drive she had to drive on her own," the first lady said during a separate interview on "Live! With Kelly and Michael" earlier this week. "So once she was legally permitted to drive on her own, she gets in her car."

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Michelle Obama said in an interview this week that Secret Service agents taught Malia how to drive since the first lady wasn't allowed in the same car as her 16-year-old daughter at the same time.
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