Sasha & Malia, acting their age


Sasha (L) and Malia Obama, daughters of US President Barack Obama, take a photo of themselves during the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
AFP Photo/Joe Klamar


“Obama’s daughters were definitely not posing,” said AFP photographer Joe Klamar, who took the picture above. “I imagine they were simply finding ways to entertain themselves during the day-long events surrounding their Dad’s inauguration. I was at the media tribune with a 400mm lens watching the presidential family while they were checking out the parade.” 

“I was mainly snapping the president, looking for moments when he reacted to something, or when he was meeting with officials,” Joe continued. “The girls were clearly having fun, but I didn’t think too much about it despite having taken these pics. As it turned out, they were among the more touching photos of the day.”

Sasha (L) and Malia Obama, daughters of US President Barack Obama, take a photo of themselves during the Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
AFP Photo/Joe Klamar

AFP’s White House correspondent Tangi Quemener agrees that Joe caught a candid shot. “Like Joe, I think this was spontaneous moment, the kind the White House is generally stingy with,” he told us. “The girls are not part of Obama’s communications strategy. They appear at public events only when protocol requires, and are otherwise shielded from curious shutterbugs. The expressions and body language of the girls, I think, is just typical of their age.” 

Tangi points out that Sasha and Malia were on their best behavior at the key moments, including the swearing in of their father by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Mugging for their own cell phones “happened during the parade, which included not just troops, but also marching bands and baton-twirling majorettes. And even Mr. And Mrs. Obama sometimes wore expressions closer to those of football fans than the head of state and first lady!"