Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, was seen walking in New York City at night with a handsome male “friend”, and paparazzi went into a frenzy.
Malia, now 18, enjoyed an evening out with a 23-year old Stanford graduate called Rob Franklin, who is presently working at an art website caled Artsy.
The two apparently met at a Men’s Fashion Week event in February, and have been hanging out in a platonic relationship.
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Yet former U.S. president Obama had already told the press that he was not worried about his daughters dating, because they have Secret Service protection, and also because their mother, Michelle, had raised them to be “smart young ladies”.
Malia is seen smiling and casually laughing with Franklin, as they stroll along the SoHo area of Manhattan, both dressed in casual jeans and coats.
Even though Malia is quite tall, at height of 6.1 feet, Franklin stands much taller than her, so the young man is practically a giant! They were accompanied by another girl.
Franklin is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated in 2015. He started working in New York at another company, but recently took a position in “audience development” at Artsy. On her part, Malia is doing an internship at the Weinstein film company, and will enter Harvard University in the fall.