Former First Daughter Malia Obama grew up flying on Air Force One with her family, but she’s not above a commercial flight.
The 23-year-old screenwriter was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday. A source told DailyMail.com that she was headed to Atlanta, where her boss Donald Glover’s FX series ‘Atlanta’ is filmed.
Obama, who is a writer on Glover’s upcoming Amazon project, was photographed going through TSA and checking her own luggage ahead of her cross-country flight.
She was dressed casually in a dusty rose button-up shirt, which she wore over partially unbuttoned over a white top, and red cargo pants.
Former First Daughter Malia Obama was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday
The screenwriter was dressed casually in a dusty rose button-up shirt, which she wore over partially unbuttoned over a white top, and red cargo pants
Obama was seen rolling her Away brand suitcase into the airport without any help
Obama topped off her look with white sneakers, but instead of a travel bag, she had a MA’O Organic Farms canvas grocery tote slung over her shoulder.
The bag was possibly a souvenir from her family’s recent holiday trip to Hawaii or a gift from her mother, who toured the organic farm in Waianae back in 2011 when she was first lady.
Her long micro braids were worn loose around her shoulders, but she had a scrunchie around her wrist in case she wanted to pull her hair up at any point during her flight.
In March, Glover confirmed that he had given Obama her first post-college job as a writer on his new Amazon series, gushing that she is ‘amazingly talented’ and ‘really focused.’
The multihyphenate, who is also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, was at the season three premiere of ‘Atlanta’ when he opened up about he recruited the Harvard University graduate to work in the writers’ room on his latest project.
Obama topped off her casual airport look with a pair of white sneakers
Obama held onto her luggage as she took an escalator down to security to check her bag
She wore her micro braids loose around her shoulders, but she had a scrunchie around her wrist in case she wanted to pull her hair up at any point during her flight
Obama appeared to have Away’s largest suitcase in the color asphalt, which retails for $425
Obama wore a white mask while in the airport. The Los Angeles County Public Health is issuing a countywide health order last month that requires masks to be worn on all public transit
Obama carried her wallet and cellphone in her hand as she walked through the bustling airport
Instead of a travel bag, she had a MA’O Organic Farms canvas grocery tote slung over her shoulder
The bag was possibly a souvenir from her family’s recent holiday trip to Hawaii or a gift from her mother, who toured the organic farm in Waianae back in 2011
‘She’s just like, an amazingly talented person,’ Glover, 38, told Vanity Fair of Obama. ‘She’s really focused, and she’s working really hard.’
The actor is writing and executive producing the upcoming Amazon series — potentially titled ‘Hive’ — that is reportedly about ‘a Beyoncé-type character.’
Glover did not reveal how Obama — who interned on Lena Dunham’s HBO series ‘Girls’ in 2015 and at The Weinstein Company in 2017 — landed the job after she graduated from college last year.
His younger brother Stephen Glover is also working on the upcoming Amazon project, and he said they were interested in ‘hearing her stories and having her work with them,’ which suggests they may have approached her about the position.
Glover believes Obama has a promising future in the industry, telling the publication, ‘I feel like she’s just somebody who’s gonna have really good things coming soon.’
A source told DailyMail.com that she was headed to Atlanta, where her boss Donald Glover’s FX series ‘Atlanta’ is filmed
Obama relocated to Los Angeles after graduating from Harvard University to work as a screenwriter
Glover, who is also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, confirmed in March that he had given Obama her first post-college job as a writer on his new Amazon series
Obama recently dyed her dark hair light brown while living in sunny California
She had no problem waiting in line with everyone else at the airport, and while she is one of the most famous faces in the world, nobody seemed to notice she was there
Obama used to travel on Air Force One with her parents during her father’s presidency, but she is no stranger to commercial flights
Obama appeared to have a CLEAR pass, which allows for an expedited way to go through security at many major airports
Whether Obama was headed to Atlanta for work or pleasure remains unknown. The fourth and final season of Glover’s hit show is currently in production, but it’s unclear if she planned on meeting him in Atlanta
‘Her writing style is great,’ he added.
Obama, who relocated to Los Angeles for her first Hollywood gig, also earned praise from Stephan.
The ‘Atlanta’ co-writer and executive producer commended her work ethic and ideas, saying they are happy to have her on the team because of her perspective.
Glover, 38, has praised ‘amazingly talented’ Obama as a writer, saying she is ‘focused’ and ‘working really hard’
‘Donald always says perspective is important, and people with different perspectives are important for a writers’ room. And for sure, she definitely has a unique perspective on everything,’ he told Vanity Fair.
‘So we wanted to hear her stories and have her work with us. Listening to her stories and having her involved really gave us a lot of good ideas.’
When asked how he goes about rejecting Obama’s pitches, he made it clear that she isn’t getting any kind of special treatment in the writers’ room because of who her parents are.
‘Well, you know, we just hurt her feelings. We can’t be easy on her just because she’s the [former] president’s daughter,’ Stephan joked.
‘Nah, she’s very down to earth, and cool. So, it’s not a problem at all,’ he added. ‘She has a lot of good ideas. She’s great. She’s just a regular person like everybody else.’
Glover didn’t address whether Obama is joined by bodyguards when she is at work, but he did describe her days in the writers’ room as being like a therapy session.
‘We just talk about how we are feeling and what’s going on in our own lives, and so our work and all the shows we do becomes very personal in that way,’ he said. ‘And at the same time, it’s very fun. We are talking about everything and being honest about things, and getting all kinds of ideas out.’
Obama’s younger sister, Sasha, 20, has also relocated to Los Angeles and is a student at the University of Southern California after transferring from the University of Michigan.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed last month that Sasha is in a relationship with Clifton Powell Jr., 24, the son of ‘Ray’ actor Clifton Powell.
Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have plenty of reasons to fly to the West Coast now that their youngest, Sasha, 20, is also living in Los Angeles
Obama spent some quality time with her sister Sasha’s boyfriend, Clifton Powell Jr, in Los Angeles last week
They enjoyed a casual stroll through a public park together, before taking a brief break so Obama could smoke a cigarette
It appears the former college basketball star is already being treated as a welcome member of her family. Obama was spotted spending time with her younger sister’s beau in Los Angeles last week.
They enjoyed a casual stroll through a public park together, before taking a brief break so Obama could smoke a cigarette.
They were both dressed casually for the outing, with former President Barack Obama’s eldest child sporting a pair of baggy blue jeans and an oversized grey Chicago White Sox T-shirt in a touching nod to her famous parents.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, 58, was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, while President Obama, 60, has lived and worked in the city, where the family still owns a home, off and on since the late 1980s.
The pair were unaccompanied on their walk, affording them plenty of privacy. Both of President Obama’s daughters lost their Secret Service protection when he left the White House, though he and his wife are guaranteed security for the rest of their lives.
Powell and Sasha are understood to have met after she relocated to the West Coast, having left the University of Michigan in order to transfer to USC.