In Top List by stephen abiodun on the 15th, August, 2019

The Shocking Story Untold Truth Of Sasha Obama

Ever since her father took office in 2009, Sasha Obama has been known almost solely as a president’s daughter. Growing up both in the public eye, but also under extreme protection, it’s safe to say that Obama’s childhood was anything but ordinary. And yet, the famous daughter has had some moments over the years that help teens relate to her.

There’s more to know about this presidential teen than just her father. At 16 years old as of June 2017, the little girl who came to the White House is no longer so little. And now that Obama is well into her teenage years and no longer obligated to be the first daughter, she’s doing big things.

While people of the United States and the world have seen Obama through the years, there’s still quite a few things you probably don’t know about her. So let’s take a closer look at some unexpected facts about Sasha Obama

Sasha isn’t her real name
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We first met Sasha Obama during her father’s race for the White House. Once he won the election, then 7-year-old Sasha was instantly in public view. Over her father’s two terms in office, the world saw her grow up from young girl to full-fledged teenager. You’d would think by the time her father left the White House eight years later, there wouldn’t be much unknown about the teen. Not quite! Did you know that Sasha isn’t even her real name?

It turns out, Sasha is actually short for Natasha. Mind blown. Although this was first revealed in 2016 when news outlets reported she was using her full first name for a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard (more on that later), it flew under the radar. That is, until Twitter user Ashley C. Ford shared the news in 2017, sending all of Twitter into a frenzy. One Twitter user commented on the first daughter’s name, sharing, “My entire life is a lie.” And, of course, the GIF responses were amazing, as one expects from Twitter.

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​A childhood scare

It’s not common knowledge, but Sasha Obama got very, very sick when she was very, very young. Former president Barack Obama reflected on the experience in a campaign video that Politico reported on.

“People ask me what was the hardest time in my life — they ask, well what about during the debt ceiling debate and this and that and the other thing,” he noted. But those situations paled in comparison to what he went through when his youngest daughter was an infant. “Sasha got meningitis when she was 3 months old,” he revealed. “I still remember going to the hospital together and they had to give her a spinal tap.” Meningitis is a serious, life-threatening disease, so it’s no surprise that he was acutely concerned.

“Your world narrows to this very small point,” he continued, describing how it felt in the moment. “There’s one thing you care about and you don’t care about anything else.” Fortunately, Sasha made a full recovery, and lives a happy and healthy life to this day.

 

Meeting Ryan Reynolds was major for her
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Sometimes it’s hard to picture Obama as a real teen going through the same things as the average kid, but then those beautiful moments happen to remind the world that Sasha Obama is super relatable and just like everyone else growing up… well, most of the time.

A perfect example of this came in 2016 when Obama attended her first state dinner. It just so happened that there were some celebrities there, including the crush-worthy Ryan Reynolds. And let’s just say, being daughter of the president has some major perks as Obama had the opportunity to meet the actor.

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As Time reported, there was a great photo-op where Obama met Reynolds with her sister Malia looking on, giving a thumbs up to her lucky sister. Obama’s joy at meeting the actor is just how other teens — and, honestly, adults — would react during that interaction. You go girl.

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