All of the members of the Obama family have changed during their eight years in the office, but none more noticeably that the first daughters, Sasha and Malia. They entered the White House at just 7 and 10 years old, and certainly, the eight years that followed made for an extraordinary childhood.

The two jetted around the world in Air Force One, spent every outing accompanied by a team of Secret Service escorts, and emulating their mother, became style icons and role models for young women.

Sasha was the youngest child to inhabit the White House since John F. Kennedy, Jr. created a big stir with her absence from her father’s farewell speech this week. It turns out she was just doing what typical teenagers do, studying for a final. Now 15, we’ve seen her a flutter when she met Hollywood hunk Ryan Reynolds, smirk at her father’s bad jokes, and we got glimpses of her working last summer at a fast-food seafood joint on Martha’s Vineyards.

Sister Malia, a high school graduate, in the fall will attend Harvard, her mother and dad’s alma mater. While in the White House, she learned to drive – taught by the Secret Service, and interned on the set of HBO’s “Girls.” In only the smallest hint of a teenage misstep, Malia was caught on video tweerking at lollapalooza.

“They are wonderful girls,” Obama told Jimmy Fallon last year. “They’re smart and funny, but most importantly, they’re kind. They don’t have an attitude … They’ve just turned out to be incredible kids. I could not be prouder.”

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