Malia Obama: Born on the Fourth of July

Malia's turning 14 the same day the country's turning, well, 236.

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Malia's experienced in the fine art of blowing out birthday candles -- here, she helped her dad with his in Matteson, Ill., in 2004.
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Headed out for a weekend in Chicago in June 2012, Malia looks like she's suddenly got an up-and-coming challenger in the height department. Click on for pics of the first family's first daughter through the years....
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Malia even "helped" her dad cast his vote in 2004, when he was running for Senate. Think she voted for him?
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Look how teeny! Here, Malia (R) waited with her parents and little sis Sasha for election returns on Nov. 2, 2004 in Chicago. Barack Obama won the Senate seat.
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The family celebrated Obama's Senate win, Nov. 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. And someone didn't have any front teeth!
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The family celebrated the Senate win -- and all that confetti must have been pretty fun to play in.
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Malia and her dad hopped on a carnival ride at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 16, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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John Edwards was also at the fair -- guess they didn't ride together, though.
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Then-Sen. Barack Obama took a roller-rink twirl with Malia in Lafayette, Indiana on May 3, 2008.
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Even those on the campaign trail need ice cream sometimes. The family stopped at Lew's Drive In on May 18, 2008 in Milwaukee, Oregon.
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Sasha (L) and Malia Obama watched their dad on a video screen during day one of the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 25, 2008 in Denver, Colo.
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Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia were matchy-matchy on stage during day one of the Democratic National Convention.
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Two days before the 2008 election, the family climbed off their snazzy plane o' change in Columbus, Ohio.
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Malia helps her dad vote once again, this time on Nov. 4, 2008. But this time they weren't thinking about a Senate seat...
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Sasha and Malia Obama were ready for big adventure. Their dad wrote them a letter about his hopes and dreams for them.
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The Obama family was ready to celebrate on election night.
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U.S. President elect Barack Obama embraced Malia after he gave his election-night victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park on Nov. 4, 2008.
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With the election over, there was still school to consider. Sasha and Malia Obama got dropped off at school while their dad waited in the car on Nov. 13, 2008 in Chicago.
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Brr! The bundled-up family passed out food at St. Columbanus Parish and School Nov. 26, 2008, in Chicago.
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Malia attended the We Are The Future kids' ball with her mother Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden, the day before Malia's dad was sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S.
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Sasha and Malia Obama weren't even living in the White House yet when they started school at Sidwell Friends.
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During their train trek to D.C. in January 2009, Malia snapped a pic at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia.
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Malia watched as her dad took the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2009. And by the way -- great coats, ladies!
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Malia was all smiles on inauguration day.
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Malia and Sasha finally got their long-awaited puppy in spring 2009.
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The family discusses... hmm, maybe their egg-rolling strategy? -- just before the start of their first White House Easter Egg Roll, on April 13, 2009.
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Malia listened up as her dad read a story at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2009.
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Malia Obama examined the back of a card bearing the photograph of the first dog Bo while working with volunteers and members of Congress to stuff backpacks with books and food during a United We Serve event at Fort McNair on June 25, 2009.
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Malia visited the Eiffel Tower with her mom and sister in June 2009. Not bad for a summer vacation!
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The Obama family lit candles in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
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Malia helped celebrate her family's Hawaiian history at a White House luau in summer 2009.
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The first family visited the Gay Head Lighthouse, in Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, Massachussets. They stayed at Blue Heron Farm, a 28-acre estate on the island while on vacation.
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They took a timeout to buy some snacks, though, on the last day of their vacay. Starburst, anyone?
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Malia was all about the bright colors upon her family's return to the White House after a trip to Camp David, Sept. 6, 2009.
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Malia and Sasha met a turkey named Courage, with Walter Pelletier, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, during a presidential pardon at the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 25, 2009.
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Malia helped read Christmas stories to kiddos at the Children's National Medical Center on Dec. 22, 2009 in D.C.
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Eleven-year-old Malia Obama left the Windward Mall after seeing the movie "Avatar" with her family, Dec. 31, 2009 in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
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Holidays in Hawaii sound pretty good to us....
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Icy treats in Hawaii with the president... sure, why not?
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Malia and her dad served lunch to people at So Others Might Eat in D.C. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2010. And that girl is getting tall!
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Back to winter-weather gear! The family returned to D.C. on Jan. 4, 2010.
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Malia helped her mom read "Horton Hears A Who!" by Dr. Seuss at the 2010 Easter Egg Roll.
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Seriously, this family knows how to coordinate their colors. Here they arrive at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in May 2010.
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Malia Obama (L) rode behind her dad during a family bike ride in Manuel Correllus State Forest, Aug. 27, 2010 in West Tisbury, Mass. The Obamas were heading into their last weekend on Martha's Vineyard before returning to Washington.
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Michelle Obama shook hands with Rev. Luis Leon as the rest of the family headed after church service at St. John's Episcopal Church on Sept. 19, 2010. The president had no public events scheduled that day.
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The first family caught a college basketball game at Howard University Nov. 27, 2010. Howard played against Oregon State, which is coached by Michelle's brother, Craig Robinson.
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Malia Obama enjoyed some patriotic shave ice at Island Snow on Jan. 3, 2011 in Kailua, Hawaii. The Obamas spent 11 days in Hawaii over the holidays.
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The family sang "Happy Birthday" to Michelle on Jan. 17, 2011 during a community service event at the Stuart Hobson Middle School to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (But you just know Malia was thinking something about her parents being embarrassing here.)
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Michelle and Malia returned to the White House March 23, 2011 after a visit to South America. Only one of the two donned festive pants.
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Malia Obama watched Willow Smith perform during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 25, 2011. WIllow whipped her hair back and forth -- no word whether Malia did the same.
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The first family learned how tiles work on the space shuttle during their visit to the Orbital Processing Facility at the NASA Kennedy Space Center on April 29, 2011. More importantly, Malia looks shockingly grown up! Even in a fruit ensemble.
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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by his daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R) after pardoning 'Liberty', a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama with daughter Malia Obama, and, from left, Jamillah Linkins and Marianne Ali, participate in a service project to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary at DC Central Kitchen September 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. The First Family packaged meals that will go to organizations such as DC Public Schools, Covenant House Washington, and New Endeavors by Women. (Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama (R) walk with their daughters Sasha (2L) and Malia (2R) through Lafayette Square from St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church to the White House July 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. The First Family attended Sunday services.(Photo by Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images)
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Malia joined volunteers at the Browne Education Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2012.
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Malia shopped at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle with her dad and little sis on Small Business Friday, Nov. 26, 2011. They later attended a basketball game at Towson University to see Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson, coaching the visiting Oregon State Beavers.
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Malia and her family watched the World Cup game between the U.S. and Japan in the Treaty Room of the White House, July 17, 2011.
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Malia biked with her dad while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard in August 2011.
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Malia and her family joined in for a song during the annual Christmas in Washington gala on Dec. 11, 2011.
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Malia stood out from her family with her choice of colors during a walk from St. John's Church in December 2011.
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Here's one for the memory books: the first family posing with... "elves."
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In this photo provided by the White House, the first family shares their Christmas family portrait, taken in the Oval Office on Dec. 11, 2011.
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Still not embarrassed to hold Dad's hand while on vacation in Hawaii in December 2011.
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Malia and her fam visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art in January 2012 to see the "30 Americans" exhibition, featuring the work of African-American artists.
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A nicely coordinated Sasha, Michelle and Malia attended Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles in March 2012.
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Malia, along with the rest of her family, read to the kiddos during the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2012.
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